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

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MONETARY STATISTICS FOR JULY PUBLISHED ...................... 1

JUNE RESULTS OF RETAIL SALES SURVEY RELEASED ................ ‘t

OPENING OF AREA TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM ...................... 7

APPROVAL TO CARRY OUT ELECTRICITY WORKS IN NT ............... 8

AMENDED REGULATIONS ALLOW ADVERTISEMENTS DURING TV NEWS ..... 9

SEWERAGE MASTERPLAN STUDY FOR NORTH WEST KOWLOON ............ 9

INCREASES IN MARINE DEPARTMENT FEES IN OCTOBER .............. 10

REVISED FEES FOR COUNTRY PARK PERMITS ....................... 12

DISCO NIGHT TO CLOSE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.................. 1*t

NEW PEAK TRAMWAY SAFETY REGULATIONS ......................... 15

NEW ACCESSES FOR TAI PO NEW TOWN SITES ...................... 15

FORMATION, ROADS AND DRAINAGE WORKS FOR FANLING.............. 16

ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN KOWLOON TONG TO BE CLOSED ............. 17

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHAM SHOT PO ........................ 17

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1989

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MONETARY STATISTICS FOR JULY PUBLISHED

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

IN LINE WITH THE RISE IN HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS, HONG KONG DOLLAR MONEY SUPPLY ON ALL DEFINITIONS REGISTERED INCREASES DURING JULY.

TOTAL LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED BY AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS FELL IN JULY COMPARED WITH JUNE, MAINLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO DECLINES IN LOANS FOR TRADE FINANCING AND OFFSHORE LOANS, PARTICULARLY EURO-YEN LOANS.

ON THE OTHER HAND, LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG INCREASED MORE RAPIDLY IN JULY THAN IN THE PRECEDING MONTH.

DEPOSITS

HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS WITH AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS GREW BY 0.3 PER CENT IN JULY, FOLLOWING AN INCREASE OF 1.0 PER CENT IN MAY AND A DECLINE OF 0.4 PER CENT IN JUNE. OF THESE DEPOSITS, DEMAND AND SAVINGS DEPOSITS ROSE BY 1.2 PER CENT AND 0.9 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY WHILE TIME DEPOSITS DROPPED BY 0.2 PER CENT.

DURING THE 12 MONTHS ENDING JULY 1989, TOTAL HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS GREW BY 15.8 PER CENT.

FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS WITH AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS ROSE BY 2.2 PER CENT IN JULY, FOLLOWING AN INCREASE OF 0.4 PER CENT IN MAY AND A DECREASE OF 1.4 PER CENT IN JUNE. AMONG THESE DEPOSITS U.S. DOLLAR DEPOSITS ROSE BY 0.5 PER CENT IN JULY WHILE NON-U.S. DOLLAR GREW BY 4.1 PER CENT.

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

FOREIGN CURRENCY SWAP DEPOSITS GREW BY 3.5 PER CENT IN JULY, AFTER INCREASES OF 4.3 PER CENT AND 3.7 PER CENT IN MAY AND JUNE RESPECTIVELY. ADJUSTED TO INCLUDE THESE DEPOSITS, HONG KONG DOLLAR DEPOSITS GREW BY 0.8 PER CENT IN JULY AND BY 20.9 PER CENT COMPARED WITH A YEAR EARLIER.

ON THE OTHER HAND, FOREIGN CURRENCY DEPOSITS, ADJUSTED TO EXCLUDE SWAP DEPOSITS, INCREASED BY 2.0 PER CENT IN JULY AND BY 20.9 PER CENT OVER THE YEAR.

DEPOSITS OF ALL CURRENCIES WITH BANKS ROSE BY 1.6 PER CENT IN JULY WHILE THOSE WITH DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES FELL BY 1.5 PER CENT. OVER THE 12 MONTHS ENDING JULY 1989, THE FORMER ROSE BY 22.3 PER CENT WHILE THE LATTER GREW BY 5.3 PER CENT.

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MONEY SUPPL'.

IIKSM1. HKSM2 AND HK$M3 GREW BY 0.5 PER CENT, 0.5 PER CENT AND 0.2 I'ER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN JULY. THEIR CORRESPONDING RATES OF CHANGE IN JUNE WERE -0.8 PER CENT, 0.5 PER CENT AND 0 PER CENT.

DURING THE 12 MONTHS ENDING JULY 1989, HK$M1, HKSM2 AND HKSM3 ROSE BY 7.8 PER CENT, 16.8 PER CENT AND 15.6 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

ADJUSTED TO TAKI ACCOUNT OF SWAP DEPOSITS, HKSM2 AND HKSM3 GREW BY 0.9 PER CENT AND 0.6 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN JULY. COMPARED WITH A YEAR EARLIER. THEY GREW BY 21.7 PER CENT AND 20.2 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

TOTAL Ml, M2 AND M3 GREW BY 0.1 PER CENT, 1.5 PER CENT AND 1.3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN JULY. THEIR CORRESPONDING RATES 01 CHANGE IN JUNE WERE 0.2 PER CENT. -0.8 PER CENT AND -0.8 PER CENT.

OVER THE YEAR, TOTAL Ml, M2 AND M3 GREW BY 7.1 PER CENT, 22.1 PER CENT AND 20.8 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

LOANS AND ADVANCES

TOTAL OUTSTANDING LOANS AND ADVANCES EXTENDED BY AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS DECREASED BY 0.4 PER CENT IN JULY. FOLLOWING A FALL OF 1.7 PER CENT IN MAY AND AN INCREASE OF 3.2 PER CENT IN JUNE.

OF THE TOTAL OUTSTANDING LOANS, THOSE DENOMINATED IN HONG KONG DOLLARS GREW BY 1.6 PER CENT WHILE THOSE DENOMINATED IN FOREIGN CURRENCIES DROPPED BY 2.0 PER CENT.

LOANS TO FINANCE VISIBLE TRADE OF HONG KONG FELL BY 0.2 PER CENT IN JULY, FOLLOWING INCREASES OF 3.0 PER CENT AND-5.0 PER CENT IN MAY AND JUNE RESPECTIVELY. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 26.2 PER CENT.

OTHER LOANS FOR USE IN HONG KONG GREW BY 1.9 PER CENT IN JULY COMPARED WITH INCREASES OF 2.0 PER CENT AND 0.2 PER CENT IN MAY AND JUNE RESPECTIVELY. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 35.6 PER CENT.

LOANS FOR USE OUTSIDE HONG KONG DECREASED BY 5.4 PER CENT IN JULY, AFTER A DECLINE OF 5.6 PER CENT IN MAY AND AN INCREASE OF 5.2 PER CENT IN JUNE. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 14.1 PER CENT.

LOANS TO FINANCE MERCHANDISING TRADE NOT TOUCHING HONG KONG INCREASED BY 3.1 PER CENT IN JULY, AFTER DECREASES OF 21.7 PER CENT AND 0.8 PER CENT IN MAY AND JUNE RESPECTIVELY. OVER THE YEAR, THESE LOANS GREW BY 74.8 PER CENT.

NUMBER OF REPORTING INSTITUTIONS

THE NUMBERS OF REPORTING LICENSED BANKS AND LICENSED DEPOSITTAKING COMPANIES REMAINED UNCHANGED AT 160 AND 35 RESPECTIVELY, WHILE THAT OF REGISTERED DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES DECREASED BY TWO TO 209.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

MONETARY STATISTICS - JULV 1989

(HKSmn)

Jul 1989 Earlier months

(% change to July 1989)

Money Supply Jun 1989 Apr 1989 Jul 1988

X) X) X) X) X) X) X) X) X)

Ml - HKS Foreign currency Total M2 - HKS Foreign currency Total M3 - HKS Foreign currency Total 78,863 9,027 87.890 377,568 527,636 905,404 412,111 562,077 974,187 78.459 9.365 87.823 375,639 516,186 891.825 411,364 550,262 961,626 i HMOMMOOWO X) %) %) X) %) X) %) %) X) 78,285 8.890 87.175 . 371.267 519.146 890.413 408,119 556.626 964.745 ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( 0.7 1.5 0.8 1.7 1.7 1.7 1.0 1.0 1.0 X) X) %) X) X) X) X) %) X) 73.188 8,863 82,051 323,217 418,010 741,227 356,457 450,064 806,521 ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( ( 7.8 1.9 7.1 16.8 26.3 22.1 15.6 24.9 20.8

Notes and coins in circulation of which held by public 36.339 31.552 36,727 31,721 ( -1.1 ( -0.5 X) %) 35.300 30.976 ( ( 2.9 1.9 X) %) 30,977 27,213 ( ( 17.3 15.9 X) X)

Total Deposits 54.838 168,740 X)

X) X) X) X) 56.199 162.000 ( ( 0.2 5.6 X) X) ( ( Z. i

Total Demand deposits 56,339 171,059 629,465 56,102 172,232 614.635 67,744 366,942 297.824 245,946 910,713 ( 0.4 ( -0.7 1.4 X)

Total Savings deposits Total Time deposits with banks ( 2.4 ( -15 624.195 72.142 ( ( 0.8 -7.5 X) X) 477.123 63,402 ( ( 31.9 5.3 X) X)

Total Time deposits with dtcs HKS deposits USS deposits Other foreign currency deposits 66,75Z 368.139 299,334 256,142 923,614 \ A • *z ( 0.3 ( 0.5 ( 4.1 ( 14 X) X) X) X) 364,747 288.238 261,551 914,535 ( ( ( ( 0.9 3.8 -2.1 1.0 %) %) X) X) 317.819 237,791 208.492 764,102 ( ( ( ( 15.8 25.9 22.9 20.9 %) X) X) X)

All deposits 66.1

Foreign currency swap deposits 59,230 57,200 ( 3.5 X) 52,858 ( 12.1 X) 35.662 ( K)

Total Loans and advances X) X) 60,734 11,912 ( ( 8.0 -19.8 X) X) 51,959 5.464 ( ( 26.2 74.8 X)

To finance H.K.’s visible trade To finance merchandising trade 65,568 9.549 65,687 9,262 ( -0.2 ( 3.1 O/ \

not touching H.K. 545,203 KIR O')/ ( 1 9 %) 523.654 ( 4.1 X) 402.034 ( 35.6 % )

Other loans for use in H.K. H.K. of 393,037 79,789 ( -5 4 X) 396,070 ( -6.1 X) 325.953 ( 14.1 %)

Other loans for use outside Other loans where the place 3/1,971 86,067 ( 7.9 %) 74,815 ( 15.0 X) 54,616 ( 57.6 %)

use is not known 493.069 585.289 1.078.358 485.485 ( 1.6 %) 474,346 ( 3.9 X) 356,373 ( ( ( 38.4 X)

Loans in HKS Loans in foreign currencies Total loans and advances 597,514 1.082,999 ( -2.0 ( -0.4 592,839 1,067.184 ( ( -1.3 1.0 X) X) 483,653 840,026 21.0 28.4 zo ) o, \ A- 1

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JUNE RESULTS OF RETAIL SALES SURVEY RELEASED t t * * *

THE VALUE OF TOTAL RETAIL SALES IN JUNE 1989, ESTIMATED AT $7,957 MILLION, DECREASED BY 4 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH JUNE 1988 WHILST THEIR VOLUME DECREASED BY 10 PER CENT, ACCORDING TO THE PROVISIONAL RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THIS REFLECTS A SLACKENING IN LOCAL CONSUMER SPENDING AS WELL AS A SIGNIFICANT DECREASE IN THE NUMBER OF TOURISTS COMING TO HONG KONG IN JUNE. THE EVENTS IN CHINA IN EARLY JUNE COULD HAVE MUCH TO DO WITH THE LATTER FACTOR.

COMPARED WITH JUNE 1988, RETAIL SALES OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO WENT UP BY 14 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 2 PER CENT IN VOLUME. FUELS WENT UP BY 9 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 2 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

ON THE SAME BASIS OF COMPARISON, CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS DECREASED BY 12 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 20 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. CONSUMER DURABLES DROPPED BY 18 PfcR CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 22 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

OTHER CONSUMER GOODS DECREASED BY 5 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 9 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, SALES OF SUPERMARKETS INCREASED BY 8 PER CENT IN VALUE BUT FELL BY 3 PER CENT IN VOLUME. MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS WENT DOWN BY 1 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 7 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. SALES BY DEPARTMENT STORES DECREASED BY 6 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 13 PER CENT IN VOLUME. CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS DROPPED BY 28 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 30 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

COMPARING THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988, TOTAL RETAIL SALES INCREASED BY 10 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 2 PER CENT IN VOLUME. SALES OF FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO INCREASED BY 15 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 3 PER CENT IN VOLUME. FUELS WENT UP BY 7 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 2 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

RETAIL SALES OF CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS ROSE BY 16 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 5 PER CENT IN VOLUME. CONSUMER DURABLES INCREASED BY 5 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE BUT FELL BY 2 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

OTHER CONSUMER GOODS WENT UP BY 9 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 3 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

ANALYSED BY SELECTED TRADES, RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS INCREASED BY 37 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 28 PER CENT IN VOLUME. SALES BY DEPARTMENT STORES ROSE BY 13 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 3 PER CENT IN VOLUME. SUPERMARKETS SALES WENT UP BY 12 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 1 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

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HOWEVER, CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS DECREASED BY 11 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 15 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

WHEN COMPARED WITH MAY 1989. AND BEARING IN MIND THAT THIS COMPARISON MAY BE AFFECTED BY SEASONAL FACTORS, TOTAL RETAIL SALES FOR JUNE 1989 DECREASED BY 10 PER CENT IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME.

FOODSTUFFS, ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO DROPPED BY 4 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 6 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME. FUELS WENT DOWN BY 5 PER CENT IN SALES VALUE AND 7 PER CENT IN SALES VOLUME.

IN BOTH SALES VALUE AND VOLUME TERMS, CONSUMER DURABLES DECREASED BY 14 PER CENT WHILE CLOTHING, FOOTWEAR AND ALLIED PRODUCTS FELL BY 23 PER CENT.

SALES OF OTHER CONSUMER GOODS DECREASED BY 9 PER CENT IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME.

ANAYLSED BY SELECTED TRADES, SUPERMARKETS SALES ROSE BY 2 PER CENT IN VALUE AND 1 PER CENT IN VOLUME.

SALES OF "CONSUMER DURABLES OTHER THAN MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS" AND SALES BY DEPARTMENT STORES DECREASED BY 12 PER CENT IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME. RETAIL SALES OF MOTOR VEHICLES AND PARTS DROPPED BY 16 PER CENT IN BOTH VALUE AND VOLUME.

TABLE 1 PRESENTS THE REVISED TOTAL RETAIL SALES FIGURE FOR MAY 1989 AND THE PROVISIONAL FIGURE FOR JUNE 1989.

TABLE 2 SHOWS THE VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES IN MAY AND JUNE 1989 (A) FOR ALL RETAIL TRADES, (B) BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS AND (C) BY SELECTED TRADES (WHICH FORM PART OF THE RELEVANT MAJOR TRADE GROUPS), WITH AVERAGE RETAIL SALES FROM OCTOBER 1984 TO SEPTEMBER 1985 TAKEN AS 100.

COMPARISONS OF JUNE 1989 RESULTS WITH THOSE FOR MAY 1989 AND WITH THOSE FOR JUNE 1988, AND COMPARISONS OF RETAIL SALES IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988, ARE ALSO GIVEN.

THE REPORT CONTAINING THE ANALYSIS OF THE JUNE 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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TABLE I : TOTAL RETAIL SALES

Total Retail Sales for June 19B9 (Provisional Figure) - HKI 7,957million

for Hay 1989 (Revised Figure) = HK1 B,B7lmillion

TABLE 2 : VALUE AND VOLUME INDEXES OF RETAIL SALES FOR MAY I989 AND JUNE I989

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

1 1 Itei : 1 1 (A) FOR ALL RETAIL TRADES (B) BY MAJOR TRADE GROUPS Foodstuffs, alcoholic I drinks and tobacco Fuels Clothing, footwear and allied products Consuaer durables Other consuaer goods (C) BY SELECTED TRADES (see note 1 below) Supermarkets Motor vehicles and parts Consuaer durables other than aotor vehicles and parts Department stores Index of I Retail 1 Sales 1 Value Volute Value 1 Volume Value Volume Value Volume Value Volume Value Volume Value Volume Value 1 Volume ! Value ! Volume ' Value ! Volume 1 1 May 1989 (Revised figures) 158 123 143 113 117 118 180 127 149 111 173 134 175 137 290 194 105 86 191 138 1 June 1989 (Provisional figures) 142 HO 137 107 HI HO 13B 98 128 96 157 122 179 139 245 163 93 76 168 121 June 1989 I compared with 1 May 1989 1 Points X ! । । । । । -16 -10 I -13 -10 -6 -4 -6 -6 -6 -5 -B -7 -42 -23 -29 -23 -20 -14 -15 -14 -16 -9 -12 -9 4 2 2 1 -45 -16 -31 -16 -13 -12 -10 -12 -23 -12 1 -16 -12 June 1989 compared with ’ June 1988 I Points I -6 -4 -12 -10 17 14 ' 2 2 10 9 2 2 -19 -12 -24 -20 -28 -18 -28 -22 -8 -5 -12 -9 13 8 -4 -3 -3 -1 -12 -7 -36 -28 -33 -30 -10 -6 -18 -13 Jan.-Jun. 19B9 compared with Jan.-Jun. 1988 Points I 14 10 3 2 18 15 3 3 6 7 2 2 25 16 7 5 8 5 -2 -2 14 9 3 3 17. 12 1 I 80 37 43 28 -14 -11 -16 -15 24 13 5 3 1

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

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

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

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

(d) "Department stores' - a trade in the 'Other consuaer goods' group.

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

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OPENING OF AREA TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM

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TRAFFIC LIGHTS AT 160 ROAD JUNCTIONS ON HONG KONG ISLAND ARE BROUGHT UNDER THE CONTROL OF A NEW CENTRAL COMPUTER SYSTEM WITH THE OPENIbG OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT’S HONG KONG AREA TRAFFIC CONTROL (HKATC) SYSTEM.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY TODAY (FRIDAY), CHAIRMAN OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE, MISS MARIA TAM, SAID THE HKATC, ONE OF THE MOST ADVANCED SYSTEMS IN THE WORLD, HAD THE CAPABILITY TO OPERATE TRAFFIC LIGHT SIGNALS IN RESPONSE TO CHANGES IN TRAFFIC CONDITIONS AND WOULD HELP RELIEVE CONGESTION ON THE ROAD AND CUT JOURNEY TIME OF THE TRAVELLING PUBLIC.

THE ACTING COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, MR PANG HAU-CHUNG, SAID AT THE CEREMONY THAT THE SYSTEM WAS CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING TRAFFIC AT MORE THAN 300 ROAD JUNCTIONS AND THAT THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT INTENDED TO CONNECT MOST OF THE TRAFFIC SIGNALS ON THE ISLAND TO THE SYSTEM IN PHASES.

MR PANG POINTED OUT THAT A SIMILAR SYSTEM IN KOWLOON, WHICH WAS INSTALLED 12 YEARS AGO, HAD PROVED TO BE EFFECTIVE IN REDUCING CONGESTION AND ACHIEVED ABOUT 30 PER CENT SAVINGS IN JOURNEY TIME.

THE S65 MILLION HKATC PROJECT INCLUDED THE PROVISION OF A CENTRAL COMPUTER SYSTEM, TRAFFIC CONTROLLERS, VEHICLE DETECTORS AND A DEDICATED CABLE NETWORK.

THE TRAFFIC SIGNALS ON HONG KONG ISLAND ARE DIVIDED INTO EIGHT SEPARATE GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS, EACH OF WHICH IS UNDER THE DIRECT SUPERVISION OF A DEDICATED COMPUTER IN THE CONTROL CENTRE.

THE CO-ORDINATION OF THESE EIGHT SEPARATE COMPUTERS IS HANDLED BY TWO OTHER COMPUTERS WHICH ALSO PROVIDE THE OPERATOR WITH DIRECT CONTROL OF THE SIGNALS AS AND WHEN REQUIRED.

THE SYSTEM ALSO INCLUDES AN ADDITIONAL CONTROL PACKAGE CALLED THE SPLIT CYCLE AND OFFSET OPTIMISATION TECHNIQUE (SCOOT) DEVELOPED IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

THIS PACKAGE ENABLES THE SYSTEM TO RESPOND TO INSTANT CHANGES IN THE PREVAILING TRAFFIC CONDITIONS, WHICH ARE MONITORED THROUGH DETECTORS AT SELECTED ROAD INTERSECTIONS.

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APPROVAL TO CARRY OUT ELECTRICITY WORKS IN NT

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WORKS IN CONNECTION WITH AN APPROVED SCHEME OF ELECTRICITY TRANSMISSION IN THE NEW TERRITORIES TO LINK THE DAYA BAY NUCLEAR POWER PLANT WITH HONG KONG WILL SOON BE CARRIED OUT BY THE CHINA LIGHT AND POWER CO. LTD (CLP).

THE ELECTRICITY NETWORKS (STATUTORY EASEMENTS) (APPLICATION OF ORDINANCE) (NO.2) ORDER 1989, WHICH WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY), WILL ENABLE CLP TO EXERCISE CERTAIN RIGHTS CONTAINED IN SECTIONS 4 AND 8 OF THE ORDINANCE FOR THE PURPOSE OF CARRYING OUT WORKS’ RELATED TO THE APPROVED SCHEME.

’’SUCH RIGHTS INCLUDE, MAINLY, THE RIGHT TO PLACE AND RETAIN ANY ELECTRIC LINE ABOVE OR BELOW GROUND ACROSS ANY LAND SITUATED ON THE ROUTE OF THE ELECTRICITY NETWORK IN THE APPROVED SCHEME AND THE RIGHT TO ENTER ON AND CROSS OVER ANY LAND IN ORDER TO GAIN ACCESS TO THE SITE OF ANY WORKS RELATING TO THE ELECTRICITY NETWORK,” A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

’’THE ELECTRICITY NETWORK COMPRISES APPROXIMATELY 20 KILOMETRES OF 490 KILOVOLT OVERHEAD TRANSMISSION LINES MOUNTED OVER 56 LONS LINKING CLP’S SUB-STATION AT YUEN LONG (AU TAU) WITH LAI CHI KOK.

’’CLP WILL START CONSTRUCTION WORK THIS MONTH. SUCH WORKS W] AFFECT PRIVATE AND GOVERNMENT LAND AND CLP WILL BE LIABLE STATUTORY >Y TO PAY COMPENSATION TO OWNERS WHOSE LAND IS AFFECTED," HE SAID

THE SPOKESMAN SAID CLP WOULD REGISTER THE ORDER AGAINST ALL AFFECTED PRIVATE LOTS IN THE LAND OFFICE WITHIN 14 DAYS OF THE GAZETTAL.

AT THE SAME TIME, CLP WOULD ALSO ADVERTISE ONCE IN EACH OF TWO CONSECUTIVE WEEKS THE REGISTRATION OF THE ORDER AND ITS EF 1 S IN TWO CHINESE LANGUAGE NEWSPAPERS AND ONE ENGLISH NEWSPAPER.

"CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION UNDER SECTION 10 OF THE ORDINANCE MAY BE SUBMITTED IN WRITING TO THE CLP AT ITS REGISTERED OFFICE NO' LATER THAN 12 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF REGISTRATION OF THE ORDE ." THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"IF THE PARTIES FAIL TO AGREE, CLAIMS FOR COMPENSATION MAY BE SUBMITTED TO THE LANDS TRIBUNAL FOR FINAL DETERMINATION."

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AMENDED REGULATIONS ALLOW ADVERTISEMENTS DURING TV NEWS * * * * *

THE TWO TELEVISION STATIONS IN HONG KONG WILL BE ALLOWED TO SHOW ADVERTISEMENTS’ DURING THE NEWS WITH EFFECT FROM TODAY (FRIDAY).

UNDER THE TELEVISION (ADVERTISING) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1989 GAZETTED TODAY, THE PROHIBITION ON THE INSERTION OF ADVERTISING MATERIAL IN PROGRAMMES OF NEWS WILL BE LIFTED.

"THIS FOLLOWS A REVIEW BY THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE PRESENT PROHIBITIONS ON THE SPONSORSHIP OF NEWS PROGRAMMES AND THE INSERTION OF BREAKS FOR ADVERTISING DURING THE NEWS," A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

"BASED ON THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE BROADCASTING AUTHORITY (BA). THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL DECIDED THAT ADVERTISEMENTS SHOULD BE ALLOWED DURING NEWS PROGRAMMES SUBJECT TO THE SAME REGULATORY FRAMEWORK AS ADVERTISING DURING OTHER PROGRAMMES, AND THAT THIS ARRANGEMENT SHOULD BE REVIEWED AFTER A YEAR.

"THE BA CONSIDERED THAT PERMITTING ADVERTISING BREAKS DURING THE NEWS WOULD GIVE THE LICENSEES THE FLEXIBILITY TO IMPROVE THE PRESENTATION OF THE NEWS AND WOULD REMOVE ANY DISCOURAGEMENT ON THE LICENSEES FROM BROADCASTING LONGER AND MORE COMPREHENSIVE NEWS REPORTS.

"THE BA ALSO NOTED THAT ADVERTISEMENT BREAKS ARE ALREADY PERMITTED DURING CURRENT AFFAIRS AND OTHER NEWS-TYPE PROGRAMMES."

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT UNDER THE REGULATIONS AS AMENDED, THE SPONSORSHIP OF NEWS PROGRAMMES WOULD STILL BE PROHIBITED.

"IT WAS FELT THAT THE PUBLIC’S PERCEPTION OF THE EDITORIAL INDEPENDENCE OF THE NEWS MIGHT BE ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY SPONSORSHIP," HE EXPLAINED.

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SEWERAGE MASTERPLAN STUDY FOR NORTH WEST KOWLOON

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THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD) HAS COMMISSIONED A CONSULTANCY STUDY TO ASSESS THE EXTENT OF THE POLLUTION PROBLEM RESULTING FROM THE IMPROPER DISCHARGE OF DOMESTIC SEWAGE AND INDUSTRIAL EFFLUENTS INTO STORMWATER DRAINS AND WATER COURSES WITHIN THE NORTH WEST KOWLOON REGION.

THE STUDY WILL ALSO ASSESS THE CAPACITY OF THE EXISTING SEWERAGE SYSTEM AND WILL IDENTIFY ANY SHORTCOMINGS IN THE EXISTING SEWERAGE INFRASTRUCTURE TO DEVELOP SCHEMES FOR REMEDIAL WORKS.

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THIS IS TO ENSURE THAT SEWAGE IS PROPERLY COLLECTED INTO THE FOUL SEWERAGE SYSTEM AND CONVEYED TO THE NEW FACILITIES BEING BUILT ON STONECUTTERS ISLAND AS PART OF THE NORTH WEST KOWLOON SEWERAGE SCHEME.

IT WILL ALSO ENSURE THAT ALL SEWAGE GENERATED IN THE AREA IS DISPOSED OF IN AN ENVIRONMENTALLY ACCEPTABLE. MANNER, THUS REDUCING THE CHRONIC POLLUTION OF AREAS OF WATER FRONTING THE NORTH WEST KOWLOON COASTAL REGION, INCLUDING THE YAU MA TEI TYPHOON SHELTER.

A PROGRAMME FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE NECESSARY ENGINEERING WORKS WILL BE PRODUCED AND WILL INCLUDE A PRIORITY SCHEME FOR BOTH SHORT TERM AND LONG TERM MEASURES TO REDUCE THE POLLUTION PROBLEMS IN STAGES.

EMPHASIS WILL BE GIVEN TO ACHIEVING EARLY ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS.

AN AGREEMENT ON THE CONSULTANCY WAS SIGNED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE EPD'S ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, MR PAUL HOLMES, AND MR P.N. PAUL, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR OF ACER CONSULTANTS (FAR EAST) LTD.

THE STUDY, COSTING J14.6 MILLION, WILL BE CARRIED OUT IN TWO PHASES AND WILL BE COMPLETED IN 24 MONTHS.

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INCREASES IN MARINE DEPARTMENT FEES IN OCTOBER

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A VARIETY OF FEES CHARGED BY THE MARINE DEPARTMENT WILL BE INCREASED DURING OCTOBER THIS YEAR, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

'FOR SOME OF THESE FEES THERE WILL BE A SECOND PHASE INCREASE, TO TAKE EFFECT IN 12 MONTHS’ TIME.

THE INCREASES ARE NECESSARY PRIMARILY TO NARROW THE GAP BETWEEN COSTS AND REVENUE GENERATED BY THESE SERVICES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THEY ALSO TAKE INTO CONSIDERATION THE EFFECT OF INFLATION, WHICH HAS BEEN 28 PER CENT, DURING THE FOUR YEARS SINCE 1985 WHEN FEES WERE LAST REVISED," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

IN MOST CASES, FEES ARE INCREASED BETWEEN 20 TV 40 PER CENT. WHERE THIS IS EXCEEDED, THE INCREASES ARE GENERALLY SMALL IN ABSOLUTE TERMS.

/THE FEE ......

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THE FEE INCREASES TO COME INTO EFFECT FROM OCTOBER 1 WILL INCLUDE:

(I) PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREA (PCWA) FEES

PCWA’S '.RE WATERFRONT AREAS SPECIALLY DESIGNED FOR THE HANDLING OF CARGO FROM BARGES, LIGHTERS AND RIVER TRADE VESSELS CONTROLLED AND OPERATED BY THE MARINE DEPARTMENT.

THE LAND OCCUPIED BY PCWA’S IS CURRENTLY VALUED AS OPEN STORAGE SPACE. THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE CONSIDERS THAT IT SHOULD BE VALUED ON THE BASIS THAT IT IS LEASED UNDER SHORT-TERM TENANCY WITH SEA ACCESS AND MARINE RIGHTS FOR THE WORKING AND STORAGE OF CARGOES.

"PUBLIC CARGO WORKING IS A COMMERCIAL ACTIVITY AND THE VALUATION OF THE LAND WHICH IT OCCUPIES MUST REFLECT THIS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE DAILY WORKING FEE OF A LORRY MAKING THREE TRIPS DAY TO A PCWA WILL BE INCREASED FROM $30 TO #39 WHEN THE REVISION COMES INTO FORCE IN OCTOBER. FOR A BARG1': OF 1,000 TONS, THE DAILY BERTHING FEE WILL BE INCREASED FROM $75 TO $100 PER DAY.

(II) LOCAL CRAFT LICENCE FEES

VESSEL LICENCE FEES WILL INCREASE BY 40 PER CENT. VARIOUS RELATED FEES WILL INCREASE BY BETWEEN 20 PER CENT TO 150 PER CENT. HOWEVER, THE FIGURES ARE SMALL IN ABSOLUTE TERMS. PLEASURE VESSELS ARE EXCLUDED FROM THE INCREASES.

FOR EXAMPLE, A SPECIAL ANCHORAGE PERMIT FOR A VESSEL FOR THE FIRST 10,000 PICULS CARRYING CAPACITY WILL INCREASE FROM $100 TO $200, AND FROM $10 TO $20 FOR EVERY 1,000 PICULS THEREAFTER.

A PORT CLEARANCE PERMIT WILL INCREASE FROM $20 TO $50.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE INCREASES WOULD NOT ADD SIGNIFICANTLY TO THE OPERATING COSTS OF THE VESSELS CONCERNED, WHICH ARE ALMOST EXCLUSIVELY THOSE VESSELS NOT LICENSED IN HONG KONG, BUT USING PORT FACILITIES HERE.

(Ill) SURVEY FEES FOR SHIPS AND LOCAL CRAFT AND EXAMINATION FEES FOR SEAFARERS AND LOCAL CREWS.

THESE WILL BE INCREASED BY 20 PER CENT.

/IN A........

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IN A RELATED MOVE, PORT AND LIGHT DUES, PAYABLE BY VESSELS, f SEPT FISHING VESSELS, ENTERING HONG KONG WILL BE INCREASED BY 40 TO 5 ) PER CENT. BOTH CHARGES ARE CALCULATED ON THE BASIS OF TONNAGE, AND THEY WORK OUT TO BE 11 CENTS PER NET REGISTERED TON IOR OCEAN-GOING VESSELS AND FIVE CENTS EACH FOR RIVER TRADE VESSELS.

PASSENGER EMBARKATION FEES FOR CHINA AND MACAU-BOUND

PASSENGERS PAYABLE BY OWNERS OF FERRY VESSELS IM RESPECT

FASSINGERS EMBARKING AT AMY CHINA OR MACAU FERRY TERMINAL WILL BE INCREASED FROM $15 TO $17.

THE FEE INCREASES SPECIFICALLY RELATED TO THE NEW VESSEL TRAFFIC SYSTEM (VTS) WILL BECOME EFFECTIVE ON OCTOBER 16. WHEN THE VTS OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT IS EXPECTED TO BECOME FULLY OPERATIONAL.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THESE INCREASES WERE AIMED AT RECOVERING THE COST OF THE SYSTEM.

THE VTS WILL ASSIST IN IMPROVING THE SAFETY OF NAVIGATION OF ALL VESSELS USING HONG KONG WATERS AND IMPROVE THE EFFICIENCY 01' UTILISATION OF THOSE WATERS.

FULL DETAILS OF ALL THE NEW FEES AND CHARGES WILL BE PUBL SH D IN THE GAZETTE ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8.

THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE HAS CONSULTED VARIOUS TRADE ASSOCIATIONS AND OTHER OPERATORS AND USERS OF THE PORT IN FORMULATI G THESE PROPOSED INCREASES.

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REVISED FEES FOR COUNTRY PARK PERMITS

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THE FEES FOR CERTAIN PERMITS FOR ACTIVITIES INSIDE A OUNTRY PARK OR SPECIAL AREA HAVE BEEN REVISED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT, IT WAS ANNOUNCED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

THIS IS THE FIRST REVISION OF THE EXISTING LEVELS OF PERMIT FEES SINCE THEIR INTRODUCTION IN 1977. THESE FEES WERE PRESCRIBE N THE SCHEDULE OF THE COUNTRY PARKS AND SPECIAL AREAS REGULATIONS OF THE COUNTRY PARKS ORDINANCE.

THE SCHEDULE OF REVISED FEES, CONTAINED IN THE COUNTRY PARKS AND SPECIAL AREAS (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1989, WAS APPROVED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL LAST WEEK.

/THE REVISED

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THE REVISED FEES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

OLD FEES REVISED FEES

1. PERMIT TO SELL OR LET ON HIRE ANY COMMODITY OR ARTICLE $100 FOR MONTH OR THEREOF EACH PART $420 FOR MONTH OR THEREOF EACH PART

2. PERMIT TO DISPLAY ANY SIGN, NOTICE, POSTER, BANNER OR ADVERTISEMENT FREE $100 FOR MONTH OR THEREOF EACH PART

3. PERMIT TO CONSTRUCT OR ERECT ANY BUILDING, HUT OR SHELTER OR EXCAVATE ANY CAVE FREE S100 FOR EACH BUILDING, HUT, SHELTER OR CAVE

4. PERMIT TO HOLD ANY PUBLIC MEETING OR SPORTING COMPETITION, MAKE ANY PUBLIC SPEECH OR ADDRESS ANY PUBLIC MEETING FREE $200 FOR EVENT EACH

5. PERMIT TO HOLD ANY EVENT ORGANISED FOR THE PURPOSE OF RAISING FUNDS, WHETHER FOR CHARITY OR OTHERWISE $20 FOR ] EVENT EACH $200 FOR EVENT EACH

6. PERMIT TO CARRY ON ANY ACTIVITY FOR THE PURPOSE OF, OR INCIDENTAL TO, ANY BUSINESS $100 FOR MONTH OR THEREOF EACH PART $100 PER DAY

THE ACTING ASSISTANT

GIVING DETAILS OF THE REVISION, (CONSERVATION AND COUNTRY PARKS) OF TRR^GR?.GGLTGRE DEPARTMENT, MR FRANK LAU, SAID THE REVISION W£S IN GOVERNMENT’S POLICY OF FULL COST RECOVERY, AND I HE FEES RECOVER THE FULL COST OF ISSUING A PERMIT.

AND

LINE WERE

DIRECTOR FISHERIES WITH THE

SET TO

COSTS,

HE SAID THE INCREASE IN FEES WAS JUSTIFIABLE BECAUSE OF RISING MAINLY IN STAFF TIME, SINCE THE FEES WERE FIRST SET IN 1977.

THERE WERE, HOWEVER, SEVERAL EXEMPTIONS FROM COLLECTION OF A

FEE.

’’FEES FOR PARKING A VEHICLE IN A COUNTRY PARK, PREVIOUSLY FIXED AT THE RANGE WERE WAIVED," MR LAU SAID.

DESIGNATED CARPARK OF BETWEEN $2 TO

IN A $20,

"THIS IS BECAUSE THE ONLY CARPARK, AT

PAK TAM CHUNG

DEMAND AND LOW

IN SAI REVENUE

TO

COLLECT.

"IT IS OUR CONSIDERED VIEW THAT FUTURE PARKS WOULD HAVE A SIMILAR PROBLEM AND NO FEE IS

CARPARKS

THEREFORE

IN COUNTRY PROPOSED.

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"SIMILARLY, THE PERMITS TO CAMP OR TO ERECT A TENT OR TEMPORARY SHELTER AT A DESIGNATED CAMPING SITE WILL BE ISSUED FREE OF CHARGE AS CAMP SITES ARE REMOTE AND DIFFICULT TO MONITOR."

PERMITS RELATING TO THE TRADITIONAL RIGHTS OF VILLAGERS REMAIN FREE. THEY INCLUDE THE PERMIT TO BRING CATTLE, DOGS, CATS OR POULTRY INTO A COUNTRY PARK OR SPECIAL AREA; THE PERMIT TO CONSTRUCT A GRAVE, AND THE PERMIT TO DEPOSIT ANY URN IN THE COUNTRY PARK AREAS.

"IN ADDITION, PERMITS TO COLLECT PLANTS FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH WILL CONTINUE TO BE ISSUED WITHOUT A FEE," MR LAU SAID.

THE FEE REVISION HAD BEEN ENDORSED BY THE COUNTRY PARKS BOARD, HE ADDED.

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DISCO NIGHT TO CLOSE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME * ♦ t * »

A BUFFET AND DISCO NIGHT WILL BE HELD AT THE HENRY G. LEONG YAU MA TEI COMMUNITY CENTRE ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 3) TO MARK THE CLOSING OF THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

ORGANISED BYr THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, THE EVENT IS OPEN TO ABOUT 100 VOLUNTEERS OF LOCAL ORGANISATIONS WHO HELPED ORGANISE MORE THAN 120 ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE DURING THE HOLIDAYS.

SEVENTEEN OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEERS WILL . BE PRESENTED CERTIFICATES AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY.

AMONG THOSE OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER. MR ARTHUR YUEN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 7 PM ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 3) IN THE HENRY G. LEONG YAU MA TEI COMMUNITY CENTRE, 60 PUBLIC SQUARE STREET.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 1989

- 1$ -NEW PEAK TRAMWAY SAFETY REGULATIONS *****

THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL HAS APPROVED A NEW SET OF REGULATIONS TO PROVIDE FOR THE SAFE OPERATION OF THE MODERNISED PEAK TRAMWAY.

THE PEAK TRAMWAY (SAFETY) REGULATIONS 1989 PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY), COME INTO EFFECT IMMEDIATELY.

THEY REPLACE THE PEAK TRAMWAY RULES, WHICH WERE MADE IN 1927, TO COPE WITH THE NEW TECHNOLOGY USED IN THE MODERNISED TRAMWAY.

UNDER THE REGULATIONS, THE SAFETY REQUIREMENTS THAT THE PEAK TRAMWAYS COMPANY HAS TO OBSERVE INCLUDE:

» ANNUAL EXAMINATION AND TESTING OF THE TRAMWAY BY A QUALIFIED SURVEYOR;

ENSURING THAT NO TRAMCAR CARRIES MORE THAN 120 PASSENGERS;

* NOT OPERATING THE TRAMWAY WHEN PASSENGER SAFETY IS ENDANGERED;

PROVIDING ADEQUATE RESCUE FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENTS;

* REPLACING DEFECTIVE HAULING ROPES;

MAINTAINING SAFETY OF THE TRAMWAY GENERALLY AND FOR PERSONS USING OR BEING IN THE VICINITY OF THE TRAMWAY; AND

PROVIDING FIRST AID EQUIPMENTS AND REPORTING OCCURRENCES TO THE DIRECTOR OF ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES.

THE REGULATIONS ALSO SET OUT THE QUALIFICATIONS AND DUTIES OF THE SURVEYOR, ENGINEERING SUPERINTENDENT, DUTY TECHNICIAN AND TRAMCAR OPERATORS EMPLOYED BY THE COMPANY.

PENALTIES FOR CONTRAVENING THE REGULATIONS ARE ALSO STIPULATED.

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NEW ACCESSES FOR TAI PO NEW TOWN SITES

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THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS PLANNING TO PROVIDE NEW ACCESSES TO THE HOSPITAL AND SCHOOL SITES IN TAI PO AREA 9.

THE PROPOSED WORKS INVOLVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF ABOUT 850 METRES OF LOCAL ROADS TOGETHER WITH ASSOCIATED DRAINAGE WORKS, FOOTPATHS, CYCLE TRACKS AND AMENITY AREAS.

/A FOOTBRIDGE, .......

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A FOOTBRIDGE, A SUBWAY AND A PUBLIC TRANSPORT TERMINUS WILL ALSO BE BUILT.

PERMANENT ALTERNATIVE ACCESS WILL BE PROVIDED TO CATER FOR THE EXISTING ACCESS THAT HAS TO BE CLOSED. DURING THE CONSTRUCTION PERIOD, TEMPORARY ACCESS WILL BE MAINTAINED SO THAT ANY INCONVENIENCE TO THE PUBLIC WILL BE MINIMISED.

NO RESUMPTION OF LAND IS INVOLVED.

THE WORKS HAVE BEEN DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA LIMITED, CONSULTING ENGINEERS, 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 CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG; AND AT THE TAI PO DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE AT TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO.

ANY PERSON WHO WISHES TO OBJECT TO THE PROPOSED WORKS SHOULD WRITE TO THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, EAST WING, SECOND FLOOR, LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG BEFORE OCTOBER 31 THIS YEAR.

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FORMATION, ROADS AND DRAINAGE WORKS FOR FANL1NG ♦ » ♦ ♦ *

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR ANOTHER PROJECT AS PART OF THE CONTINUING PROGRAMME FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF FANLING/SHEUNG SHUI NEW TOWN.

THE PROJECT MAINLY COVERS SITE FORMATION, ROADS AND DRAINAGE WORKS IN THE FANLING SOUTH - STAGE IV AREA.

THE PROPOSED WORKS INVOLVE THE FORMATION OF LAND IN FANLING SOUTH AREAS 40, 48C, 49A, 49B AND 50; THE CONSTRUCTION OF A 250-METRE SECTION OF A LOCAL ROAD L100 AND ABOUT 700 METRES OF INTERNAL ROADS.

IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE ROADWORKS, FOOTPATHS, ROADSIDE AMENITIES, STREET FURNITURE, A RETAINING WALL, THE NECESSARY STORMWATER DRAINAGE AND SEWERAGE NETWORKS WILL BE CONSTRUCTED TO PROVIDE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE NEW DEVELOPMENT AREAS.

THE WORKS ALSO INCLUDE IMPROVEMENT TO THE EXISTING PEDESTRIAN CROSSING FACILITIES AT THE JUNCTION OF ROADS D6 AND L100.

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WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN NOVEMBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

TENDER FORMS AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE OFFICE OF THE CONSULTANTS FOR THE PROJECT, MAUNSELL CONSULTANTS ASIA LTD, AT WO CHE ESTATE, SHA TIN.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING TENDERS IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 29.

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ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN KOWLOON TONG TO BE CLOSED * * * * *

THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS TO SEEK THE CLOSURE OF CERTAIN UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS IN KOWLOON TONG, SO THAT THEY CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT DANGER TO THE OCCUPIERS OR TO THE PUBLIC.

THE ILLEGAL STRUCTURES ARE LOCATED AT FLAT B2, 12TH FLOOR, 9 EASTBOURNE ROAD AND THE ROOF OVER THE FLAT.

THE CLOSURE IS PART OF AN EXERCISE TO ENFORCE AN ORDER ISSUED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE ON JULY 27 LAST YEAR REQUIRING THE DEMOLITION OF THESE UNAUTHORISED BUILDING WORKS.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER FROM THE SHA TIN DISTRICT COURT ON NOVEMBER 1 THIS YEAR WAS POSTED ON A CONSPICUOUS PART OF THE STRUCTURES TODAY (FRIDAY).

IT IS INTENDED THAT DEMOLITION WORK WILL BE CARRIED OUT ONCE THE CLOSURE ORDER IS OBTAINED.

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SHAM SHUI PO

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE DRAINAGE WORK AT THE JUNCTION OF PO ON ROAD AND TONKIN STREET, THE LEFT TURN FROM TONKIN STREET SOUTHBOUND ONTO PO ON ROAD EASTBOUND, AND THE RIGHT TURN FROM TONKIN STREET NORTHBOUND ONTO PO ON ROAD EASTBOUND, WILL CONTINUE TO BE BANNED, UNTIL THE END OF OCTOBER.

DURING THIS PERIOD, MOTORISTS ON TONKIN STREET HEADING FOR PO ON ROAD EASTBOUND ARE ADVISED TO TRAVEL VIA TONKIN STREET, SHUN NING ROAD, WING LUNG STREET AND PO ON ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

DIFFICULT TASK IN VBP CAMPS HANDLED WELL: GOVERNOR.............. 1

CP GIVES ASSURANCE TO OFFICERS ON CAMP CONDITIONS............... 2

POLICE RELY ON TRUST, SUPPORT OF COMMUNITY: CP.................. 3

HARMONY IN LABOUR RELATIONS MAINTAINED ......................

TAI PO RESIDENTS URGED TO REGISTER AS VOTERS ................... 5

VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE AT LEI TUNG ESTATE..................... 6

YAU TSIM LAUNCHES PROMOTION OF BUILDING MANAGEMENT.............. 6

NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME PRAISED ..........................

•VOLUNTEERS' NIGHT' TO CONCLUDE SYP ............................ 8

GOVT TO BUILD MEDICAL TRAINING CENTRE IN HO MAN TIN.......... 9

ISLANDS DB TO DISCUSS GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT.................. 9

SWD YOUTH AND COMMUNITY OFFICE MOVES .......................... 10

TEMPORARY URBAN CLEARWAY IN TIN WAN STREET .................... 10

TWO SPECIAL SERVICES ON KMB ROUTE.............................. 10

ADJUSTMENT OF BUS LANE OPERATING PERIOD IN SHA TIN ............ 11

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN TUEN MUN ............................ 11

SATURDAY. SEPTEMBER 2, 1989

DIFFICULT TASK IN VBP CAMPS HANDLED WELL: GOVERNOR

THE AUTHORITIES IN THE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE CAMPS HAVE BEE'b HANDLING WELL THE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TASK OF DEALING WITH CONTROL AND HEALTH PROBLEMS IN THE DETENTION CENTRES, THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS ON HIS RETURN FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM, SIR DAVID SAID HE HAD BEEN KEEPING VERY CLOSE TOUCH WITH WHAT’S BEEN HAPPENING IN HONG KONG WITH THE BOAT PEOPLE ISSUE.

“I’M FULLY AWARE OF ALL THE DIFFICULTIES THAT HAVE BEEN FACED, BOTH IN TERMS OF CONTROL IN THE CAMPS AND THE VERY DIFFICULT HEALTH PROBELMS WE’VE BEEN HAVING,” THE GOVERNOR SAID.

"WE MUST MAKE SURE THAT DISCIPLINE IN THE CAMPS IS MAINTAINED, AND THAT MEANS, AMONGST OTHER THINGS, THAT THE BOAT PEOPLE THEMSELVES MUST BE SELF-DISCIPLINED. THAT’S IN THEIR OWN INTERESTS,” HE SAID.

’’BUT THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, AND WHERE APPROPRIATE, THE POLICE WILL ALSO BE DOING THEIR PART. AND THE HEALTH ISSUE MUST BE DEALT WITH AND IS BEING DEALT WITH AS QUICKLY AND AS EFFECTIVELY AS IT CAN BE," HE ADDED.

ON THE QUESTION OF MANDATORY REPATRIATION, SIR DAVID SAID : "THE OBJECTIVE REMAINS PRECISELY WHAT IT WAS, THAT WE’RE WORKING TOWARDS RESETTLING THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE DEFINED AS GENUINE REFUGEES AND RETURNING TO VIETNAM THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE, AFTER A VERY EXHAUSTIVE PROCESS OF SCREENING, FOUND NOT TO BE GENUINE POLITICAL REFUGEES."

"WE’RE STILL WORKING ON IT. WE HAVEN’T GOT ALL THE ARRANGEMENTS IN PLACE YET, BUT THAT REMAINS THE OBJECTIVE,” HE ADDED.

THE GOVERNOR SAID HE HOPED THAT THIS COULD BE DONE BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR.

ON A QUESTION ABOUT THE MORALE OF THE POLICE IN VBP CAMPS, SIR DAVID SAID : "THEY HAVE A DIFFICULT TASK TO DO. I AM CONFIDENT THAT THEY WILL DO IT EFFFECTIVELY. OF COURSE IT’S DIFFICULT FOR THEM, BUT THEY’VE BEEN DOING AN EXTREMELY GOOD JOB UP TO NOW, AND I’M SURE THAT THEY WILL GO ON DOING SO.”

THE GOVERNOR SAID SOME POSSIBLE NEW LEGISLATIVE PROVISIONS WERE BEING WORKED ON TO PROVIDE HELP TO THE AUTHORITIES IN THEIR TASK OF RUNNING THE CAMPS.

"WHERE WE FIND THERE IS A GAP IN THE EXISTING LEGISLATION THEN WE WILL PLUG THAT GAP." HE SAID.

/SIR DAVID .......

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 1989

SIR DAVID SAID HE HAD A VERY LONG MEETING WITH THE FOREIGN SECRETARY, MR JOHN MAJOR, IN LONDON IN WHICH HE DESCRIBED THE PROBLEMS HONG KONG HAD BEEN THROUGH IN JUNE AND JULY, AND THE EFFECT THAT HAD HAD ON THE TERRITORY.

"BUT I ALSO SAID THAT I THOUGHT THAT WE UP OUT OF THAT DIFFICULT PERIOD," HE SAID.

WERE BEGINNING TO PICK

“WE WERE RECOVERING FROM IT, AND THAT WE WERE DETERMINED TO RECOVER FROM IT. I EXPLAINED THAT HONG KONG HAD A GREAT DEAL OF RESILIENCE AND THAT WAS WHAT WE’RE NOW TRYING TO CONCENTRATE ON," HE ADDED.

SIR DAVID SAID HE TOLD THE FOREIGN SECRETARY HONG KONG WAS TRYING TO RE-BUILD THE CONFIDENCE WHICH HAD BEEN DAMAGED IN JUNE AND JULY.

DURING HIS THREE DAYS IN LONDON, THE GOVERNOR ALSO MET SENIOR OFFICIALS AT THE FOREIGN OFFICE, MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG COMMUNITY IN LONDON. AND THE PRINCE OF WALES’ STAFF TO DISCUSS DETAILS OF THE VISIT TO HONG KONG IN NOVEMBER BY THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES.

MEETING THE GOVERNOR ON HIS ARRIVAL AT THE AIRPORT WERE THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD; ACTING SENIOR MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL. MISS MARIA TAM; AND THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR ALLEN LEE.

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CP GIVES ASSURANCE TO OFFICERS ON CAMP CONDITIONS

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THE POLICE INTEND TO DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO ENABLE OFFICERS TO CARRY OUT DUTY IN VIETNAMESE CAMPS IN A MORE EFFICIENT AND COMFORTABLE MANNER, THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR RAYMON ANNING. SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER INSPECTING A PASSING OUT PARADE AT POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL. MR ANNING SAID: "THEY ALWAYS RESPOND AND DO THEIR DUTY WHETHER THEY LIKE IT OR NOT IN AN EXCEPTIONALLY FINE FASHION.

"THAT MAKES ME FEEL VERY PROUD OF THEM — THE WAY THEY DO THEIR JOB, AND THE WAY THEY DO CONTINUE TO SERVE THE PUBLIC.

"IT IS OUR RESPONSIBILITY AS THE MANAGEMENT IN THE POLICE FORCE TO TRY TO IMPROVE THE CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH THEY WORK."

POINTING OUT THAT THIS WAS BEING TACKLED AS A MATTER OF URGENCY, HE SAID: "RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT, WE ARE APPOINTING A MIDDLE RANKING OFFICER TO DO NOTHING ELSE BUT TO LOOK AFTER THE WELFARE OF OFFICERS WHO ARE DOING THESE DUTIES."

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ASKED ABOUT A SUGGESTION TO GIVE SPECIAL ALLOWANCES TO OFFICERS UNDERTAKING CAMP DUTIES, MR ANNING SAID IT WAS BEING EXAMINED.

HE SAID: "WE HAVE TO LOOK AT WHAT CAN BE DONE IN THE LIGHT OF THE PRESENT CONDITIONS.

"THAT IS ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE ARE CONSIDERING."

IN REPLY TO A QUESTION ON POLICE DEPLOYMENT IN CASE OF MORE DISTURBANCES, HE SAID, "AS YOU SEE THIS MORNING, WE HAVE DEPLOYED EXTRA FORCES TO SHEK KONG.

"AS ALWAYS WE WILL REACT AND RESPOND AS NECESSARY ACCORDING TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES.

"WHEN THERE IS TROUBLE IN A CAMP LIKE THIS, WE SHALL DEPLOY FORCES TO BRING IT UNDER CONTROL.

COMMENTING ON THE PASSING OUT PARADE TODAY, MR ANNING SAID: "I AM VERY PLEASED TO SEE SO MANY EXCELLENT RECRUITS PASSING OUT. THOSE THAT 1 HAVE BEEN TALKING TO HAVE VERY HIGH MORALE, VERY GOOD QUALITY. I’M SURE THEY WILL DO A LOT FOR HONG KONG."

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POLICE RELY ON TRUST, SUPPORT OF COMMUNITY: CP » * * * »

THE ROYAL HONG KONG POLICE FORCE CANNOT BE FULLY EFFECTIVE WITHOUT THE TRUST AND SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY, THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR RAYMON ANNING, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT A PASSING OUT PARADE AT THE POLICE TRAINING SCHOOL IN WONG CHUK HANG, MR ANNING PRAISED THE FORCE FOR RESPONDING WELL TO CHALLENGES DESPITE SOME SHORTFALL IN NUMBERS AND THE DIVERGENCE OF POLICE RESOURCES TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEMS ARISING FROM THE INFLUX OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE.

MR ANNING TOLD THE GRADUATES, "YOU HAVE JOINED A FINE POLICE FORCE AND ARE EMBARKING ON A MOST DEMANDING AND IMPORTANT CAREER: YOU HAVE CHOSEN A PARTICULARLY CHALLENGING TIME IN WHICH TO DO SO.

"YOU WILL ENCOUNTER DIFFICULT AND SOMETIMES BEWILDERING SITUATIONS AND BE EXPECTED TO ACT QUICKLY AND CORRECTLY.

"IN SOME CASES IT MAY NOT ALWAYS BE CLEAR WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE BUT IF YOU EXERCISE COMMON SENSE AND TREAT ALL CITIZENS AS YOU WISH YOURSELF TO BE TREATED IN SIMILAR CIRCUMSTANCES, YOU WILL NOT GO FAR WRONG", HE ADDED.

/"THE DECISIONS .......

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1989

"THE DECISIONS YOU MAKE AND THE WAY YOU CONDUCT YOURSELVES IN THE DISCHARGE OF YOUR DUTIES MAY MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PROBLEM BEING SATISFACTORILY RESOLVED OR A MAJOR DISTURBANCE DEVELOPING.

"THE SITUATIONS YOU FACE MAY BE COMPLEX AND AT TIMES UNPALATABLE’ BUT YOU MUST BE STEADFAST, NEVER TAKE THE EASY WAY OUT, AND MEASURE UI' TO THE VERY HIGH LEVEL OF TRUST THAT OUR COMMUNITY PLACES IN YOU", THE COMMISSIONER SAID.

NOTING THAT LEVELS OF RECRUITMENT INTO THE FORCE HAD FALLEN SHORT OF NEEDS DURING THE PAST FEW MONTHS, MR ANNING STRESSED THAT EFFORTS WERE BEING MADE TO ENHANCE THE ATTRACTIVENESS OF A POLICE CAREER.

"IN TIME WE WILL BE ABLE TO INCREASE THE NUMBERS OF MEN AND WOMEN OF GOOD CHARACTER AND QUALITY WHO ENTER INTO OUR RANKS".

ON PARADE TODAY WERE 31 INSPECTORS AND 208 POLICE CONSTABLES WHO HAVE JUST COMPLETED THEIR BASIC TRAINING.

HARMONY IN LABOUR RELATIONS MAINTAINED * * * * *

TIG . '.ERAI. STATE OF LABOUR RELATIONS IN HONG KONG HAS REMAINED VERY GOOD .IIS YEAR, WITH A SIGNIFICANT DROP IN LABOUR DISPUTES IN MOST SECTORS.

THE TERRITORY CONTINUED TO HAVE ONE OF THE WORLD'S LOWEST RATES OF WORKING DAYS LOST DUE TO STRIKES AND WORK STOPPAGES.

ACCORDING TO LABOUR DEPARTMENT STATISTICS, ONLY 59 TRADE DISPUTES, RESULTING IN THE LOSS OF 172 WORKING DAYS, WERE RECORDED IN THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR.

"THIS COMPARES FAVOURABLY WITH 92 DISPUTES AND 615 WORKING DAYS LOST DURING THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR, REPRESENTING A DECREASE OF 35 PER CENT AND 72 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY," A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

"THE NUMBER OF WORKERS INVOLVED IN THE DISPUTES HAVE ALSO DROPPED FROM 5,198 TO 1,176 OVER THE PERIOD," HE NOTED.

THE TWO MOST COMMON CAUSES OF THE DISPUTES BUSINESS AND INSOLVENCY, ACCOUNTING FOR 25 CASES, MOSTLY RELATED TO PAYMENT OF WAGES, REDUNDANCY AND CONTRACTORS AND SUB-CONTRACTORS.

WERE CESSATION OF WHILE OTHERS WERE CONFLICTS BETWEEN

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AS FOR WORK STRIKES, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE NUMBER HAD ALSO DROPPED FROM SIX CASES TO THREE CASES DURING THE PERIOD.

"MOREOVER, THERE WAS ALSO A DECREASE IN SMALL CLAIMS MADE BY EMPLOYEES FROM 8,296 CASES, INVOLVING 11,100 WORKERS, TO 7,765 CASES BY 10,400 WORKERS," HE SAID.

"ABOUT 60 PER CENT OF THE CLAIMS AROSE FROM ALLEGED DISMISSALS WITH INSUFFICIENT NOTICE AND FAILURE TO PAY WAGES, 17 PER CENT WERE RELATED TO ANNUAL LEAVE PAYMENT AND REDUNDANCY DUE TO RETRENCHMENT, AND THE REST WERE DUE TO VARIOUS OTHER REASONS."

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THE TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR THOMAS YIU, TODAY (SATURDAY) CALLED ON RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT TO REGISTER AS VOTERS BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30.

OFFICIATING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE DISTRICT'S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME AT THE TAI PO CIVIC CENTRE, MR YIU SAID THE FIRST STEP IN PARTICIPATING IN DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION WAS TO REGISTER AS AN ELECTOR.

"THE IMPLEMENTATION OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION IS TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS’ PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS THROUGH THE ELECTORAL SYSTEM.

"IN FACT, THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A HEALTHY COMMUNITY DEPENDS ON THE JOINT EFFORT OF THE GOVERNMENT AND THE PUBLIC," HE SAID.

TODAY'S CLOSING CEREMONY WAS FOLLOWED BY A VARIETY SHOW WHICH ATTRACTED OVER 800 RESIDENTS.

THE TWO-HOUR SHOW INCLUDED PERFORMANCES BY POPULAR SINGERS, THE TAI PO DISTRICT CHILDREN’S CHOIR, WINNERS OF A LOCAL SINGING COMPETITION AND THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S TAI PO DISTRICT COMMUNITY YOUTH GROUP.

DURING THE TWO-MONTH SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME, MORE THAN 300 INDOOR AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES HAD BEEN HELD. THEY INCLUDED CAMPING, VISITS, PICNICS, SPORTS ACTIVITIES, SEMINARS AND TRAINING CLASSES.

THE PROGRAMME, HELD ANNUALLY IN TAI PO FOR RESIDENTS AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25, WAS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL.

IT WAS SPONSORED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD WITH THE SUPPORT OF MORE THAN 20 LOCAL BODIES AND VOLUNTARY ORGANISATIONS.

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VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE AT LEI TUNG ESTATE * ♦ ♦ * ♦

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE WILL HOLD A "VOTER REGISTRATION DAY” IN LEI TUNG ESTATE, AP LEI CHAU, TOMORROW (SUNDAY) AS PART OF ITS MONTH-LONG VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN.

A TEMPORARY REGISTRATION CENTRE WILL OPERATE FROM 11 AM TO 4 PM ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE ESTATE’S COMMERCIAL CENTRE TO PROVIDE A CONVENIENT REGISTRATION SERVICE FOR RESIDENTS.

DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST AND TO ANSWER RELEVANT ENQUIRIES. PUBLICITY ITEMS WILL ALSO BE DISTRIBUTED TO PASSERS-BY TO REINFORCE THE REGISTRATION MESSAGE.

AFTER THE REGISTRATION EXERCISE, DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF WILL MAKE HOUSEHOLD VISITS TO RESIDENTS IN THE ESTATE, ENCOURAGING THEM TO REGISTER.

THE HOUSING ESTATE IS AMONG A NUMBER OF NEWLY COMPLETED BUILDINGS WHICH HAVE BEEN CHOSEN AS THE MAIN TARGET FOR THIS YEAR’S VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN IN THE DISTRICT.

DOOR-TO-DOOR VISITS WILL BE MADE TO THE 6,000 HOUSEHOLDS IN THESE BUILDINGS TO ENCOURAGE NEW RESIDENTS TO REGISTER AND TO REMIND THOSE ALREADY REGISTERED TO REPORT ANY CHANGE IN RESIDENTIAL ADDRESS.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID: "ANYONE WHO HAS REACHED 21 YEARS OF AGE BY DECEMBER 31, AND IS A PERMANENT RESIDENT OR HAS BEEN LIVING FOR SEVEN YEARS IN HONG KONG IS ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER AS A VOTER."

REGISTRATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE DISTRICT OFFICE AT ABERDEEN CENTRE, AND ITS SUB-OFFICES IN STANLEY VILLAGE ROAD, WAH FU ESTATE AND LEI TUNG ESTATE.

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YAU TSIM LAUNCHES PROMOTION OF BUILDING MANAGEMENT ♦ * ♦

THE PRIVATE BUILDING MANAGEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE IS NOW REVIEWING LEGISLATION WITH A VIEW TO MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS TO HELP RESIDENTS TO IMPROVE MANAGEMENT OF THEIR BUILDINGS, LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR AND CHAIRMAN OF THE COMMITTEE, MR CHUNG PUI-LAM, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

HE SAID THE RECOMMENDATIONS WOULD COVER SUCH ASPECTS AS IMPROVEMENTS TO DEEDS OF MUTUAL COVENANT, AMENDMENTS TO EXISTING LEGISLATION TO HELP OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS TO OVERCOME ORGANISATIONAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE DIFFICULTIES, SPECIALISATION OF BUILDING MANAGEMENT AND STEPPING UP PROMOTION BY THE GOVERNMENT OF THE CONCEPT OF BUILDING MANAGEMENT.

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MR CHUNG WAS SPEAKING AT A SEMINAR TO MARK THE START OF A FOURMONTH BUILDING MANAGEMENT PROMOTION CAMPAIGN IN YAU TS1M DISTRICT.

ANOTHER SPEAKER, CHAIRMAN OF THE PROMOTION CAMPAIGN AND OF THE HONG KONG HOUSING AFFAIRS ASSOCIATION, MR LEE ON, OUTLINED THE KEYS TO BETTER BUILDING MANAGEMENT.

HE DESCRIBED THESE AS UNDERSTANDING THE ENVIRONMENT, EQUIPMENT AND PROBLEMS OF A BUILDING; A GOOD KNOWLEDGE OF THE FUNCTIONS OF AN OWNERS' CORPORATION; CHOOSING AN ABLE LEADER; PROVIDING LEADERSHIP TRAINING; UTILISING ASSISTANCE FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS; AND CO-OPERATION AMONG FLAT OWNERS.

DURING THE CAMPAIGN, A SERIES OF TRAINING COURSES WILL BE HELD UNTIL NOVEMBER TO PROVIDE RESIDENTS WITH PRACTICAL SKILL IN BUILDING MANAGEMENT.

ANOTHER SEMINAR ON ELECTRICITY SUPPLY IN MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS AND AN EXHIBITION AND SEMINAR ON FIRE SAFETY AT HOME WILL BE HELD IN DECEMBER.

AMONG THOSE OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WERE YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WONG HON-HO, AND DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR YIP WAH.

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THE NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME HELPS MAINTAIN A STRONGER AND MORE COHESIVE RELATIONSHIP AMONG NEIGHBOURS IN THE PREVENTION OF CRIME, THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PETER MANN, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE SEVENTH PHASE OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME, MR MANN POINTED OUT THAT HOUSEHOLDS PARTICIPATING IN THE SCHEME ARE MOBILISED TO DETER BURGLARS AND OTHER CRIMINALS BY FORMING CLOSELY-KNIT WATCH UNITS.

ANOTHER SPEAKER, THE POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR MICHAEL PREW, NOTED THAT A TOTAL OI 1,867 HOUSEHOLDS IN 24 BUILDINGS IN THE DISTRICT HAD JOINED THE SCHEME WHICH HAD PROVEN TO BE A SUCCESS SINCE ITS INTRODUCTION IN 1985.

"ALL PARTICIPATING HOUSEHOLDS FORM NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH UNITS WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF POLICE NEIGHBOURHOOD CO-ORDINATORS.

"EACH HOUSEHOLD NOT ONLY SAFEGUARDS ITS OWN HOME BUT ALSO KEEPS AN EYE ON THE PROPERTY OF THE IMMEDIATE NEIGHBOURS," HE ADDED.

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FOUR BUILDINGS - FAIRVIEW MANSION, GRAND VIEW MANSION, KAM KOON BUILDING AND MAN HEE BUILDING - ARE TAKING PART IN '1 HE LAILS’ PHASE OF THE SCHEME.

TODAY’S CEREMONY WAS FOLLOWED BY A SEMINAR WITH TALKS ON HOME SECURITY GIVEN BY POLICE REPRESENTATIVES.

ALSO PRESENT AT THE CEREMONY WERE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRIC! FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR LESTER KWOK, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD, MRS PEGGY LAM.

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’VOLUNTEERS’ NIGHT’ TO CONCLUDE SYP *****

A RECEPTION FOR VOLUNTEER WORKERS WAS HELD TODAY (SATURDAY) AT THE MARTHA BOSS COMMUNITY CENTRE TO CONCLUDE THIS YEAR’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME IN KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT.

IT WAS ATTENDED BY ABOUT 400 YOUNGSTERS WHO HAD TAKEN PART IN THE ORGANISATION OF SUMMER ACTIVITIES OVER THE PAST TWO MONTHS.

THE GATHERING BEGAN WITH A DISCUSSION SESSION DURING WHICH PARTICIPANTS SHARED THEIR EXPERIENCES IN VOLUNTEER WORK BEFORE MOVING ON TO GAMES AND DANCING.

OFFICIATING AT THE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME’S CLOSING CEREMONY WERE THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR WONG SIK-KONG; THE REGIONAL SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (WEST KOWLOON), MISS CHAN JOY-YIN; AND THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER (WEST/KOWLOON CITY), MISS JOEY LAM.

WITH SPONSORSHIP TOTALLING $470,000 FROM THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB AND THE DISTRICT BOARD, THIS YEAR’S KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME HAD PROVIDED OVER 300 ACTIVITIES TO 40,000 YOUNG PEOPLE.

THESE INCLUDED CARNIVALS, TRAINING CAMPS, VISITS AND SPORTING EVENTS.

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GOVT TO BUILD MEDICAL TRAINING CENTRE IN HO MAN TIN * * * * *

WORK WILL START AT THE END OF NEXT MONTH ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF A EIGHT-STOREY AUXILIARY MEDICAL SERVICES TRAINING CENTRE IN HO MAN i'IN.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT. AT A 4.450 SQUARE METRE SITE BOUND BY FAT KWONG STREET. PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD AND GOOD SHEPHERD STREET. ARE NOW BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

THE PROJECT IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION IN JANUARY 1991.

THE CENTRE’S FACILITIES WILL INCLUDE A MULTI-PURPOSE HALL. LECTURE ROOMS. DEMONSTRATION ROOMS. CANTEEN/OFFICERS’ MESS OFFICE ACCOMMODATION, STORES AND AN OPEN PARADE GROUND.

TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE NOON ON SEPTEMBER 22.

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MEMBERS OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY IN HONG KONG AT THEIR MEETING ON MONDAY {SEPTEMBER 4).

THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT (SPECIAL DUTIES) OF THE TRANSPORT BRANCH. MR PETER PANG. WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE DOCUMENT.

PROBLEMS CAUSED BY VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE CONCERNING THE MARICULTURE ZONE AT THE SOKO ISLANDS AND THE ISSUE OF COMPENSATION WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSED AT THE MEETING.

IN ADDITION. MEMBERS WILL CONSIDER WAYS TO IMPROVE THE COLLECTION OF RATES IN CHEUNG CHAU AS WELL AS RECEIVE AN UPDATE ON THE EXTENSION OF THE URBAN FRINGE IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME TO THE ISLANDS DISTRICT.

ANOTHER ITEM ON THE AGENDA CONCERNS VIEWS ON THE COMPOSITION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN 1991.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 4) IN THE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM. 14TH FLOOR. HARBOUR BUILDING. PIER ROAD. CENTRAL, BEGINNING AT 2 PM.

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SWD YOUTH AND COMMUNITY OFFICE MOVES *****

THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT’S YOUTH AND COMMUNITY OFFICE (SHAM SHUI PO) WILL BE MOVED TO PRINCE CENTRE, SECOND FLOOR, 70 TAI PO ROAD, SHAM SHUI PO, ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 5).

THE NEW PHONE NUMBERS ARE 3-7778201 AND 3-7778455.

THE OFFICE WILL RESUME OPERATION ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 4). THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF TIN WAN STREET ON HONG KONG ISLAND BETWEEN TIN WAN CLOSE AND SHEK PAI WAN ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

THIS MEASURE WILL LAST FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS TO FACILITATE WATERMAIN LAYING WORK.

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

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TWO SPECIAL SERVICES ON KMB ROUTE *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TWO SPECIAL SERVICES WILL BE OPERATED ON KMB ROUTE NO. 68X. RUNNING FROM LONG PING ESTATE TO THE JORDAN ROAD FERRY. FROM MONDAYS TO SATURDAYS.

THE SPECIAL SERVICES WILL DEPART FROM LONG PING ESTATE AT 7.15 AM AND 7.45 AM, AND CHARGE NORMAL FARES.

THEY WILL OPERATE VIA LONG PING ROAD. FUK HI STREET, WANG LOK STREET. MA WANG ROAD. CASTLE PEAK ROAD. TUEN MUN ROAD. TSUEN WAN ROAD, KWAI CHUNG ROAD, CHEUNG SHA WAN ROAD, NATHAN ROAD AND JORDAN ROAD.

THE SERVICES BEGIN ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 4).

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ADJUSTMENT OF BUS LANE OPERATING PERIOD IN SHA TIN

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 4), THE MORNING OPERATING PERIOD OF THE BUS LANES DESIGNATED ALONG CHE KUNG MIU ROAD, HUNG MUI KUK ROAD AND LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD IN SHA TIN, WILL BE ADJUSTED.

THE MORNING OPERATING PERIOD, CURRENTLY BETWEEN 7.30 AM AND 9.30 AM, WILL BE DEFERRED BY 10 MINUTES TO COVER THE PERIOD BETWEEN 7.40 AM AND 9.30 AM.

ALL VEHICLES, EXCEPT BUSES AND VEHICLES WITH PERMITS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT, WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE BUS LANES DURING THE PERIODS FROM 7.40 AM TO 9.30 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY EXCEPT SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT IN ORDER TO FACILITATE ROADWORKS, THE SECTION OF WONG CHU ROAD BETWEEN LUNG MUN ROAD AND ROAD 16A IN TUEN MUN WILL BE CLOSED FOR SEVEN NIGHTS BETWEEN 1.30 AM AND 5.30 AM FROM MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 4) TO SEPTEMBER 11.

DURING THE CLOSURE, MOTORISTS ON LUNG MUN ROAD NORTHBOUND HEADING FOR KOWLOON WILL HAVE TO DRIVE VIA PUI TO ROAD. TUEN MUN HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD. TUEN HING ROAD AND TUEN MUN ROAD.

THOSE ON WONG CHU ROAD WESTBOUND HEADING FOR TUEN MUN WEST WILL HAVE TO DRIVE VIA ROAD 16A. TUEN MUN HEUNG SZE WUI ROAD AND PUI TO ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FILM CLIPS TO PRESENT HK'S CASE ON IVORY ....................... 1

DISABLED CHILDREN NEED COMMUNITY SUPPORT  ...................... 2

DB FUNDS FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS .................... 3

FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR SOCIAL SERVICES PROGRAMMES ................. 4

TSUEN WAN DB TO DISCUSS WASTE DISPOSAL PLAN .................... 4

YUEN LONG DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS SPORTS BOARD ................. 5

CONSTRUCTION OF HA, TSUEN SEWAGE PUMPING STATION ............... 5

CONSTRUCTION OF ABATTOIR IN CHEUNG CHAU ........................ 6

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YOUTH ORCHESTRA RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS ......................... 6

NEW IDENTITY CARDS FOR MEN BORN IN 1945-48 ..................... 7

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CENTRAL ................................ 8

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1989

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FILM CLIPS TO PRESENT HE'S CASE ON IVORY

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THE GOVERNMENT HAS PRODUCED TWO FILM CLIPS ON HONG KONG’S IVORY CONTROL FOR OVERSEAS RELEASE WITH A VIEW TO ENHANCING A BETTER OVERSEAS UNDERSTANDING OF THE LOCAL SITUATION ON IVORY.

THE FILM CLIPS, OF ONE AND A HALF MINUTES AND FOUR MINUTES DURATION, HAVE BEEN PREPARED BY THE GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICES, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT, AS PART OF ITS EFFORTS TO PROMOTE HONG KONG’S IMAGE OVERSEAS.

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT’S ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (CONSERVATION AND COUNTRY PARKS), MR FRANK LAU, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THE KEY MESSAGE THE FILMS CONVEYED WAS HONG KONG’S FULL COMMITMENT TO THE CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA (CITES) BY STRENGTHENING ITS ALREADY STRICT CONTROLS ON IVORY.

SUCH ACTION FOLLOWED GROWING CONCERN WORLDWIDE IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS OVER THE DECLINING AFRICAN ELEPHANT POPULATION IN THE PRODUCING COUNTRIES.

THAT CONCERN RESULTED IN A NUMBER OF COUNTRIES, INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES, JAPAN, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND EUROPEAN COMMUNITY COUNTRIES, IMPOSING A BAN ON IVORY IMPORTS.

MR LAU SAID THE BAN HAD ADVERSELY AFFECTED THE LOCAL IVORY TRADE AS THESE COUNTRIES REPRESENTED HONG KONG’S MAJOR IVORY EXPORT MARKETS.

"THIS INDISCRIMINATE BAN HAS UNFAIRLY' COVERED EXISTING STOCKS OF RAW AND WORKED IVORY PREVIOUSLY IMPORTED LEGALLY FROM CITES-APPROVED SOURCES," HE SAID.

THE CURRENT ESTIMATED STOCK OF IVORY' IMPORTED INTO AND HELD IN HONG KONG UNDER CITES REGULATIONS IS APPROXIMATELY 500 TONNES OF RAW IVORY AND 170 TONNES OF’ WORKED IVORY.

"MOREOVER, IT HAS IMPOSED A LIVELIHOOD HARDSHIP ON SOME 1,200 LOCAL IVORY CARVERS AND 1,800 OTHER IVORY' WORKERS ENGAGED IN THE TRADITIONAL HANDICRAFT WHICH DATES BACK SOME 2,000 YEARS," MR LAU SAID.

"MANY OF THE WORKERS ARE OVER 40 YEARS OF AGE, AND HAVE NO OTHER MEANS TO SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES BUT BY THEIR LIFE-LONG DEVELOPED SKILLS.

"THIS IS INDEED A SAD EPILOGUE IN A WORLD WHICH BEMOANS THE PASSING OF FINE CRAFTSMANSHIP."

MR LAU SAID THAT SINCE EXISTING LEGAL STOCKS POSED NO THREAT TO THE PRESENT ELEPHANT POPULATION, HONG KONG WAS IN FAVOUR OF CONTINUING TRADE IN EXISTING IVORY STOCKS.

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"AT THE SAME TIME, WE SUPPORT TIGHTER CONTROL AS WELL AS CO-OPERATIVE INTERNATIONAL ACTIONS DESIGNED TO SAVE NOT ONLY THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT BUT ALSO A TRADITIONAL ARTISTIC CRAFT FROM EXTINCTION," HE ADDED.

MEANWHILE, THE GOVERNMENT HAS TAKEN ITS ALREADY STRICT CONTROL ONE STEP FURTHER TO MAKE THE IMPORT OF ILLEGAL IVORY IMPOSSIBLE.

THE MEASURES TAKEN INCLUDE A MORATORIUM ON IMPORTS OF RAW IVORY FROM ALL SOURCES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, THOROUGH REGISTRATION AND MARKING OF ALL EXISTING LOCAL IVORY STOCKS AND ESTABLISHING A COMPUTER DATA BASE FOR ALL REGISTERED IVORY.

A SPECIAL TASK FORCE WAS ALSO FORMED TN THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT TO INVESTIGATE AND SUPPRESS ANY ILLEGAL IMPORT AND EXPORT THROUGH HONG KONG.

IN ADDITION, PLANS ARE BEING FINALISED FOR THE LICENSING OF THE POSSESSION OF ALL FORMS OF IVORY FOR COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.

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THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE. MR STEPHEN LAW, TODAY (SUNDAY) CALLED FOR MORE PUBLIC CONCERN, CARE AND LOVE TO BE SHOWN TO DISABLED CHILDREN SO THAT THEY CAN DEVELOP IN A NORMAL WAY.

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE "STEP IN, LIGHT UP THE RETARDED 1989" COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG JAYCEETTES AT THE EXHIBITION SQUARE OF SHUN TAK CENTRE IN SHEUNG WAN.

MR LAW POINTED OUT THAT COMMUNITY SUPPORT PLAYED AN IMPORTANT PART IN'SUPPLEMENTING THE EFFORTS BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THE SERVICE AGENCIES.

"THE GOVERNMENT, IN CONJUNCTION WITH VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, HAS BEEN PROVIDING VARIOUS SERVICES TO DISABLED CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF SIX SO THAT THEY CAN RECEIVE PROPER CARE IN THE EARLIEST STAGE.

"THESE PRE-SCHOOL SERVICES INCLUDE THE PROVISION OF EARLY EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTRES, SPECIAL CHILD CARE CENTRES AND INTEGRATED PROGRAMMES IN CHILD CARE CENTRES.

"THE COMPUTERISED CO-ORDINATED REFERRAL SYTEM FOR DISABLED PRESCHOOLERS ALSO PROVIDES MORE INFORMATION FOR BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN FUTURE PLANNING," HE SAID.

MR LAW COMMENDED THE HONG KONG JAYCEETTES. A VOLUNTARY GROUP OF YOUNG WOMEN, FOR ORGANISING A NUMBER OF MEANINGFUL CHARITABLE ACTIVITIES.

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DB FUNDS FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT PROJECTS ******

THREE VOLUNTARY AGENCIES IN WONG TAI SIN HAVE RECEIVED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD FOR ORGANISING COMMUNITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES.

THE AGENCIES, THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT LIFE SAVING SOCIETY, WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT FEDERATION OF WELFARE SERVICE FOR THE AGED AND THE CALVARY CHURCH SOCIAL SERVICE CENTRE, HAVE RECEIVED A TOTAL OF ABOUT 825,000 ALLOCATED BY THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE DISTRICT BOARD.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING INVITED FROM VOLUNTARY AGENCIES AND ORGANISATIONS IN WONG TAI SIN FOR THE NEXT PHASE OF ALLOCATION OF FUNDS FOR SIMILAR PROJECTS.

APPLICATIONS SHOULD REACH THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT BEFORE SEPTEMBER 18.

THE COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE WILL MEET IN OCTOBER TO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT APPLICANT ORGANISATIONS MUST BE NON-PROFIT-MAKING AND SHOULD BE SERVING MORE THAN ONE AREA OR SERVING THE WHOLE DISTRICT.

"APPLICATIONS RECOMMENDED BY AREA COMMITTEES WILL ALSO BE CONSIDERED," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

APPLICATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE BY TELEPHONING 3-230387.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT VETTING OF APPLICATIONS WOULD FOLLOW THE CRITERIA AS SET DOWN BY THE GOVERNMENT AND THAT THE AMOUNT TO BE APPROVED FOR A PARTICULAR ORGANISATION WOULD NOT EXCEED 810,000 WITHIN A FINANCIAL YEAR.

"REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE APPLICANT ORGANISATIONS HAVE TO ATTEND A MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE TO PRESENT THEIR PROJECTS.

"A REPORT ON THE PROJECT SHOULD ALSO BE SUBMITTED TO THE DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT WITHIN ONE MONTH OF THE PROJECT BEING COMPLETED," HE SAID.

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FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR SOCIAL SERVICES PROGRAMMES *****

SOCIAL SERVICES GROUPS AND ORGANISATIONS IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT MAY NOW APPLY FOR SUBSIDIES FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD TO CARRY OUT SOCIAL SERVICES PROJECTS IN THE DISTRICT.

FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE OF THE DISTRICT BOARD FOR PROGRAMMES FOR THE ELDERLY, THE DISABLED AND THE UNDERPRIVILEGED. APPLICANTS MAY RE^ER TO THE GUIDELINES ON APPLICATION FOR SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS FOR DETAILS ON APPLICATION PROCEDURES.

COPIES OF THE GUIDELINES, TOGETHER WITH APPLICATION FORMS, CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE SECRETARY OF THE COMMITTEE AT THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, MEI FUNG COURT. NAM NING STREET, ABERDEEN CENTRE.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST REACH THE SECRETARY BEFORE 5.30 PM ON SEPTEMBER 11.

THE COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER THE APPLICATIONS AT A MEETING IN EARLY OCTOBER, AND THEN INFORM THE APPLICANTS OF THE RESULTS IN WRITING.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE BY CALLING THE SECRETARY OF THE COMMITTEE, MISS LEONIE MONG, ON TEL. 5-540271.

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TSUEN WAN DB TO DISCUSS WASTE DISPOSAL PLAN

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THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE DRAFT WASTE DISPOSAL PLAN FOR HONG KONG AT A MEETING ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 5).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER THE RELOCATION OF THE YEUNG UK ROAD SPORTS GROUND, AND PROGRESS REPORTS BY THE TSUEN WAN INDUSTRIAL BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION TEAM AND THE TSUEN WAN INDUSTRIAL BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION COMMITTEE.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE REPORTS ON THE WORK OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND THE VARIOUS DISTRICT BOARD COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 5) IN THE MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, SECOND FLOOR, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, TSUEN WAN. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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YUEN LONG DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS SPORTS BOARD

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THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS AN INFORMATION PAPER ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD AT ITS MEETING ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 5).

A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE MUNICIPAL SERVICES BRANCH WILL ATTEND THE MEETING TO EXPLAIN THE DOCUMENT.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FROM LOCAL ORGANISATIONS FOR HOLDING RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT BETWEEN JANUARY AND MARCH.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 5) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM. 13TH FLOOR, TAI KIU GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 3 PM.

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CONSTRUCTION OF HA TSUEN SEWAGE PUMPING STATION

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THE GOVERNMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SEWAGE PUMPING STATION IN HA TSUEN.

WORK WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PUMPING STATION AND THE ASSOCIATED CHAMBERS. PIPELINES. ROADS AND DRAINAGE WORKS.

CONSTRUCTION WORK WILL START IN JANUARY NEXT YEAR AND THE PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN 22 MONTHS.

THE WORKS ARE DESIGNED BY THE DRAINAGE (DESIGN) DIVISION AND CONSTRUCTION WILL BE SUPERVISED BY THE DRAINAGE (CONSTRUCTION) DIVISION OF THE DRAINAGE SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE NOON ON SEPTEMBER 22.

THE HA TSUEN SEWAGE PUMPING STATION IS SCHEDULED FOR COMMISSIONING BY THE END OF 1991. FORMING PART OF THE NORTH WEST TERRITORIES SEWERAGE SCHEME.

THE SEWERAGE SCHEME IS AIMED AT REDUCING POLLUTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND IMPROVING THE LIVING CONDITIONS IN THE REGION BY CONSTRUCTION OF A NETWORK OF TRUNK SEWERS AND PUMPING STATIONS TO SERVE YUEN LONG. YUEN LONG-TUEN MUN CORRIDOR AND TIN SHUI WAI.

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CONSTRUCTION OE ABATTOIR IN CHEUNG CHAU » » » » ♦

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN ABATTOIR IN CHEUNG CHAU.

WORKS. WHICH WILL START IN DECEMBER. WILL INCLUDE THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN OFFICE BLOCK WITH CHANGING AND TOILET FACILITIES, AN ANIMAL LAIRAGE, A MAIN SLAUGHTER HALL, AN INCINERATOR, A TRANSFORMER ROOM AND SOFT LANDSCAPED AREA.

THE PROJECT IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION BY NOVEMBER NEXT YEAR.

TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE NOON ON SEPTEMBER 22.

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THE HONG KONG SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF THE MUSIC OFFICE IS RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS FOR 1989-90.

THE ORCHESTRA WILL BE TRAINED BY THE RESIDENT CONDUCTOR OF THE HONG KONG PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA, MISS YIP WING-SIE, AS ITS PRINCIPAL GUEST CONDUCTOR AND BY THE ASSISTANT MUSIC ADMINISTRATOR (PROFESSIONAL), MR THOMAS WANG.

THE HONG KONG YOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WAS FORMED IN 1978 WITH THE PRINCIPAL AIM OF PROVIDING TRAINEES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE WITH ORCHESTRAL TRAINING.

OVER THE YEARS, THE ORCHESTRA HAS HELD REGULAR CONCERTS IN HONG KONG, AS WELL AS PERFORMING IN AUSTRALIA, CYPRUS, FRANCE, ISRAEL, MACAU, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND CHINA.

APPLICANTS SHOULD BE UNDER 25 YEARS OF AGE AND HAVE ATTAINED GRADE SIX OR ABOVE IN THE ROYAL SCHOOLS OF MUSIC EXAMINATION, OR EQUIVALENT, IN AT LEAST ONE ORCHESTRAL MUSICAL INSTRUMENT.

THE DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS SEPTEMBER 11 AND QUALIFIED APPLICANTS WILL BE INVITED TO ATTEND AN AUDITION.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT ALL MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE. COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE YUEN LONG MUSIC CENTRE, SECOND AND THIRD FLOORS, YUEN LONG CENTRE, 55 SAU FU STREET, YUEN LONG.

FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE OBTAINED BY TELEPHONING 0-4750465.

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NEW IDENTITY CARDS FOR MEN BORN IN 1945-48

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MEN BORN IN 1945, '6, 1947 OR 1948 ARE REQUIRED TO APPLY

FOR NEW IDENTITY CARDS FROM SEPTEMBER 4 TO OCTOBER 21.

MEN OF THE ABOVE AGE GROUP SHOULD CALL AT ANY ONE OF THE EIGHT NEW IDENTITY CARD ISSUE OFFICES DURING THIS PERIOD.

"THE NEW IDENTITY CARD ISSUE OFFICES ARE OPEN FROM 8 AM TO 9.30 PM DAILY, EXCEPT SUNT AYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

"IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT THE ISSUE OFFICES WILL BE VERY CROWDED IN THE EVENINGS. TO AVOID HAVING TO QUEUE UP AT THE ISSUE OFFICES OR TO COME BACK ON ANOTHER D'Y, APPLICANTS ARE ADVISED TO GO TO THESE OFFICES IN THE MORNINGS A 0 AFTERNOONS," HE ADDED.

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

THE ADDRESSES AND ELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE ISSUE OFFICES ARE:

HONG KONG

EAST KOWLOON

WEST KOWLOON

TSUEN WAN

SHA TIN

YUEN LONG

TUEN MUN

SHEUNG SHUI

: BASEMENT, 151 GLOUCESTER ROAD. WAN CHAI TEL. NO. 5-747070

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

: C NTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, SECOND FLOOR, 393 CANTON ROAD, YAU MA TEI TJL. NO. 3-7232424

; EAST ASIA COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, 29-37 TSUEN FU STREET TEL. NO. 0-4981259

SHOP 8A, SECOND FLOOR, CHANWAY SHOPPING NTRE, 11-17, SHA TIN CENTRE STREET, SHA TIN

T L. NO. 0-6059108

: H OP YICK CENTRE, SECOND FLOOR, 31 HOP YICK ROAD

TEL. NO. 0-4771543

: CHI LOK COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, CHI LOK FA YUEN

TEL. NO. 0-4580862

; TSUEN WO TAI LAU, GROUND FLOOR, 82-84 SAN FUNG AVENUE, SHEK WU HUI TEL. NO. 0-6727191

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"APPLICANTS NORMALLY NEED TO BRING ALONG THEIR EXISTING IDENTITY CARDS IF THEIR CARDS WERE FIRST REGISTERED NOT LESS THAN SEVEN YEARS AGO AND BEAR THE »** SYMBOL," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"HOWEVER, IF THE APPLICANT’S IDENTITY CARD WAS FIRST REGISTERED LESS THAN SEVEN YEARS AGO OR DOES NOT HAVE THE *** SYMBOL, HE IS REQUIRED TO FURNISH MORE DOCUMENTARY EVIDENCE IN ORDER TO FACILITATE THE ASSESSMENT OF HIS RIGHT OF ABODE IN HONG KONG AND SUBSEQUENTLY HIS ELIGIBILITY FOR A PERMANENT IDENTITY CARD.

"THE DOCUMENT NAY TAKE THE FORM OF TRAVEL DOCUMENT, HONG KONG BIRTH CERTIFICATE, HONG KONG NATURALISATION CERTIFICATE, HONG KONG REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE, AND SO ON," HE ADDED.

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

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CENTRAL

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 5), GILMAN STREET BETWEEN PIER ROAD AND CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TRAFFIC TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

MOREOVER. VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO TURN RIGHT FROM WESTBOUND CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL ONTO GILMAN STREET.

VEHICLES ON CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL WESTBOUND HEADING FOR PIER ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THE LOOP ROAD NEAR HILLIER STREET, CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL EASTBOUND AND RUMSEY STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

INTRODUCTION OF NEW TRAINING SCHEME BEING CONSIDERED ........... 1

NEW INVESTMENT GIVES CAUSE FOR CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM IN INDUSTRY 3

STANDING COMMITTEE VISITS IMMIGRATION DEPT ..................... 6

SPECIAL DB MEETING TO STUDY TRANSPORT GREEN PAPER .............. 6

DB COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE IMPROVEMENTS TO MID-LEVELS CORRIDOR 7

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS HAWKER QUESTIONS ....................... 7

MEDICAL SERVICES IN NORTH DISTRICT ON AGENDA ................... 8

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS WELFARE SERVICES ....................... 9

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS FINANCE................................. 9

RADIO PROGRAMMES TO PROMOTE FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION ............. 10

WATER STORAGE FIGURE........................................... 11

OPERATION AGAINST ILLEGAL DISPLAY OF BILLS AND POSTERS ........ 11

ILLEGAL STRUCTURE IN TUEN MUN TO BE CLOSED..................... 12

WATER CUTS IN FIVE DISTRICTS .................................. 12

ROAD CLOSURE, PARKING METERS TO OPERATE ....................... 1?

MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 4, 1989

INTRODUCTION OF NEW TRAINING SCHEME BEING <ONSIDERED

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THE GOVERNMENT IS NOW CONSIDERING THE INTRODUCTION OF A NEW TRAINING SCHEME TO HELP TECHNOLOGISTS, TECHNICIANS AND TEACHERS TO ACQUIRE. ABSORB AND ADAPT TO LOCAL USE THE TECHNOLOGIES THE PRIVATE SECTOR WANTS, THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER, MR K.Y. YEUNG, SAID TODAY (NONDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE CONFERENCE ON THE POPULARISATION OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG AND THE UNITED NATIONS EDI’CATION, SCIENCE AND CULTURE ORGANISATION.

MR YEUNG SAID THE NEW TRAINING SCHEME WAS LIKELY TO EMERGE AS A LARGE, MORE FULL-BLOODED VERSION OF AN EXPERIMENTAL PROJECT LAUNCHED TWO YEARS AGO.

HE SAID IN A COMMUNITY SUCH AS HONG KONG - WELL KNOWN FOR ITS RESILIENCE, SPEED OF ADAPTION TO CHANGE AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP - THERE NEVER WAS ANY ROOM FOR COMPLACENCY.

"WE SHARE WITH THE OTHER ASIAN NEWLY INDUSTRIALISED ECONOMIES NOT ONLY THE HONOUR BUT ALSO THE BURDEN OF BEING A SUCCESSFUL ECONOMY.

"IN ORDER TO SURVIVE WE HAVE TO TRADE SUCCESSFULLY WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD, AND TO BE ABLE TO TRADE SUCCESSFULLY OUR ECONOMY MUST REMAIN HIGHLY COMPETITIVE.

"SO WE MUST THINK HARD AND OFTEN ABOUT THE DIRECTIONS IN WHICH DIFFERENT SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY ARE MOVING, AND EXAMINE THE IMPLICATIONS FOR OUR TRAINING SERVICES," MR YEUNG SAID.

WHILE DEMAND FOR MANUALLY SKILLED OPERATIVES WAS LIKELY TO REMAIN STABLE OR EVEN TO DECLINE AS MORE LABOUR-INTENSIVE OPERATIONS MOVE INTO SOUTH CHINA, DEMAND FOR TECHNICIANS, TECHNOLOGISTS AND THEIR SERVICE-SECTOR EQUIVALENTS WAS LIKELY TO RISE, HE POINTED OUT.

THESE SHIFTS WERE POINTING CLEARLY TO THE CREATION OF MORE KNOWLEDGE-INTENSIVE, MORE TECHNOLOGY-BASED EMPLOYMENT, MR YEUNG ADDED.

HE POINTED OUT THAT GIVEN A DEMAND-LED VOCATIONAL TRAINING SYSTEM, IT WAS NOT SURPRISING THAT LITTLE IF ANYTHING WAS BEING DONE TO PROVIDE TRAINING FOR TECHNOLOGISTS AND TECHNICIANS IN THOSE GROUPS OF DISCIPLINES THAT WERE PERCEIVED TO BE CRITICAL TO THE COMPETITIVENESS OF OUR INDUSTRIES BUT WHICH WERE NOT YET EXTENSIVELY PRACTISED.

"THE SORT OF TECHNOLOGIES THAT I THINK WE MUST SEEK TO LEARN AND ADAPT TO LOCAL USE ARE THOSE ASSOCIATED WITH MECHANISATION, THE INTEGRATION OF AUTOMATED DESIGN AND PRODUCTION, THE NETWORKING OF COMPUTERISED SYSTEMS AND THE TECHNOLOGIES OF PRODUCTIVITY ENHANCEMENT, SUSTAINED QUALITY AND VALUE CREATION," HE SAID.

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CONCERNING THE KIND OF MEASURES WHICH WOULD BEST ENABLE HONG KONG’S MANPOWER TO ABSORB AND ADAPT THESE TECHNOLOGIES, MR YEUNG SAID THERE WERE MANY WHO WOULD LIKE THE GOVERNMENT TO EMULATE THE TERRITORY’S ASIAN NEIGHBOURS BY CREATING AT GREAT EXPENSE A SERIES OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT ESTABLISHMENTS.

"I DO NOT THINK THERE IS AN 'IDEAL' REGIONAL MODEL," HE STRESSED.

IN SEEKING A FORM OF TRAINING THAT WOULD WORK IN HONG KONG, WE MUST HAVE REGARD TO A NUMBER OF FACTORS, MR YEUNG SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT WHILE MANY OF OUR BUSINESSES SET SOMEWHAT SHORT-TERM HORIZONS IN THEIR APPROACH TOWARDS INVESTMENT, THEY WERE MORE CAPABLE THAN THE GOVERNMENT COULD EVER. BE IN MAKING INVESTMENT DECISIONS, INCLUDING THE SELECTION OF THE SPECIFIC KINDS OF TECHNOLOGY THEY WISHED TO MASTER.

PRECISELY BECAUSE MANY OF OUR BUSINESSES WERE SMALL THEY TENDED TO LACK THE CAPABILITY FOR SUSTAINED RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT, THUS REQUIRING HELP IN FINDING SOURCES OF BENEFICIAL AND APPROPRIATE TECHNOLOGY, HE SAID.

WE WERE ALSO CONCERNED WITH TECHNOLOGIES THAT WERE NOT YET BEING EXTENSIVELY APPLIED IN HONG KONG BUT WERE BEING USED SUCCESSFULLY ELSEWHERE, MR YEUNG ADDED.

"TAKING THESE THREE BASIC CONSIDERATIONS INTO ACCOUNT, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT A TRAINING SCHEME THAT WOULD WORK IN HONG KONG WOULD NEED TO BE CREATED OUTSIDE THE FRAMEWORK OF THE TRAINING AUTHORITIES’ TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND PRACTICAL INSTRUCTION COURSES," HE SAID.

"GIVEN THAT MANY OF THE TECHNOLOGIES WE ARE CONSIDERING ARE NOT YET BEING APPLIED EXTENSIVELY WITHIN HONG KONG, WE MUST TURN TO THE PRIVATE SECTORS OF THOSE COUNTRIES THAT ARE APPLYING THEM, AND SEEK TO ARRANGE TRAINING ATTACHMENTS FOR OUR TECHNOLOGISTS AND TECHNICIANS.

"GIVEN, ALSO, THAT MANY OF OUR BUSINESSES ARE SMALL, SOME DEGREE OF FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TOWARDS THE COST OF HAVING THEIR MANAGERS SENT AND ATTACHED ABROAD WOULD HELP TO STIMULATE INTEREST," HE SAID.

MR YEUNG NOTED THAT IN SHORT, IT SEEMED THAT THE INGREDIENTS OF A SUCCESSFUL TRAINING SCHEME IN NEW TECHNOLOGIES WERE, FIRST, A SUITABLE PLACEMENT AGENCY TO DEVELOP A NETWORK OF TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES SUPPORTED, SECONDLY, BY THE RESOURCES OF TRAINING FUND.

IN ACCORDANCE WITH THESE BACKGROUND, THE GOVERNMENT, IN COLLABORATION WITH THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL (VTC), RAN AN EXPERIMENTAL SCHEME TWO YEARS AGO.

UNDER THE SCHEME, ARRANGEMENTS WERE MADE WITH THE LEADING SEMICONDUCTOR MULTINATIONALS TRAINING IN THE DESIGN AND APPLICATION OF CUSTOMISED CHIPS FOR SOME 40 ENGINEERS.

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"TO DATE, OF THE 22 WHO HAVE RETURNED (THE OTHERS ARE STILL UNDERGOING TRAINING), 21 HAVE REJOINED THEIR PARENT COMPANIES, HE SAID.

AS A RESULT, INVESTMENT IN DESIGN AND PRODUCTION OF CUSTOMISED CHIPS HAD GROWN SUBSTANTIALLY AND THE MOST NOTABLE CASE BEING THE SETTING UP OF A BILLION DOLLAR DESIGN AND PRODUCTION PLANT IN IA1 PC INDUSTRIAL ESTATE.

MR YEUNG SAID THE PARTIES CONCERNED WERE EXPLORING DETAILS WITH THE VTC AND HE HOPED THAT A DECISION TO PROCEED W1IH THE NEW TRAINING SCHEME WOULD SOON BE ANNOUNCED.

"IT IS THROUGH HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMMES SUCH AS THIS, TAKEN TOGETHER WITH THE PROVISION OF ADEQUATE INFRASTRUCTURAL SUPPORT. THAT A SOCIETY CREATES A HEALTHY SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL 'CULTURE'.

"THAT 'CULTURE' IN TURN INFLUENCES BOTH INVESTMENT AND EDUCATION," MR YEUNG SAID.

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IN INDUSTRY

WHILE SENTIMENTS HAVE BECOME MORE CAUTIOUS THAN BEFORE, HONG KONG HAS WITNESSED A NUMBER OF NEW INVESTMENT DECISIONS MADE AFTER THE RECENT EVENTS IN CHINA, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR ANDREW LEUNG, SAID THIS (MONDAY) MORNING.

SPEAKING TO PARTICIPANTS IN THE LONDON BUSINESS SCHOOL’S MBA PROGRAMME, MR LEUNG SAID THESE INCLUDED SEVERAL NEW MANUFACTURING INVESTMENTS BY OVERSEAS COUNTRIES AND THE DECISIONS BY TWO UNITED STATES COMPANIES TO RELOCATE THEIR REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS TO HONG KONG.

HE SAID THE TWO UNITED STATES COMPANIES WERE HAYES MICROCOMPUTERS, MOVING TO HERE FROM SINGAPORE, AND MCDONNELL DOUGLAS, BEING RELOCATED FROM SHANGHAI.

THE NEW MANUFACTURING INVESTMENTS WERE MADE BY DAIWA STEEL (JAPAN), NEC (JAPAN), DAIDO CONCRETE (JAPAN), MULTIFORM (AUSTRALIA), 3M (USA) AND LAMDA MAGNETICS LTD (JAPAN/HONG KONG JOINT VENTURE), TOTALLING OVER US$28 MILLION.

MR LEUNG SAID THAT ALTHOUGH IT WAS STILL TOO EARLY TO BE DEFINITE ABOUT THE IMPACT OF RECENT EVENTS IN CHINA ON HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING BUSINESSES, SEVERAL APPARENT CONTRASTS HAD SO FAR EMERGED.

"FIRST, IN CHINA, IT IS OBVIOUS THAT THE IMPACT HAS BEEN FAR LESS IN THE SOUTH THAN IN THE NORTH," HE SAID.

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"THE PEARL RIVER DELTA REGION SUFFERED ONLY ISOLATED AND MINOR TRANSPORT AND OTHER DISRUPTIONS. ALL MANUFACTURING ACTIVITIES THERE HAVE NOW VIRTUALLY RETURNED TO NORMAL."

MR LEUNG SAID THE SECOND CONTRAST WAS BETWEEN EXISTING BUSINESS AND NEW INVESTMENT PLANS. "WHILE MOST OF THE EXISTING OPERATIONS IN CHINA ARE BEING MAINTAINED, MAJOR NEW INVESTMENT PROPOSITIONS ARE BEING EVALUATED WITH MUCH GREATER CAUTION," HE SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE THIRD CONTRAST WAS BETWEEN JAPANESE AND OTHER OVERSEAS INVESTORS. "GENERALLY, THEY (THE JAPANESE) ARE ABLE TO ADOPT A MORE RELAXED AND LONGER-TERM APPROACH," HE SAID.

MR LEUNG SAID THE GROUNDS FOR HONG KONG’S CAUTIOUS OPTIMISM LAY IN ITS LONG TERM ECONOMIC FUNDAMENTALS.

FIRST OF ALL, HE SAID, HONG KONG HAD BEEN AN ECONOMIC MIRACLE.

"DURING THE PAST DECADE, OUR GDP HAS BEEN GROWING AT THE AVERAGE ANNUAL RATE OF 8.4 PER CENT IN REAL TERMS. OUR PER CAPITA GDP IS NOW SECOND IN ASIA ONLY TO JAPAN.

"WE ARE NOW THE WORLD’S 11TH LARGEST EXPORTER OF GOODS AND THE 12TH LARGEST IMPORTER. THUS, WE HAVE BECOME A VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THE WORLD’S ECONOMIC SYSTEM," HE SAID.

SECONDLY, MR LEUNG SAID, UNDER THE JOINT DECLARATION HONG KONG HAD BECOME A SEPARATE CONTRACTING PARTY TO THE GATT AND A SEPARATE MEMBER OF THE CUSTOMS COOPERATION COUNCIL.

HE SAID HONG KONG WOULD CONTINUE TO PARTICIPATE IN MANY INTERNATIONAL BODIES IN ITS OWN RIGHT BEYOND 1997.

MR LEUNG SAID THE THIRD FUNDAMENTAL WAS THAT HONG KONG HAD AN EXCELLENT BUSINESS INFRASTRUCTURE, INCLUDING ITS ENTERPRISING ENTREPRENEURS, ITS HARD-WORKING LABOUR FORCE, ITS FREE ECONOMY, ITS WORLD-RENOWNED CONTAINER PORT, AIRPORT, TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND FINANCIAL SERVICES.

"THIS INFRASTRUCTURE WILL CONTINUE TO BE EXPANDED, INCLUDING THE RECENTLY OPENED KWUN TONG-QUARRY BAY MASS TRANSIT EXTENSION, THE SECOND CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL, THE NEW UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, A PROPOSED THIRD INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, AND A PROPOSED NEW INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT," HE SAID.

FOURTHLY, HE SAID, AFTER RECENT EVENTS, CHINA HAD REPEATEDLY REAFFIRMED ITS "OPEN DOOR" POLICY.

HE SAID THAT SINCE THE POLICY’S INCEPTION IN 1978, CHINA’S ECONOMY HAD ENJOYED AN ANNUAL GROWTH RATE OF 9.9 PER CENT IN REAL TERMS AND IT HAD BECOME THE WORLD’S EIGHTH LARGEST INDUSTRIAL PRODUCER.

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"MUCH OF THIS SUCCESS HAS BEEN SPEARHEADED BY GUANGDONG, ACCOUNTING FOR 40 PER CENT OF TOTAL REALISED FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN CHINA.

"IN TURN, GUANGDONG DEPENDS ON HONG KONG FOR 70 PER CENT Or ITS FOREIGN CAPITAL, FOR MANAGEMENT EXPERTISE AND FOR THE SUPPLY OF PARTS, COMPONENTS AND PROCESSED MATERIALS," HE SAID.

FIFTHLY, MR LEUNG SAID, HONG KONG HAD PROVED TO BE HIGHLY RESILIENT, EMERGING STRONGER THAN BEFORE THROUGH RECESSIONS AND THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION IN CHINA.

HE SAID ALREADY THERE WERE SIGNS THAT BUSINESS CONFIDENCE WAS RETURNING IN HONG KONG.

"THIS IS EVIDENCED BY THE RECENT US$0.3 BILLION PURCHASE OF THE GARDEN ROAD SITE; THE US$1.3 BILLION SYNDICATED LOAN FOR HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL TERMINAL CONTAINER CARGO HANDLING EXPANSION; THE US$0.5 BILLION INVESTMENT IN NEW CABLE TV NETWORK BY HONG KONG CABLE COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED INVOLVING US WEST AND CODITEL SA (BELGIUM) IN ADDITION TO LOCAL PARTNERS: AND A TENTATIVE PROPOSAL TO EXTEND THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY SYSTEM TO HONG KONG ISLAND AT A COST OF US$0.8 BILLION," HE SAID.

LOOKING TOWARDS THE PROSPECTS IN THE 1990’S, MR LEUNG SAID A NUMBER OF DEVELOPMENTS WERE IN THE OFFING.

"FIRST," HE SAID, "PROVIDED THE COST AND OTHER ECONOMIC BENEFITS CONTINUE TO BE REALISED, SOUTH CHINA, PARTICULARLY GUANGDONG, WILL REMAIN ATTRACTIVE TO INVESTORS IN THE MORE LABOUR INTENSIVE OPERATIONS.

"AT THE SAME TIME, SUCH DEVELOPMENTS WILL CONTINUE TO DEPEND ON HONG KONG AS A REGIONAL MANUFACTURING AND SUPPORT .CENTRE."

SECONDLY, HE ADDED, HONG KONG WAS GATHERING PACE IN MOVING TOWARDS HIGHER VALUE-ADDED AND MORE KNOWLEDGE AND CAPITAL INTENSIVE PROCESSES.

"THIS IS ALREADY EVIDENT FROM THE GROWTH OF THE LINKAGE INDUSTRIES IN HONG KONG WHICH CONVERT RAW MATERIALS INTO SEMI-MANUFACTURES, PRECISION PARTS, COMPONENTS AND INTERMEDIATES," HE SAID.

MR LEUNG SAID THE THIRD DEVELOPMENT WAS THAT TECHNOLOGY WAS LIKELY TO PLAY AN INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT ROLE IN HONG KONG.

"ALONG WITH OTHER MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURAL PROJECTS, HONG KONG’S TECHNOLOGICAL INFRASTRUCTURE IS BEING CONSIDERABLY REINFORCED," HE SAID.

FOURTHLY, HE SAID, HONG KONG WAS EXPANDING ITS TRADE AND PRODUCTION LINKS WITH FAST-GROWING ASIAN COUNTRIES INCLUDING JAPAN, TAIWAN, SOUTH KOREA, SINGAPORE AND THAILAND.

/"OVER THE .......

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"OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS, HONG KONG’S TRADE WITH THESE COUNTRIES HAS GROWN AT AN ANNUAL RATE OF 35.5 PER CENT IN MONEY TERMS. THESE MARKETS NOW REPRESENT 21.3 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL TRADE.’ HE SAID.

"OUR STATUS AS A REGIONAL BUSINESS CENTRE WILL THEREFORE CONTINUE TO BE STRENGTHENED," HE ADDED.

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FIVE MEMBERS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON DISCIPLINED SERVICES SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE VISITED THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON.

THEY ARE MR ANTHONY CHEUNG, MR CHOW CHL’N-FAI , MRS NELLIE FONG, MR BRIAN RENWICK AND MR TANG KWAI-NANG.

THE VISITORS WERE RECEIVED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION, MR H.C. YEUNG, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (VIETNAMESE REFUGEES), MR W.Y. CHAN, AND OTHER SENIOR STAFF OF THE DEPARTMENT.

THEY VISITED HEI LING CHAU DETENTION CENTRE AND SAW THE SCREENING OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE.

THE PARTY ALSO WENT TO STONECUTTERS ISLAND AND SAW THE PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION OF NEWLY ARRIVED VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE.

TODAY’S VISIT WAS THE SECOND OF THE THREE’ FAMILIARISATION TOURS PLANNED FOR THIS YEAR BY MEMBERS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE TO THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT.

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THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD WILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 6) TO STUDY THE GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY IN HONG KONG.

THE PAPER IS THE BASIS ON WHICH VIEWS ARE SOUGHT ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF A LONG TERM TRANSPORT STRATEGY FOR THE TERRITORY.

/OFFICIALS FROM

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OFFICIALS FROM THE TRANSPORT HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENTS WILL ATTEND THE GREEN PAPER AND TO ANSWER QUESTIONS.

BRANCH AND THE TRANSPORT AND MEETING TO BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD SPECIAL MEETING, WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 6) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, CHAN MAN STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN.

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DB COMMITTEE TO EXAMINE IMPROVEMENTS TO MID-LEVELS CORRIDOR ♦ »»♦***

THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS A FEASIBILITY STUDY ON IMPROVEMENTS TO THE MIDLEVELS EAST WEST ROAD CORRIDOR AT ITS MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 6).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER A PAPER ON TRAFFIC PROBLEMS IN WESTERN AND DISCUSS AN ACTION PROGRAMME REVIEW ON THE DISTRICT’S PEDESTRIAN PROBLEM SPOTS.

A MEMBER WILL ASK WHAT MEASURES WILL BE TAKEN TO ALLEVIATE CONGESTION AT THE TERMINUS OF BUS ROUTE 91 IN CENTRE STREET, SAI YING PUN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 6) IN ROOM 1416, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS HAWKER QUESTIONS ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS A WRITTEN QUESTION CONCERNING THE INCREASE IN HAWKER LICENCE FEES AND THE REGISTRATION OF HAWKERS ASSISTANTS AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO RAISE A QUESTION ABOUT DRAINAGE PROBLEMS IN THE DISTRICT.

/OTHER ITEMS

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 4, 1989

OTHER ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION ARE THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PERMANENT REFUSE COLLECTION POINT AT LUARD ROAD, AND APPLICATIONS FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS TO ORGANISE A CLEAN FOOTBRIDGE CAMPAIGN AND THE DISTRICT’S CLEAN HONG KONG CAMPAIGN YOUTH RALLY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE, WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 4 PM TOMORROW IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, 21ST FLOOR, SOUTHORN CENTRE, 130 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI.

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MEDICAL SERVICES IN NORTH DISTRICT ON AGENDA ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ »

THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING A SURVEY REPORT ON THE DEMAND FOR MEDICAL SERVICES IN THE DISTRICT AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

MEMBERS WILL GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON COMMENTS THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND THE HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAVE MADE ON THE REPORT.

A REQUEST FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF A FAMILY PLANNING CLINIC IN THE DISTRICT WILL ALSO BE DISCUSSED.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE A BRIEFING ON FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION SERVICE, AND AN APPLICATION FOR COMMITTEE FUNDS FOR ORGANISING THE ’’CONCERN FOR THE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF OUR CHILDREN CAMPAIGN".

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS WELFARE SERVICES t ♦ * t t

THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS SOCIAL WELFARE SERVICES FOR RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE ASSISTANT DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (EASTERN/WAN CHAI), MR LAM HARK-CHEE, WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THESE SERVICES WHICH INCLUDE SOCIAL SECURITY, FAMILY SERVICES, MEDICAL SOCIAL SERVICES, SERVICES FOR OFFENDERS, YOUTH AND COMMUNITY SERVICES, AS WELL

AS

REHABILITATION AND ELDERLY SERVICES.

ALSO MEMBERS WILL BE INFORMED OF DETAILS REGARDING THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE TO TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE EASTERN OFFICE, FIRST FLOOR, 880-886 KING’S ROAD.

OF THE BE HELD DISTRICT

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD’S FINANCE AND GENERAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY) ITS REVISED ESTIMATES OF EXPENDITURE FOR 1989-90.

MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER ALLOCATING $47,000 IN DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS FOR PRINTING A REPORT AND A BOOKLET ON THE DISTRICT BOARD.

THE DRAFT OF ANOTHER BOOKLET ON THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT AND THE DISTRICT BOARD WILL BE TABLED FOR MEMBERS’ COMMENT.

IN ADDITION, MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS THE NOMINATION PROCEDURES FOR THE AWARD OF CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION BY THE DISTRICT BOARD THIS YEAR.

/OTHER AGENDA .......

MONDAY, S

"EMBER 4, 1989

OTHER AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE THE STATEMENTS OF EXPENDITURE AND COMMITMENT AS AT AUGUST 15 OF THE BOARD AND THE COMMITTEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD’S FINANCE AND GENERAL AFFAIRS 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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RADIO PROGRAMMES TO PROMOTE FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION *****

A 17-PART RADIO PROGRAMME ON RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD WILL BE BROADCAST ON RADIO 1 OF RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG FROM WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 6) AS PART OF THIS YEAR’S FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN.

THE PROGRAMME, ENTITLED "WHAT A NICE DAY", WILL BE AIRED BETWEEN NOON AND 12.30 PM EVERY WEDNESDAY UNTIL DECEMBER 27.

THE 30-MINUTE PROGRAMME COMPRISES A DRAMA ON FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION, INTERVIEWS WITH FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION WORKERS AND CASE STUDIES PRESENTED BY THEM, A PHONE-IN QUIZ AND QUIZZES ON VARIOUS SUBJECTS IN RELATION TO A HARMONIOUS FAMILY.

ANOTHER 10-MINUTE RADIO PROGRAMME ON FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION WILL BE BROADCAST ON CHANNEL 1 OF COMMERCIAL RADIO. FROM OCTOBER 6 (FRIDAY). IT WILL BE A 10-PART SERIES AND WILL BE BROADCAST EVERY FRIDAY UNTIL DECEMBER 8.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE COMMITTEE ON FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT THE TWO RADIO PROGRAMMES, COSTING $100,000 ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS YEAR’S FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION CAMPAIGN.

IN ADDITION, THERE WILL BE AN EXHIBITION, JOINTLY ORGANISED WITH THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, TO BE HELD IN SHUN TAK CENTRE IN SHEUNG WAN AT THE END OF OCTOBER; AND A CARNIVAL AND VARIETY SHOW TO BE HELD IN VICTORIA PARK ON DECEMBER 9 IN CONJUNCTION WITH RTHK.

ALSO, A WJDE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES, INCLUDING EXHIBITIONS, WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS ON RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD WILL BE ORGANISED AT THE DISTRICT LEVEL BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND CONCERNED WELFARE AGENCIES.

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(| WATER STORAGE FIGURE * ♦ ♦ ♦

STOOD cKGOFBS1T?oF3?3B|80ATNIL9LI“ 0^“’

»ru7Q TTMF 1 AST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 44.7 PER CENT OF

262.199 MILLION CAPACITY.

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OPERATION AGAINST ILLEGAL DISPLAY OF BILLS AND POSTERS * * * *

A TOTAL OF 20 SUMMONSES WERE ISSUED BLITZ OPERATION AGAINST ILLEGAL DISPLAY LAST SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.

DURING A TERRITORY-WIDE BILLS AND POSTERS HELD

AT PRIVATE OR OFFICE HOURS,

"RILLS AND POSTERS ARE OFTEN DISPLAYED ILLEGALLY PUBLIC PLACES DURING “1™®™?. "^□‘"'’lBANUNrSs OF THE CITY, sSSE FOR TH^JOINT URBAN^COUNCIL/BBO IONAL COUNCTL KEEP HONG

m>S>( COTTER SAID TODAY (MONDAY! ■

" A KONG

THE ^BTsB"»M5oS,^T1^1™rLZ

BY THE URBAN SisKVlGna

REGULAR BASIS.

"WE COMPANIES. PUBLICITY

HOPE THAT THE GENERAL PUBLIC, WOULD EXERCISE SELF-DISCIPLINE IN POSTERS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ESPECIALLY ADVERTISING HANDLING THEIR OUTDOOR

"ANY PERSON WHO DISPLAYS BILLS ANU fUSTERS IN

PRIVATE PLACES AUTHORISATION

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ILLEGAL STRUCTURE IN TUEN MUN TO BE CLOSED

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING TO CLOSE AN ILLEGAL

STRUCTURE AT FLAT 3, THIRD FLOOR, BLOCK F6, PEARL ISLAND BUNGALOWS, IN TUEN MUN, SO THAT IT CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT DANGER TO THE

OCCUPIERS AND TO THE PUBLIC.

THE CLOSURE IS PART OF AN EXERCISE TO ENFORCE AN ORDER ISSUED

UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE ON DECEMBER 19 LAST YEAR REQUIRING THE

DEMOLITION OF THE STRUCTURE.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER FROM THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT COURT ON NOVEMBER 2 HAS ALREADY BEEN POSTED ON A CONSPICUOUS PART OF THE STRUCTURE.

IT IS EXPECTED THAT DEMOLITION WILL START IMMEDIATELY AFTER A CLOSURE ORDER IS MADE.

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WATER CUTS IN FIVE DISTRICTS

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SALT WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES IN HA KWAI CHUNG WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 AM TO 4 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO FACILITATE MAINTENANCE WORK.

THE SUSPENSION WILL AFFECT AREAS INCLUDING CHO YIU ESTATE, LAI YIU ESTATE, LAI KING TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA, WONDERLAND VILLAS, WAH YUEN CHUEN AND PREMISES ALONG WAH KING HILL ROAD.

ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEM0ER 6), SALT WATER SUPPLY TO ALL PREMISES IN MONG KOK AND YAU MA TEI DISTRICTS WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 9 AM TO 5 PM TO FACILITATE WATERMAIN CONNECTION.

SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN 9 AM TO 5 PM FOR WATER WORKS.

BY SAN PO KONG INDUSTRIAL AREA, KWUN TONG ROAD, FROM CLEAR WATER ESTATE, CHOI WAN ESTATE, FUNG HILL ROAD.

ON THE SAME DAY, FRESH WATER KOWLOON EAST WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED NGAU CHI WAN, PING SHEK, CHOI HUNG, BAY ROAD TO CHOI WAN ROAD, KAI YIP

SHING STREET, PING TING ROAD AND HAMMER

ALSO, ON THE SAME DAY, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN IN TAI KOK TSUI WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM TO 6 AM THE FOR A NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

PREMISES

NEXT DAY

FUK IVY

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY ANCHOR STREET, LIME STREET, TSUN STREET, ELM STREET, BEECH STREET, OAK STREET, TIT SHU STREET, STREET, PALM STREET, TAI KOK TSUI ROAD AND PINE STREET.

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ROAD CLOSURE, PARKING METERS TO OPERATE

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 6), THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM CHUK YUEN ROAD TO LION ROCK PARK ROAD SOUTHBOUND WILL BE CLOSED FOR 10 DAYS TO FACILITATE URGENT ROAD REINSTATEMENT WORKS.

DURING THIS CLOSURE, VEHICLES ON CHUK YUEN ROAD HEADING FOR LUNG CHEUNG ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CHUK YUEN ROAD, MA CHAI HANG ROAD, FUNG MO STREET ROUNDABOUT AND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD.

VEHICLES TRAVELLING FROM TIN MA COURT TOWARDS LUNG CHEUNG ROAD EASTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CHUK YUEN ROAD EASTBOUND, MA CHAI HANG ROAD, FUNG MO STREET ROUNDABOUT AND LUNG CHEUNG ROAD.

IN TUEN MUN, THE TWO-HOUR PARKING METERS INSTALLED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT AT THE SIX PARKING SPACES IN TSING HOI CIRCUIT SECTION EAST OF TSING SIN STREET, WILL OPERATE FROM 2 PM ON WEDNESDAY.

THESE PARKING METERS WILL OPERATE DAILY, EXCEPT ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, BETWEEN 8 AM AND 8 PM. THE PARKING FEE WILL BE SI PER 30 MINUTES.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

■TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 19^9

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

LARGEST DRUG SEIZURE EVER MADE IN H.K. NETS 420 KILOS OF HEROIN ......................................................... 1

A YEAR OF RELENTLESS ACTION AGAINST NARCOTICS .................. 2

ENHANCED COMPETITION ADDS TO HK'S ATTRACTIVENESS: SES....... 3

PUBLIC URGED TO COMMENT ON DRAFT WASTE DISPOSAL PLAN........ 5

HALF-YEAR ANALYSIS OF HK'S RE-EXPORT TRADE...................... 6

GOVERNOR TO VISIT SHA TIN, HEUNG YEE KUK ...................... 10

FISHERMEN URGED TO KEEP WATCH OVER CHILDREN ON BOATS........ 11

NEW SCHOOL FOR SHEK WU HUI .................................... 12

YUEN LONG DB TO DISCUSS TRANSPORT GREEN PAPER ................. 12

TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ........ 13

SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ............... 13

FIRE DESTROYS MAIL IN POST BOX ................................ 14

AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS ................................ 14

TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 5. 1989

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LARGEST DRUG SEIZURE EVER MADE IN H.K. NETS 420 KILOS OF HEROIN

NARCOTICS BUREAU OFFICERS YESTERDAY (MONDAY) SEIZED ABOUT 42H KILOGRAMS OF SUSPECTED NO. 4 HEROIN IN SAI KUNG ---------- THE LARGEST SEIZURE OF NO. 4 HEROIN EVER MADE IN HONG KONG.

THE SEIZURE CAN BE CONVERTED INTO 7.5 TONNES OF NO. 3 HEROIN AND HAS A LOCAL RETAIL VALUE OF HKS227 MILLION.

THE HIGH QUALITY OF THE DRUG INDICATED THAT IT WAS LIKELY TO BE DESTINED FOR MARKETS IN AUSTRALIA AND USA. WHERE THEY WOULD FETCH US$420 MILLION (OR HKS3.276 MILLION) AT THE RETAIL MARKET.

AS A RESULT OF INTENSIVE INVESTIGATION IN THE PAST FEW MONTHS. NARCOTICS BUREAU OFFICERS RAIDED A TWO-STOREY VILLAGE HOUSE IN CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD YESTERDAY.

INSIDE THE PREMISES. NARCOTICS BUREAU OFFICERS DISCOVERED AND SEIZED 30 TRAVELLING BAGS WHICH CONTAINED ABOUT 420 KILOGRAMS OF SUSPECTED NO. 4 HEROIN.

IN THE SAME WARDROBE WHERE THE DRUGS WERE FOUND. TWO AUTOMATIC PISTOLS. ONE LOADED WITH EIGHT ROUNDS AND THE OTHER LOADED WITH FIVE ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION. WERE ALSO SEIZED.

TWO RADIO SCANNERS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN USED FOR INTERCEPTING POLICE MESSAGES WERE ALSO FOUND ON THE PREMISES.

NO PERSON WAS ARRESTED AT THE LOCATION.

SUBSEQUENT TO THE DISCOVERY. NARCOTICS BUREAU OFFICERS RAIDED NINE ADDRESSES IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES AND ARRESTED TWO MEN. AGED 29 AND 35. AND TWO WOMEN, AGED 24 AND **39, IN CONNECTION WITH THIS SEIZURE.

THE SEIZURE IS BELIEVED TO BE A COMPLETE CONSIGNMENT OF DRUGS ORIGINATED FROM THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE AREA AND SMUGGLED INTO HONG KONG VIA THAILAND.

NARCOTICS BUREAU OFFICERS ARE STILL INVESTIGATING.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5. 1989

A YEAR OF RELENTLESS ACTION AGAINST NARCOTICS

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THE YEAR 1988 WAS ANOTHER ONE OF RELENTLESS ACTION AGAINST NARCOTICS, AND ONE WHICH SAW SOME REMARKABLE SUCCESSES.

FOR THE FIFTH SUCCESSIVE YEAR. THE ENCOURAGING DOWNWARD TREND IN THE NUMBER OF PERSONS NEWLY REPORTED TO THE GOVERNMENT COMPUTERISED CENTRAL REGISTRY OF DRUG ABUSE CONTINUED IN 1988. 2.139. OR 10.9 PER CENT FEWER THAN 1987.

EVEN MORE ENCOURAGING WAS THE DECREASE IN THE NUMBER OF NEWLY-REPORTED DRUG ABUSERS AGED UNDER 21. FROM 717 IN 1987 TO 679 IN 1988.

THESE FIGURES ARE CONTAINED IN THE JUST RELEASED HONG KONG NARCOTICS REPORT FOR 1988 PUBLISHED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN).

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ACAN, DR GERALD CHOA, HOWEVER, NOTED IN THE FOREWORD TO THE REPORT THAT THERE WERE SOME SIGNS OF AN INCREASE IN THE ABUSE OF PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES.

"ALTHOUGH THE ABUSE OF MANDRAX HAS BEEN CURBED, MORE OF OUR YOUNG PEOPLE SEEM TO BE EXPERIMENTING WITH CANNABIS," HE SAID.

"BECAUSE OF OUR CONCERN WITH THE APPARENT TREND TOWARDS PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES ABUSE, A LARGE SCALE SURVEY WAS MADE OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND TECHNICAL INSTITUTES.

"THE RESULT ARE FAIRLY RE-ASSURING AND CONFIRMED THE NUMBER OF YOUNG PEOPLE AT SCHOOL WHO ABUSE SUCH DRUGS IS STILL VERY SMALL," HE ADDED.

THE SURVEY OF OVER 100.000 STUDENTS AT SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND TECHNICAL INSTITUTES, WHICH WAS PUBLISHED IN JUNE 1988. SHOWED THAT 1.1 PER CENT OF THE SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS AND 2.8 PER CENT OF THE TECHNICAL INSTITUTE STUDENTS HAD ABUSED PSYCHOTROPIC SUBSTANCES. MAINLY MANDRAX, CANNABIS AND SECONAL.

"THIS CONCLUSION HAS BEEN BORNE OUT BY THE EXPERIENCE OF A NEW COUNSELLING CENTRE SET UP BY THE HONG KONG CHRISTIAN SERVICE TO PROVIDE ADVICE AND HELP FOR USERS OF SUCH DRUGS," DR CHOA SAID.

PREVENTIVE EDUCATION AND PUBLICITY ACTIVITIES DISSEMINATING THE ANTI-NARCOTICS MESSAGE IN 1988 WERE NUMEROUS AS HIGH PRIORITY WAS ACCORDED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

"ACTION TO WARN THE YOUNGER GENERATION OF THE DANGERS OF DRUG ABUSE HAS BEEN MAINTAINED AT A HIGH LEVEL." HE SAID.

IN ADDITION TO REGULAR TALKS TO SECONDARY SCHOOLS THROUGHOUT HONG KONG, DISTRICT CAMPAIGNS WERE HELD AND WERE WELL SUPPORTED BY COMMUNITY LEADERS, DISTRICT BOARDS AND DISTRICT OFFICES.

/THE HIGHLIGHT .......

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THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR WAS THE ANTI-DRUG WEEK IN OCTOBER FEATURING A MIXED AND BALANCED PROGRAMME WHICH INCLUDED A FAMILY CAMP, EXHIBITIONS AND RUN-THE-STAIRS COMPETITION.

ON THE LAW ENFORCEMENT SIDE. THE CHAIRMAN WAS PLEASED BY THE OUTSTANDING RESULTS ACHIEVED BY THE POLICE AND CUSTOMS. WITNESSING SEVERAL RECORD SEIZURES AND MORE PROSECUTIONS OF MORE SERIOUS CASES THAN EVER BEFORE.

A TOTAL OF 11,560 PERSONS WERE PROSECUTED FOR ALL DRUG OFFENCES IN 1988. A SLIGHT 2.7 PER CENT INCREASE COMPARED WITH 1987.

OF THE PERSONS PROSECUTED, 782 PERSONS WERE UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE. AGAINST 772 IN 1987.

HOWEVER. THERE WAS AN INCREASE OF 29.3 PER CENT IN THE NUMBER OF PERSONS PROSECUTED FOR MAJOR DRUG OFFENCES, FROM 5,839 TO 7,547, WHILE PROSECUTIONS FOR MINOR OFFENCES DECREASED FROM 5.413 TO 4,013.

ON THE INTERNATIONAL SCENE. THE REPORT SAID THAT AS INTERNATIONAL CONCERN OVER DRUG ABUSE AND NARCOTICS TRAFFICKING INCREASED, HONG KONG’S SUCCESSES IN COMBATTING THIS INCREASE CONTINUED TO ATTRACT CONSIDERABLE ATTENTION BOTH LOCALLY AND OVERSEAS.

DURING THE YEAR. A TOTAL OF 99 FOREIGN VISITORS CAME TO HONG KONG FOR TRAINING ATTACHMENTS, FAMILARISATION VISITS AND COURSES IN THE ANTI-NARCOTICS FIELD.

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT MADE ITS 14TH ANNUAL CONTRIBUTION OF SI 10.000 IN 1988 TO THE UNITED NATIONS FUND FOR DRUG ABUSE CONTROL IN SUPPORT OF ITS WORLDWIDE CONTROL MEASURES.

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OPENING UP TELECOMMUNICATIONS TO COMPETITION IS A GOOD EXAMPLE OF HOW THE GOVERNMENT HAS OVER A NUMBER OF YEARS BEEN IMPLEMENTING A POLICY THAT LAYS THE FOUNDATION FOR HONG KONG’S CONTINUED SUCCESS.

THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MRS ANSON CHAN, SAID THIS TODAY (TUESDAY) WHEN ADDRESSING A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE ROTARY CLUB OF HONG KONG.

MRS CHAN POINTED OUT THAT THE DECISION IN FAVOUR OF A SECOND TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK FOR CABLE TELEVISION AND NON-FRANCHISED TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES WAS THE LATEST DEVELOPMENT OF A QUIET REVOLUTION IN THE HONG KONG TELECOMMUNICATIONS SCENE WHICH HAD BEEN TAKING PLACE SINCE THE EARLY 1980'S.

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"THE SECOND NETWORK WILL BE AN ALTERNATIVE DATA AND FACSIMILE TRANSMISSION FACILITY. AS SUCH IT WILL GREATLY ENHANCE TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPETITION IN THE VITAL FIELD OF DATA COMMUNICATION, ON WHICH THE BUSINESS WORLD IS INCREASINGLY RELIANT.

"WITH A SECOND NETWORK, THE SUPPLY AND DIVERSITY OF NON-FRANCHISED SERVICES WILL BE INCREASED AND PRICING WILL BE MORE MARKET-ORIENTATED.

"ENHANCED COMPETITION IN DATA SERVICES WILL IN TURN IMPROVE THE COMPETITIVE EDGE OF COMMERCIAL ENTERPRISES OPERATING IN HONG KONG. AND CAN ONLY ADD TO HONG KONG’S ATTRACTIVENESS AS A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL CENTRE," SHE SAID.

TAKING STOCK OF THE ECONOMIC SITUATION. MRS CHAN SAID EVENTS IN TIANANMEN SQUARE HAD BEEN A SOBERING EXPERIENCE FOR US ALL.

"OUR CONFIDENCE HAS TAKEN A VERY SEVERE KNOCK AND IT IS NATURAL AND RIGHT THAT WE SHOULD LOOK TO THE TWO SOVEREIGN POWERS, THAT IS TO THE BRITISH AND CHINESE GOVERNMENTS, TO RESTORE OUR CONFIDENCE AND TO DEMONSTRATE IN MORE TANGIBLE WAYS THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE FUTURE PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG.

"AT THE SAME TIME, I THINK WE CAN TAKE SOME COMFORT FROM THE FACT THAT ON THE WHOLE WE HAVE COME OUT OF THIS CRISIS RATHER BETTER THAN MOST OF US WOULD HAVE EXPECTED," SHE SAID.

HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC FUNDAMENTALS REMAIN STRONG AND ITS PROSPECTS OVER THE LONGER TERM WERE GOOD. MRS CHAN NOTED.

"WE ARE NEARER TO A CONSENSUS ON THE PACE OF OUR POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT THAN WE HAVE EVER BEEN AT ANY TIME IN THE PAST.

"OUR FINANCIAL SYSTEMS ARE ON A SOUNDER FOOTING AND INDEED HELD TOGETHER VERY WELL IN THE IMMEDIATE AFTERMATH OF EVENTS IN CHINA," SHE ADDED.

MUTUALLY BENEFICIAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA WERE CONTINUING IN A VARIETY OF WAYS AND WERE LIKELY TO STRENGTHEN.

SHE POINTED OUT THAT APART FROM SOME TEMPORARY DISRUPTIONS IN THE EARLY PART OF JUNE, HONG KONG’S TRADE WITH CHINA, INCLUDING OUTWARD PROCESSING TRADE, FULLY RESUMED BY THE LATTER PART OF THE MONTH.

"IN THE FIRST HALF OF THIS YEAR. HONG KONG’S TOTAL TRADE WITH CHINA WAS VALUED AT $192.8 BILLION, AN INCREASE OF 31 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988.

"TRADE IN JUNE AND JULY THIS YEAR AMOUNTED TO $60 BILLION. AN INCREASE OF 23 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE SAME MONTHS LAST YEAR." SHE SAID.

/MRS CHAN .......

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 1989

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MRS CHAN SAID THAT AMONG ALL PROVINCES IN CHINA, GUANGDONG AND ITS SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONES HAD THE CLOSEST ECONOMIC RELATIONS WITH HONG KONG.

"OFFICIALS THERE HAVE REPEATEDLY EMPHASISED THAT BUSINESS CONTACTS AND PRODUCTION ACTIVITIES ARE CARRYING ON AS USUAL, AND THAT GUANGDONG WILL REMAIN AT THE FOREFRONT OF THE OPEN DOOR POLICY.

"WE HAVE SEEN NO EVIDENCE SO FAR TO THE CONTRARY," SHE SAID.

SPEAKING OF THE LONGER TERM, MRS CHAN SAID CHINA WAS LIKELY TO CONCENTRATE ON AGRICULTURAL AND INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT, WHILE HONG KONG WOULD INCREASE ITS SPECIALISATION AS A REGIONAL TRADING AND SERVICE CENTRE. BUT WITH MANUFACTURING REMAINING AS A MAJOR SECTOR OF ECONOMIC ACTIVITY.

"AS A FREE AND OPEN ECONOMY AND WITH OUR STRATEGIC POSITION IN THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION. WE ARE WELL POISED TO EXPLOIT TO THE FULL THE BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES THAT WJLL ARISE FROM CONTINUED GROWTH IN THIS REGION." SHE SAID.

"HONG KONG’S SURVIVAL DEPENDS ON OUR ABILITY TO GENERATE WEALTH, NOT ONLY FOR OURSELVES BUT ALSO FOR CHINA. IN THIS LIES OUR BEST GUARANTEE FOR THE FUTURE."

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PUBLIC URGED TO COMMENT ON DRAFT WASTE DISPOSAL PLAN

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MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE URGED TO FORWARD THEIR COMMENTS ON THE DRAFT WASTE DISPOSAL PLAN AS THE CONSULTATION PERIOD WILL END ON SEPTEMBER 18.

THE DRAFT WASTE DISPOSAL PLAN IS A STATUTORY DOCUMENT WHICH DESCRIBES PROPOSED AND FUTURE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE DISPOSAL OF SOLID AND SEMI-SOLID WASTES.

THESE INCLUDE HOUSEHOLD. CONSTRUCTION, COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL WASTES, CHEMICAL WASTES AND SEWAGE SLUDGES.

"THE DRAFT PLAN PROPOSES A PROGRAMME WHICH WILL ENSURE HONG KONG HAS THE CAPABILITY, WELL INTO THE NEXT CENTURY, OF DISPOSING OF ALL ITS WASTES," A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED TODAY (TUESDAY).

"IT INCLUDES THE DEVELOPMENT OF LANDFILLS, REFUSE TRANSFER STATIONS, CHEMICAL WASTE TREATMENT AND LIVESTOCK WASTE DISPOSAL," HE ADDED.

COPIES OF THE DRAFT PLAN, WHICH WAS PUBLISHED ON AUGUST 4, ARE STILL AVAILABLE FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT AND DISTRICT OFFICES.

ANYBODY WHO WISHES TO COMMENT ON THE DRAFT PLAN SHOULD ENSURE THAT THEIR COMMENTS REACH THE SECRETARY FOR PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS (FORMERLY SECRETARY FOR LANDS AND WORKS) BY SEPTEMBER 18.

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HALF-YEAR ANALYSIS OF HK’S RE-EXPORT TRADE

HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS AMOUNTED TO $161,096 MILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989. A GROWTH OF 37 PER CENT IN VALUE AS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR. ACCORDING TO THE SUMMARY STATISTICS ON HONG KONG’S RE-EXPORTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 ANALYSED BY MARKET AND BY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN RELEASED TODAY (TUESDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

RE-EXPORTS BY MARKET

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

CHINA AND THE USA, THE TWO LARGEST MARKETS FOR HONG KONG’S REEXPORTS. ACCOUNTED FOR 33 PER CENT AND 18 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OF THE TOTAL VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989. THE SHARES OF JAPAN. TAIWAN AND THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA WERE 6 PER CENT. 5 PER CENT AND 4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

COMPARING THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 WITH THE SAME PERIOD OF 1988, THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS TO ALL MAJOR MARKETS INCREASED. WITH THE MORE SIGNIFICANT INCREASES RECORDED IN THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (+63 PER CENT). ITALY (+56 PER CENT). THE UNITED KINGDOM (+50 PER CENT), AUSTRALIA (+50 PER CENT), THE USA (+45 PER CENT) AND JAPAN (+40 PER CENT).

RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA, SINGAPORE, TAIWAN AND THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA ALSO INCREASED, BY 35 PER CENT, 28 PER CENT. 25 PER CENT AND 19 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

RE-EXPORTS TO CHINA. THE LARGEST MARKET. INCREASED BY $13,512 MILLION OR 35 PER CENT IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 AS COMPARED WITH THE FIRST HALF OF 1988.

ANALYSED BY COMMODITY. SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN TEXTILES (BY $2,633 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT); ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $1,500 MILLION OR 45 PER CENT): AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $1,211 MILLION OR 52 PER CENT).

HOWEVER. DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS. AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $352 MILLION OR 9 PER CENT) AND CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS (BY $174 MILLION OR 36 PER CENT).

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RE-EXPORTS TO THE USA. THE SECOND LARGEST MARKET FOR HONG KON:. S RE-EXPORTS. INCREASED BY $9,295 MILLION OR 45 PER CENT. COMMODITIES WITH SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES. INCLUDING MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES. TOYS. GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS (BY $2,218 MILLION OR 46 PER CENT); CLOTHING (BY $1,548 MILLION OR 38 PER CENT): AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $1,523 MILLION OR 104 PER CENT).

HOWEVER. DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN FISH, CRUSTACEANS AND MOLLUSCS. AND PREPARATIONS THEREOF (BY $111 MILLION OR 20 PER CENT): AND TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT OTHER THAN ROAD VEHICLES (BY $38 MILLION OR 46 PER CENT).

RE-EXPORTS TO JAPAN INCREASED BY $2,927 MILLION OR 40 PER CENT. ANALYSED BY COMMODITY. SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY $1,097 MILLION OR 102 PER CENT) AND PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS. EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES AND OPTICAL GOODS. AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $310 MILLION OR 75 PER CENT). A DECREASE WAS RECORDED IN NON-FERROUS METALS (BY $100 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT).

RE-EXPORTS TO TAIWAN RECORDED AN INCREASE OF $1,643 MILLION OR 25 PER CENT. SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR ELECTRICAL MACHINERY. APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $400 MILLION OR 18 PER CENT): AND TOBACCO AND TOBACCO MANUFACTURES (BY $333 MILLION OR 191 PER CENT). HOWEVER. A DECREASE WAS RECORDED IN NON-FERROUS METALS (BY $65 MILLION OR 20 PER CENT).

RE-EXPORTS TO THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA GREW BY $1,074 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT. SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN TEXTILES (BY $648 MILLION OR 44 PER CENT): AND TEXTILE FIBRES (OTHER THAN WOOL TOPS) AND THEIR WASTES (BY $144 MILLION OR 28 PER CENT). A DECREASE WAS REGISTERED FOR NON-FERROUS METALS (BY $319 MILLION OR 64 PER CENT).

RE-EXPORTS BY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN

RE-EXPORTS FROM 10 MAJOR COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN ARE GIVEN IN TABLE 2.

GOODS FROM CHINA, JAPAN. TAIWAN. THE USA AND THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA CONTRIBUTED 51 PER CENT. 13 PER CENT. 8 PER CENT. 7 PER CENT AND 4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY TO THE TOTAL VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS THROUGH HONG KONG IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989.

COMPARING THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 WITH THE FIRST HALF OF 1988, ALL THE MAJOR ORIGIN COUNTRIES SUPPLIED MORE IN VALUE TERMS TO HONG KONG FOR RE-EXPORTS. PARTICULARLY SINGAPORE (+69 PER CENT). TAIWAN (+54 PER CENT). CHINA (+50 PER CENT). FRANCE (+47 PER CENT) AND THE USA (+31 PER CENT).

RE-EXPORTS ORIGINATING IN JAPAN. THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY ALSO INCREASED, BOTH BY 29 PER CENT.

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CHINA CONTINUED TO BE THE LARGEST SOURCE OF HONG KONG'S REEXPORTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989. A GROWTH OF 50 PER CENT IN VALUE OR $27,162 MILLION OVER THE FIRST HALF OF 1988 WAS RECORDED IN THE REEXPORTS ORIGINATING IN CHINA.

ANALYSED BY COMMODITY. SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES. INCLUDING MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES. TOYS. GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS (BY $5,206 MILLION OR 59 PER CENT): CLOTHING (BY $5,032 MILLION OR 50 PER CENT): AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT I BY $3,402 MILLION OR 94 PER CENT).

HOWEVER. DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN NON-FERROUS METALS (BY $570 MILLION OR 40 PER CENT): AND RAW HIDES, SKINS AND FURSKINS (BY $89 MILLION OR 27 PER CENT).

JAPAN REMAINED THE SECOND LARGEST SOURCE OF HONG KONG’S REEXPORTS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989. COMPARED WITH THE FIRST HALF OF 1988. THERE WAS AN INCREASE OF $4,578 MILLION OR 29 PER CENT IN THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS ORIGINATING IN JAPAN.

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR ELECTRICAL MACHINERY. APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $937 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT): TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $692 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT): AND PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS. EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES AND OPTICAL GOODS. AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $429 MILLION OR 20 PER CENT).

DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN MEDICINAL AND PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS (BY $20 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT): AND TEXTILE FIBRES (OTHER THAN WOOL TOPS) AND THEIR WASTES (BY $13 MILLION OR 19 PER CENT).

RE-EXPORTS ORIGINATING IN TAIWAN INCREASED BY $4,690 MILLION OR 54 PER CENT IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989. PARTICULARLY THOSE OF TEXTILES (BY $896 MILLION OR 29 PER CENT): AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY. APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $768 MILLION OR 73 PER CENT). HOWEVER. A DECREASE WAS RECORDED IN MISCELLANEOUS EDIBLE PRODUCTS AND PREPARATIONS (BY $22 MILLION OR 46 PER CENT).

RE-EXPORTS ORIGINATING IN THE US,\ INCREASED BY $2,633 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT. COMMODITIES WITH SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE TOBACCO AND TOBACCO MANUFACTURES (BY $769 MILLION OR 99 PER CENT): AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY. APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $516 MILLION OR 28 PER CENT). HOWEVER. A DECREASE WAS RECORDED IN ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS. AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $422 MILLION OR 37 PER CENT).

RE-EXPORTS ORIGINATING IN THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA INCREASED BY $781 MILLION OR 14 PER CENT. PARTICULARLY THOSE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $292 MILLION OR 92 PER CENT): AND TEXTILES (BY $91 MILLION OR 5 PER CENT). HOWEVER. A DECREASE WAS RECORDED IN MEDICINAL AND PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCTS (BY $51 MILLION OR 67 PER CENT).

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FURTHER DETAILS REGARDING THE ABOVE RE-EXPORT STATISTICS ARE PUBLISHED IN THE "HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE. JUNE 1989" NOW AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE. GROUND FLOOR. GPO BUILDING. CONNAUGHT PLACE. CENTRAL AT $17.50 PER COPY.

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

TABLE 1: RE-EXPORTS BY 10 MAJOR MARKETS

MAJOR MARKET JAN-JUN 1989 (HKD MN) JAN-JUN 1988 (HKD MN) INCREASE (HKD MN) PERCENTAGE INCREASE ( % )

CHINA 52.556 39.044 ♦ 13.512 4 3 5

USA 29.787 20,492 + 9.295 4 45

JAPAN 10,221 7.294 + 2.927 4 40

TAIWAN 8.159 6.516 4 1.643 + 25

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 6.760 5,686 4 1.074 4 19

F.R. OF GERMANY 5.723 3,509 4 2,214 4 63

SINGAPORE 5.029 3.930 1.098 ♦ 28

UK 3.891 2,586 1.305 4 50

AUSTRALIA 2.563 1.712 + 852 + 50

ITALY 2,340 1.496 4 845 4 56

TABLE 2: RE-EXPORTS BY 10 MAJOR COUNTRIES OF ORIGIN PERCENTAGE INCREASE ( % )

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN JAN-JUN 1989 (HKD MN) JAN-JUN 1988 (HKD MN) INCREASE (HKD MN)

CHINA 81.989 54.826 4 27.162 4 50

JAPAN 20.322 15.744 4 4.578 4 29

TAIWAN 13.413 8.723 4 4.690 4 54

USA 11,069 8.436 4 2.633 4 31

REPUBLIC Of ’ KOREA 6.187 5.406 4 781 4 14

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F.R. OF GERMANY 2.443 1,893 + 549 29

SINGAPORE 1.949 1.153 + 796 + 69

FRANCE 1.914 1,306 + 608 + 47

SWITZERLAND 1.901 1.533 + 368 + 24

UK 1.812 1.538 4 274 + 18

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT SHA TIN, * * * t t

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, (WEDNESDAY) TO SEE PRIVATE AND PUBLIC DISTRICT.

HEUNG YEE KUK

WILL VISIT SHA TIN TOMORROW HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS IN THE

SIR DAVID WILL VISIT CITY ONE SHATIN, A PRIVATE HOUSING ESTATE, BEFORE TOURING HENG ON ESTATE, A PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE IN MA ON SHAN. W BOTH ESTATES HE WILL SEE THE FACILITIES AND VISIT A FAMILY.

SIR DAVID WILL THEN ATTEND ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE AND MEET COMMUNITY LEADERS.

A TEA RECEPTION AT THE HENG ON DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND LOCAL

TIN, MEET

EARLIER IN THE AFTERNOON, THE GOVERNOR, BEFORE GOING WILL PAY A VISIT TO THE HEUNG YEE KUK OFFICE IN KOWLOON KUK MEMBERS AND SEE AN EXHIBITION OF KUK PHOTOGRAPHS.

TO TONG

SHA TO

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE GOVERNOR’S VIS!IT TO ”BUNG KUK AND SHA TIN TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY). SIR DAVID WILL ARRIVE AT THE HEUNG YEE KUK, 47 CUMBERLAND ROAD, KOWLOON, AT 2.30 PM.

THE GOVERNOR’S FIRST STOP IN SHA TIN WILL BE BLOCK 36, CITY ONE SHATIN, AND HE WILL ARRIVE AT AROUND 3.15 PM.

GOVERNMENT VEHICLES TAKING MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER VISIT WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER IN TSIM SHA TSUI AT 1.45 PM.

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FISHERMEN URGED TO KEEP WATCH OVER CHILDREN ON BOATS ♦ *»**♦*♦

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MARINE DEPARTMENT HAS APPEALED TO FISHERMEN TO KEEP A CLOSE WATCH OVER THEIR CHILDREN AT ALL TIMES WHILE ON BOARD THEIR VESSELS.

LAST YEAR NINE CHILDREN UNDER THE AGE OF NINE WERE DROWNED AFTER FALLING OVERBOARD FROM THEIR VESSELS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID:

"THESE ACCIDENTS HAPPENED DUE TO AN APPARENT LACK OF PARENTAL CARE OR SUPERVISION OF THE CHILDREN COUPLED WITH AN ABSENCE OF PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES TAKEN AGAINST FALLING OVERBOARD.

"THE PARENTS CONCERNED SHOULD NOTE THAT THEIR CHILDREN FACE GREAT RISK AT SEA AND CLOSE ATTENTION SHOULD BE PAID TO THEM IN ORDER TO GUARD AGAINST FALLING OVERBOARD."

THERE ARE CURRENTLY ABOUT 5,000 FISHING VESSELS WHICH ALSO DOUBLE AS HOME FOR FISHERMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES.

IN ORDER TO REDUCE THE RISK AND PREVENT THE RECURRENCE OF SUCH TRAGEDIES, SOME GUIDELINES ARE RECOMMENDED:-

♦ FISHER PARENTS SHOULD ENSURE THAT THEIR YOUNG CHILDREN DO NOT PLAY OR GO NEAR AREAS OF A VESSEL WHERE THEY MAY EASILY FALL OVERBOARD.

* PARENTS SHOULD RESTRICT THE MOVEMENT OF THEIR CHILDREN TO WITHIN SIGHT OF AN ADULT, FOR EXAMPLE, INSIDE THE STEERING CABIN, IF OTHER PEOPLE ARE ENGAGED IN WORK.

» THAT WHILST TYING YOUNG CHILDREN TO FIXTURES OF A FISHING BOAT, WHICH IS COMMON PRACTICE AMONG FISHERMAN FAMILIES, IS EFFICIENT IN RESTRICTING THE CHILDREN’S MOVEMENT, IT IS TO BE BORNE IN MIND THAT IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY, THERE MAY NOT BE SUFFICIENT TIME TO RELEASE THEM.

» CHILDREN SHOULD WEAR LIFE-JACKETS WHILE ON BOARD VESSELS. THE DEVICE CAN SUPPORT A CHILD IN THE WATER SHOULD HE FALL OVERBOARD AND WOULD GREATLY ASSIST IN A SUCCESSFUL RESCUE. MOREOVER, THE CONSPICUOUS COLOURS OF A LIFE-JACKET MAKE THE JOB OF LOCATING THE CHILD IN DANGER MUCH FASTER. AND EASIER.

* TO TRY TO LEAVE THE CHILDREN ON SHORE WHENEVER POSSIBLE, IN THE CARE OF A NURSERY OR A CHILD-CARE CENTRE OR WITH

RELATIVES.

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NEW SCHOOL FOR SHEK WU HUI

*****

TFNDFRS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A STANDARD SECONDARY SCHOOL IN SHEK WU HUI, SHEUNG SHUI.

THE BUILDING SITE, IS LOCATED AT AREA 28A.

WITH AN AREA OF ABOUT 6,645

SQUARE METRES,

TEACHING

BLOCK

HOUSE

TO ACCOMMODATE

FACILITIES FOR

THE SCHOOL WILL COMPRISE A MAIN

26 CLASSROOMS, A BLOCK OF SPECIAL ROOMS TO .qqPMRIV HAIL

SCIENCE AND TECHNICAL SUBJECTS, A COVERED PLAY AREA, AN ASSEMBLY HALL, A BASKETBALL COURT AND PLANTING AREAS.

CONSTRUCTION WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN EARLY DECEMBER AND TAKE 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 29.

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YUEN LONG DB TO DISCUSS TRANSPORT GREEN PAPER

*****

THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE GREEN TRANSPORT POLICY IN HONG KONG AT ITS MEETING O (SEPTEMBER 7).

PAPER ON

THURSDAY

A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE TRANSPORT BRANCH WILL EXPLAIN THE CONSULTATIVE DOCUMENT AND COLLECT MEMBERS' VIEWS.

MEANWHILE, A PLANNING. ENVIRONMENT AND REPRESENTATIVE WILL CONSULT THE BOARD ON I HE DRAFT PLAN FOR HONG KONG.

LANDS BRANCH

WASTE DISPOSAL

TWO MEMBERS WILL ASK WHAT MEASURES TACKLE THE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE PROBLEM TO INCREASE THE INTAKE OF VBP AT THE SHEK

THE GOVERNMENT WILL TAKE TO AND WHETHER THERE ARE PLANS KONG DETENTION CENTRE.

A QUESTION CONCERNING THE LAYOUT PLAN FOR KAM TIN WILL ALSO BE RAISED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU TO BE HELD FLOOR, TAI LONG.

ARE INVITED TO COVER THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 7) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM. 13TH KIU GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM.

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TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA

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THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE DRAFT 1990-91 PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME AT ITS MEETING ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 7).

HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT REPRESENTATIVES WILL UPDATE MEMBERS ON THE PROGRESS OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR STAGE III PROJECT CONNECTING SHAU KEI WAN WITH CHAI WAN.

AT THE MEETING. MEMBERS WILL ALSO EXPRESS CONCERN OVER THE PROGRESS OF THE PROPOSED LAU SIN STREET FLYOVER PROJECT.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA ARE TRAFFIC PROBLEMS ON KORNHILL ROAD. A PROPOSAL TO ENLARGE THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY’S TAIKOO STATION, AND THE GREEN MINIBUS SERVICE IN CHAI WAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 7) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE. FIRST FLOOR, 880-886 KING’S ROAD.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA

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THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING AND SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD AT ITS MEETING ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 7).

ALSO, REPRESENTATIVES OF THE HONGKONG ELECTRIC HOLDINGS LIMITED WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE DETAILS OF AN ELECTRIC LIGHT SHOW.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING AND SERVICES COMMITTEE ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 7) IN ROOM 1416, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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FIRE DESTROYS MAIL IN POST BOX * t t * *

THE POST OFFICE HAS ANNOUNCED THAT AS A RESULT OF A FIRE WHICH OCCURRED IN THE POSTING BOX LOCATED AT THE TZE WAN SHAN POST OFFICE AT 10.30 PM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 1). ALL MAIL ITEMS DEPOSITED IN THE BOX BETWEEN 5 PM AND 10.30 PM THAT DAY WERE DESTROYED.

THE POLICE ARE INVESTIGATING THE CAUSE OF THE FIRE.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WISHING TO MAKE ENQUIRIES MAY CONTACT MR S.L. CHEUNG. CONTROLLER OF POSTS (KOWLOON), ON TEL. 3-661135.

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AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ANOTHER AUCTION OF SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 9) AT THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL. THE AUCTION WILL BEGIN AT 10 AM.

A TOTAL OF 60 SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS WIL BE AVAILABLE FOR BIDDING.

THEY ARE :

(I) FROM 10 AM TO 10.45 AM

EC8863 EC1448 ED6023 AK872 BB8428

EC240 AC325 ED1312 AC1130 ED246

EC6357 AX9285 EC216 EC812 EC8642

EC324 CK557 EC2005 EC5160 EE1392

EC9692 EC803 EC506 EE5251 AR4228

BB2248 EC715 EC3177 AL1786 EC3887

(II) FROM 11 AM TO 11.45 AM

EC6188 EE564 EC521 EC1004 AC944

AC3251 ED8768 ED1127 EC3733 EC4376

EE426 EC8161 EC680 ED127 BR4428

EB9608 AW156 AA596 EC3298 CY1219

ED2468 EC802 EC7111 AS7262 CA5888

EC8290 AK8722 ED5251 EC8186 EC3002

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS MUST PAY BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING.

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A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN REMINDED BIDDERS THAT THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBER WOULD BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO A VEHICLE REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE AUCTION.

THE CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION MUST BE PRODUCED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE AUCTION IF THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION MARK IS TO BE REGISTERED UNDER THE NAME OF A BODY CORPORATE.

PROCEEDS OF THE AUCTION WILL AS USUAL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND.

THE COMING AUCTION WILL BE THE 141ST ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF BASIC LAW ................... 1 GOVERNOR VISITS HEUNG YEE KUK AND SHA TIN.................... 2 FS VISITS FACTORIES IN TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE ............. 3 DB TO DISCUSS LEGCO COMPOSITION ............................. 5 KWAI TSING DB TO DISCUSS PUBLIC HOUSING ISSUES .............. 5 SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ............. 6

ABANDONED SIGNBOARDS ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ................. 6 TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ................. 7 'HOME SWEET HOME' PHOTO CONTEST IN TUEN MUN ................. > 8 S9 MILLION CONTRACT TO BUILD RESCUE VESSEL .................. 8 ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IN TSUEN WAN ....................... 9 GOVT LOT AT KOWLOON BAY TO LET BY TENDER..................... 9

ED TO LAUNCH ENGLISH DRAMA PROJECT........................... 10 TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR KING'S ROAD RECONSTRUCTION 11 TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CENTRAL ............................. 1J URBAN CLEARWAYS IN QUARRY BAY AND WESTERN ................... 1J SPEED LIMIT ON TUEN MUN ROAD................................. 14

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1989

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GOVERNOR STRESSES IMPORTANCE OF BASIC LAW ♦ t ♦

THE BASIC LAW IS VERY IMPORTANT TO HONG KONG. IT’S FUTURE AFTER 1997. AND FOR CREATING CONFIDENCE NOW IN THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE FUTURE. THE GOVERNOR. SIR DAVID WILSON. SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER A VISIT TO SHA TIN. SIR DAVID SAID GETTING THE BASIC LAW AS GOOD AS POSSIBLE WAS VERY IMPORTANT AND ALL THE EFFORTS OF THE GOVERNMENT WOULD BE DIRECTED TOWARDS THAT.

’’THE BASIC LAW IS OF COURSE FOR CHINA TO DRAFT. THE OFFICIAL BRITISH INVOLVEMENT OR HONG KONG GOVERNMENT INVOLVEMENT IS ONLY TO ENSURE THAT IT MEETS WHAT’S IN THE JOINT DECLARATION.

"BUT NATURALLY WE TAKE A GREAT INTEREST IN IT BECAUSE IT IS SO IMPORTANT FOR THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG/ THE GOVERNOR SAID.

SIR DAVID ALSO SAID THAT WHILE THERE HAD BEEN PROBLEMS OF CONFIDENCE IN JUNE AND JULY. WE SHOULD CONCENTRATE OUR EFFORTS ON PICKING OURSELVES UP OUT OF THE FEELING OF VERY DEEP CONCERN.

"THAT MEANS EFFORTS BY US. HONG KONG GOVERNMENT. HONG KONG PEOPLE. IT MEANS EFFORT BY BRITISH GOVERNMENT. IT MEANS EFFORT BY CHINESE GOVERNMENT.

"IT’S SOMETHING THAT WE ALL SHARE A COMMON INTEREST IN AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE US CO-OPERATING IN TRYING TO ACHIEVE THAT BUILDING UP OF CONFIDENCE." HE ADDED.

ASKED TO COMMENT ON A CALL TO SCRAP THE FIRST ASYLUM POLICY FOR VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE. THE GOVERNOR SAID HE UNDERSTOOD THE SORT OF CONCERNS EXPRESSED ON THE WHOLE PROBLEM.

"IT’S A CONCERN THE GOVERNMENT FEELS VERY STRONGLY INDEED BECAUSE WE HAVE HAD TO DEVOTE IMMENSE RESOURCES TO THIS PROBLEM, BUT I DON’T THINK ONE SHOULD LOOK FOR SIMPLISTIC SOLUTIONS TO IT.

"WE HAVE A PROBLEM TO TACKLE. IT’S A VERY COMPLICATED PROBLEM AND WE’VE GOT TO FIND A WAY TO TACKLE ALL ASPECTS OF IT.

"IT’S BOTH A LOCAL PROBLEM AND IT HAS INTERNATIONAL IMPLICATIONS FOR HONG KONG’S REPUTATION AND IMAGE IN THE WORLD WHICH WE ALSO HAVE TO LOOK TO." THE GOVERNOR SAID.

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GOVERNOR VISITS HEUNG YEE * * * * *

KUK AND SHA TIN

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON. TODAY (WEDNESDAY) PAID A VISIT TO HEUNG YEE KUK AND LISTENED TO SENIOR KUK MEMBERS' VIEWS ON VARIOUS ISSUES AFFECTING THE TERRITORY AND IN PARTICULAR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

LATER IN THE AFTERNOON, HE VISITED SHA TIN WHERE HE SAW PRIVATE AND PUBLIC HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

SIR DAVID WAS ACCOMPANIED ON UIS FIRST VISIT TO THE KUK BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES. MR ADOLF HSU. AND ON HIS VISIT TO SHA TIN, BY MR HSU AND THE SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR VICTOR YUNG.

THE GOVERNOR WAS MET ON ARRIVAL AT THE KUK BY ITS CHAIRMAN, MR LAU WONG-FAT. AND VICE-CHAIRMEN, MR LIU CHING-LEUNG AND MR CHAN TIN-SUNG. HE ALSO MET OTHER KUK MEMBERS.

IN HIS WELCOMING SPEECH. MR LAU EXPRESSED THE KUK’S VIEWS ON A NUMBER OF ISSUES INCLUDING VIETNAMESE REFUGEES AND VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE, THE KUK’S ROLE IN THE GOVERNMENT’S CONSULTATION PROCESS AND ITS REPRESENTATION ON THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND THE RIGHT OF ABODE OF HONG KONG PEOPLE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM.

SIR DAVID SAID THE GOVERNMENT RECOGNISED THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE KUK TO THE NEW TERRITORIES AND VALUED ITS ROLE IN THE CONSULTATIVE MACHINERY. ITS VIEWS WOULD BE FULLY TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT IN THE GOVERNMENT’S DECISION-MAKING PROCESS.

BEFORE LEAVING THE KUK, SIR DAVID SAW AN EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS SHOWING THE HISTORY OF THE KUK AND ITS VARIOUS ACTIVITIES.

LATER IN THE AFTERNOON, AFTER VISITING THE FLEDGLING COMMUNITY IN MA ON SHAN. SHA TIN. THE GOVERNOR SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD SPEND $1.8 BILLION TO PROVIDE LAND. INFRASTRUCTURE AND COMMUNITY FACILITIES FOR A POPULATION OF 200,000 IN MA ON SHAN BY THE MID-1990’S.

SIR DAVID SAID MA ON SHAN WOULD BE A MODERN SELF-CONTAINED TOWNSHIP WITH GOOD COMMUNICATION NETWORKS AND ADEQUATE EDUCATIONAL. MEDICAL, SOCIAL WELFARE AND COMMUNITY BUILDING FACILITIES.

INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENTS IN THE AREA WOULD PROVIDE RESIDENTS WITH EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES, HE ADDED.

NOTING THAT THERE WERE 60,000 PEOPLE NOW LIVING IN THE AREA. THE GOVERNOR SAID HE WAS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT 12 MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES HAD ALREADY BEEN FORMED TO FOSTER A SENSE OF NEIGHBOURLINESS AMONG RESIDENTS.

HE ALSO VISITED A FAMILY AT HENG ON ESTATE.

/EARLIER, SIR .......

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EARLIER, SIR DAVID TOURED CITY ONE WHICH, WITH A POPULATION IN EXCESS OF 40,000. IS THE LARGEST PRIVATE HOUSING ESTATE IN SHA TIN NEW TOWN.

HE WAS BRIEFED BY THE ESTATE MANAGER OF CITY ONE AND THE CITY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN ON THE MANAGEMENT OF THE ESTATE AND EXPRESSED INTEREST IN THE WAYS RESIDENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO TAKE AN ACTIVE PART IN BUILDING MANAGEMENT.

THE GOVERNOR’S VISIT INDICATED THAT THE GOVERNMENT WISHES TO SEE AN IMPROVEMENT IN THE MANAGEMENT IN PRIVATE BUILDINGS AND TO ENCOURAGE RESIDENTS TO TAKE AN ACTIVE PART IN THIS REGARD.

IN THIS CONNECTION. SIR DAVID WAS INFORMED THAT THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON PRIVATE BUILDING MANAGEMENT IS CONDUCTING A REVIEW OF EXISTING DEEDS OF MUTUAL COVENANT AND WOULD SHORTLY BE MAKING RECOMMENDATIONS TO REMOVE SOME OF THE UNSATISFACTORY PROVISIONS THROUGH LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS.

THE GOVERNOR ALSO MET DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND OTHER COMMUNITY LEADERS TO DISCUSS A WIDE RANGE OF ISSUES AFFECTING THE SHA TIN DISTRICT WHICH AT PRESENT HAS A POPULATION OF 510.000.

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FS VISITS FACTORIES IN TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE ♦ t ♦ t t

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR PIERS JACOBS, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) VISITED THE ONLY AIRCRAFT TYRE RETREADING OPERATION IN HONG KONG AND INSPECTED THE PRODUCTION LINE OF THE TERRITORY'S LEADING SUPPLIER OF PHOTOCONDUCTIVE DRUMS.

BOTH ESTABLISHMENTS - THOMPSON AIRCRAFT TIRE COMPANY (ASIA) LIMITED AND THE HONG KONG FUJIDENKI COMPANY LIMITED - ARE LOCATED IN THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE.

AT THOMPSON AIRCRAFT TIRE COMPANY. WHICH IS A JOINT VENTURE OF AMERICAN. JAPANESE AND LOCAL INTERESTS, SIR PIERS SAW THE COMPANY'S ADVANCED PRODUCTION SYSTEM USED TO RETREAD AIRCRAFT TYRES.

1 THE SYSTEM. ACCORDING TO THE COMPANY. SUPPRESSES ANY POLLUTION OF DUST AND ODOUR.

SIR PIERS WAS TOLD THAT THE HIGH LEVEL OF AUTOMATION ALLOWED THE COMPANY TO EMPLOY ONLY A TOTAL STAFF OF 54, WHICH IN 1988. WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR RETREADING 11.000 AIRCRAFT TYRES WORTH S17 MILLION. THE COMPANY ALSO SOLD 3,500 IMPORTED NEW TYRES WORTH $11 MILLION.

THE SUCCESS OF THOMPSON AIRCRAFT’S OPERATION IN HONG KONG IS BUT ONE OF MANY EXAMPLES WHERE THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT PLAYED A CRUCIAL ROLE IN PROVIDING ALL THE VITAL SUPPORT SERVICES TO PROSPECTIVE FOREIGN ENTERPRISES INTERESTED IN SETTING UP PLANTS IN THE TERRITORY.

/THE COMPANY .......

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1989

THE COMPANY FIRST INDICATED TO THE DEPARTMENT IN 1982 THEIR INTENTION TO SET VP A RETREADING PLANT SOMEWHERE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA TO CATER TO THE MARKET IN THE REGION.

THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT PROMPTLY GAVE THEM A DETAILED BRIEFING ON THE LOCAL SITUATION AND INTRODUCED THEM TO HONG KONG AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING COMPANY LTD (HAECO) OFFICIALS TO EXPLORE THE FEASIBILITY OF A JOINT VENTURE.

NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN THOMPSON AND HAECO RESULTED IN THE SETTING UP OF THE JOINT VENTURE.

THERE WERE 13 OTHER TYRE RETREADING BUSINESSES IN HONG KONG, BUT THEY ARE CONFINED TO RETREADING TYRES FOR MOTOR CARS AND TRUCKS.

SIR PIERS LATER VISITED THE HONG KONG FUJIDENKI COMPANY LIMITED, A LEADING SUPPLIER OF SELENIUM PHOTOCONDUCTIVE DRUMS FOR PHOTOCOPIERS.

A FULLY OWNED SUBSIDIARY OF FUJI ELECTRIC COMPANY LIMITED OF JAPAN, THE COMPANY’S PRODUCTION LAST YEAR WAS VALUED AT $70 MILLION.

SIR PIERS WAS SHOWN THE FACTORY’S VACUUM FURNACES, AUTOMATED PRETREATMENT PROCESS LINE AND COMPUTERISED TESTING EQUIPMENT. THE PRODUCTION SYSTEM INCORPORATED SOPHISTICATED MEASURES TO ENSURE NO ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION.

THIS SUPPLY OF PHOTOCONDUCTIVE DRUMS ENABLES THE MANUFACTURE OF COMPLETE PHOTOCOPIERS IN THE TERRITORY. THE JAPANESE COMPANY’S PLAN TO DIVERSIFY INTO THE PRODUCTION OF ORGANIC PHOTOCONDUCTOR (OPC) IS EXPECTED TO FURTHER ENHANCE HONG KONG’S CAPABILITY IN THE MANUFACTURE OF A WIDER RANGE OF COPYING MACHINES.

SIR PIERS NOTED IT WAS ALSO THE JAPANESE COMPANIES WHO IN THE LATE 1950’S STARTED THE ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG BY SUPPLYING SIMPLE ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS FOR A SMALL NUMBER OF FACTORIES ASSEMBLING SIMPLE TRANSISTOR RADIOS.

THEIR PRODUCTION CONSTITUTED ONLY AN INSIGNIFICANT PART OF THE ECONOMY AT THE TIME. BY 1988. THERE WERE NEARLY 2,000 ESTABLISHMENTS ENGAGING ABOUT 110,000 PERSONS IN THE INDUSTRY.

SIR PIERS WAS ACCOMPANIED BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR JOHN CHAN, AND THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY. MR T.H. BARMA. TODAY’S VISIT WAS PART OF HIS PROGRAMME OF REGULAR VISITS TO FACTORIES.

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DB TO DISCUSS LEGCO COMPOSITION *****

THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE FUTURE COMPOSITION OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY), THE MEETING WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE MONG KOK DISTRICT WORKS PROGRAMME (1989 EDITION) WHICH DETAILS THE GOVERNMENT’S PROJECTED ENGINEERING AND BUILDING WORKS ITEMS FOR THE NEXT FIVE YEARS IN THE DISTRICT.

MEMBERS ARE EXPECTED TO ENDORSE THE ALLOCATION OF 4600.000 IN DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS TO SPONSOR THE 1989-90 MONG KOK FESTIVAL, AND THE CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR LIGHTING PROGRAMME.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICE, FIRST FLOOR, 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, KOWLOON.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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KWAI TSING DB TO DISCUSS PUBLIC HOUSING ISSUES

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THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS A WIDE RANGE OF ISSUES CONCERNING PUBLIC HOUSING AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THESE INCLUDE PROBLEMS OF TEMPORARY HOUSING AREAS AGED OVER SEVEN YEARS, MANAGEMENT OF PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATES BY THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT AND PLANNING OF PUBLIC HOUSING AND HOME OWNERSHIP FLATS IN THE DISTRICT OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE AIR POLLUTION PROBLEM IN KWAI CHUNG, ABOLITION OF THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY PEAK CONGESTION FARE AND TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD MEETING WHICH WILL BE BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM, 10TH FLOOR, KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, HING FONG ROAD, KWAI CHUNG.

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SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA

MEMBERS OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S RECREATION AND CULTURE COMMITTEE WILL EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE HONG KONG SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD AT THE COMMITTEE’S MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE RECREATION AND CULTURE BRANCH. MR DAVID MAK. WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE BOARD WHICH WILL BE FORMED IN APRIL NEXT YEAR TO PROMOTE AND DEVELOP SPORTS AND RECREATION IN HONG KONG.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS TO ORGANISE RECREATIONAL AND SPORT ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE USAGE PATTERN OF MAJOR RECREATIONAL FACILITIES. THE REGIONAL COUNCIL’S ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER. AND A REPORT FROM THE NORTH DISTRICT ARTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING BOARD’S RECREATION AND CULTURE COMMITTEE (THURSDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE JOCKEY CLUB ROAD. FANLING.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

OF THE NORTH DISTRICT

TO BE HELD TOMORROW NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE,

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ABANDONED SIGNBOARDS ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA

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THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE PROBLEM OF ABANDONED SIGNBOARDS IN THE NAM CHEONG AREA AT ITS MEETING ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 8).

ACCORDING TO A REPORT SUBMITTED BY A LOCAL ORGANISATION, THERE IS A TOTAL OF 114 ABANDONED SIGNBOARDS IN THE AREA, SOME OF WHICH MIGHT ENDANGER THE PUBLIC.

AT THE MEETING, MEMBERS WILL DISCUSS WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE’S DANGEROUS SIGNS UNIT WAYS OF IMPROVING THE SITUATION.

MEANWHILE, REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT WILL EXPLAIN TO THE COMMITTEE THE INCREASE IN MANAGEMENT FEE FOR PO LAI COURT.

/OTHER ITEMS .......

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER T989

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE THE IMPROVEMENT OF LIGHTING FACILITIES AT SHUN NING ROAD REST GARDEN AND THE ACCESS PROBLEM OF FAT TSEUNG STREET TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA.

IN ADDITION, MEMBERS WILL ENQUIRE ABOUT THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FORTUNE STREET TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA.

THEY WILL ALSO BE ASKED TO ENDORSE SEVEN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS AND "KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN" ACTIVITIES WHICH WILL COST MORE THAN $150,000 IN DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD'S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 8) AT THE SHEK KIP MEI COMMUNITY HALL, BLOCK 42, SHEK KIP MEI ESTATE, NAM CHEONG STREET.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ******

THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR LEI YUE MUN ROAD UPON THE OPENING OF THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING AT THE COMMITTEE S MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO TABLE THE DRAFT 1990-91 PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR KWUN TONG AND THE 1988 ACTION REVIEW ON PEDESTRIAN PROBLEM SPOTS IN THE DISTRICT FOR MEMBERS’ COMMENTS.

ANOTHER AGENDA ITEM IS THE PROGRESS REPORT ON TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT PROJECTS IN THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD'S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, TUNG YAN STREET.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 1989

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’HOME SWEET HOME’ PHOTO CONTEST IN TUEN MUN * * * » ♦

THE TUEN MUN FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE IS HOLDING A PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION TO ENHANCE COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND RESIDENTS’ SENSE OF BELONGING.

WITH THE THEME "HOME SWEET HOME". THE COMPETITION IS AIMED AT AROUSING RESIDENTS’ INTEREST IN PHOTOGRAPHY AND THEIR AWARENESS OF DEVELOPMENTS IN THE NEW TOWN.

THE ENTRIES MUST BE COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHS OF COMMUNITY FACILITIES, BUILDINGS, PLACES OF HISTORIC INTEREST AND SCENIC BEAUTY IN TUEN MUN, OR LIFE IN THE DISTRICT.

THE CONTEST IS DIVIDED INTO OPEN DIVISION AND STUDENT DIVISION. WINNERS WILL BE AWARDED PRIZES AND THEIR WORKS WILL BE DISPLAYED AT VARIOUS VENUES IN THE DISTRICT IN OCTOBER.

THOSE WHO ARE INTERESTED CAN OBTAIN ENTRY FORMS FROM THE YAN 01 TONG COMMUNITY AND INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE AT YAN CHING CIRCUIT, TUEN MUN.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING ENTRIES IS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15.

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$9 MILLION CONTRACT TO BUILD RESCUE VESSEL ♦ ♦ » ♦ t

THE MARINE DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) SIGNED A $9 MILLION CONTRACT WITH A LOCAL SHIPBUILDING COMPANY FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A RESCUE VESSEL FOR USE AT HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

THE VESSEL IS TO PROVIDE RESCUE SERVICES TO THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT AND SUPPLEMENTED WITH THE FIRE FIGHTING SERVICES.

THE VESSEL - AN ALUMINIUM CATAMARAN OF MORE THAN 22 METRES LONG AND 10 METRES WIDE - WILL HAVE A CREW OF SEVEN.

SHE WILL BE POWERED BY TWO ENGINES EACH OF 550 KILOWATTS AND 2,100 REVOLUTIONS PER MINUTE WITH A SPEED OF 25 KNOTS.

THE RESCUE CAPACITY OF THE VESSEL IS 32 PERSONS ON STRETCHERS, 64 SEATED AND 154 STANDING.

THERE WILL BE EIGHT INFLATABLE LIFE RAFTS ON BOARD, FOUR OF WHICH CAPABLE OF CARRYING 42 PERSONS EACH AND THE REMAINDER 21 PERSONS EACH.

/DELIVERY OF .......

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DELIVERY OF THE VESSEL. TO BE BUILT BY A. FAI ENGINEERS AND SHIPREPAIRERS LIMITED. IS EXPECTED IN JUNE NEXT YEAR.

THE NEW VESSEL WILL REPLACE THE EXISTING ONE WHICH WAS BUILT IN JAPAN 15 YEARS AGO.

THE RESCUE VESSEL WILL BE MANNED BY THE FIRE SERVICES DEPARTMENT. THE CONTRACT WAS TODAY SIGNED BETWEEN THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF MARINE (GOVERNMENT FLEET), MR PETER CRISP. AND MANAGING DIRECTOR OF A. FAI ENGINEERS AND SHIPREPAIRERS LTD. MR SETO FAI.

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ROAD IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IN TSUEN WAN *****

ROAD TRAFFIC IN TSUEN WAN DOWNTOWN WILL BE GREATLY IMPROVED IN TWO YEARS WITH THE COMPLETION OF A ROAD PROJECT THERE.

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AWARDED A S73.47 MILLION CONTRACT TO AOKI CORPORATION FOR IMPROVING KWAN MUN HAU STREET BETWEEN YEUNG UK ROAD AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

WORK ON THE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT WILL BEGIN ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 11) AND WILL TAKE 24 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE PROJECT - IMPROVEMENT TO KWAN MUN HAU STREET PHASE 1 -

WILL INCLUDE WIDENING KWAN MUN HAU STREET AND LUEN YAN STREET, BUILDING OF THREE FOOTBRIDGES AT SHING MUN ROAD. CASTLE PEAK ROAD AND YEUNG UK ROAD. AS WELL AS PUTTING DOWN A BOX CULVERT ALONG LUEN YAN STREET AND MA TAU PA ROAD.

PHASE 2 OF THE PROJECT IS TENTATIVELY SCHEDULED TO START IN 1994 AND BE COMPLETED IN 1996.

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GOVT LOT AT KOWLOON BAY TO LET BY TENDER

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THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SHORT TERM TENANCY OF A SITE AT KOWLOON BAY RECLAMATION. KOWLOON.

MEASURING ABOUT 2,860 SQUARE METRES IN AREA. IT IS FOR CONCRETE BATCHING, ASPHALT BATCHING, STORAGE, DISTRIBUTION AND SALE OF NATURAL SAND, AGGREGATE AND CEMENT.

THE TENANCY IS FOR TWO YEARS AND RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

/THE CLOSING

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THE CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 22.

FORM OF TENDER, TENDER NOTICE AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM AND TENDER PLAN INSPECTED AT THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE. KOWLOON EAST, 10TH FLOOR, YAU MA TEI CARPARK BUILDING, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON AND THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR. MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG.

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ED TO LAUNCH ENGLISH DRAMA PROJECT *****

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS TO INTRODUCE A NEW PROJECT IN THE CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR WHICH AIMS AT ENCOURAGING SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO DEVELOP ENGLISH LANGUAGE DRAMA AS A REGULAR EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITY.

THE NEW PROJECT. ENTITLED SCHOOLS ENGLISH DRAMA PROJECT, WILL BE ORGANISED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER AND THE SPONSORSHIP OF THE HONG KONG LANGUAGE CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY) THAT A CASH GRANT OF SI.000 WOULD BE GIVEN TO EACH PARTICIPATING SCHOOL TOWARDS THE COST OF PRODUCING A PLAY IN ENGLISH.

"IN THE EVENT THAT THE PROJECT IS OVERSUBSCRIBED. PREFERENCE WILL BE GIVEN TO SCHOOLS WHICH DO NOT ALREADY OFFER ENGLISH LANGUAGE DRAMA AS AN EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITY. OR HAVE STARTED THIS ACTIVITY ONLY WITHIN THE LAST TWO YEARS." THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

ADVICE AND ASSISTANCE WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE CHUNG YING THEATRE COMPANY TO PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS IN ASPECTS WHICH INCLUDE SCRIPT SELECTION. PRODUCTION OF THE PLAY AND DRAMA WORKSHOPS FOR TEACHERS.

EACH PARTICIPATING SCHOOL WILL BE REQUIRED TO PRODUCE A 30-MINUTE PLAY IN ENGLISH DURING THE CURRENT SCHOOL YEAR.

PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED FOR THE BEST "PRODUCTION DIARY" TO RECORD IN ENGLISH THE EVENTS IN THE COURSE OF PRODUCING THE PLAY. THE BEST PRODUCTION. AND THE BEST COSTUMES/SCENERY.

IN SELECTING THE WINNER OF THE BEST PRODUCTION AWARD, CONSIDERATION WILL BE GIVEN TO ENTHUSIASM, CLARITY IN THE DELIVERY OF LINES. TEAMWORK. AND THE AGE RANGE OF PARTICIPATING STUDENTS.

"THE THREE MOST INTERESTING PLAYS WILL BE SELECTED FOR A GALA PERFORMANCE AT A PRIZE-GIVING CEREMONY IN THE NEW HONG KONG CULTURAL CENTRE ON APRIL 19 NEXT YEAR." THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

A SCHOOL CIRCULAR TO ANNOUNCE THE PROJECT AND TO INVITE APPLICATIONS WAS ISSUED TODAY. APPLICATIONS SHOULD REACH THE ENGLISH SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S ADVISORY INSPECTORATE BY MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 25.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS FOR KING’S ROAD RECONSTRUCTION

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 8), TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN NORTH POINT TO FACILITATE THE RECONSTRUCTION OF KING’S ROAD.

BOAT STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS.

VEHICLES ON GORDON ROAD HEADING FOR KING’S ROAD EASTBOUND BETWEEN BOAT STREET AND POWER STREET WILL HAVE TO USE ELECTRIC ROAD SOUTHBOUND AND WING HING STREET.

THE DOWN RAMP LEADING FROM ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR EASTBOUND TO KING’S ROAD WESTBOUND WILL ALSO BE CLOSED FOR ABOUT 10 MONTHS.

VEHICLES WILL BE DIVERTED TO TRAVEL VIA THE DOWN RAMP LEADING FROM ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR TO TONG SHUI ROAD. JAVA ROAD AND KAM HONG STREET.

IN ADDITION, THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS DURING THE TIME SPECIFIED BELOW:

ROUND-THE-CLOCK FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS:

* KING’S ROAD EASTBOUND FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH OIL STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 80 METRES EAST OF BOAT STREET:

* THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF OIL STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH KING’S ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 10 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION:

* BOAT STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH KING’S ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT FIVE METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION:

* KING’S ROAD EASTBOUND FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH POWER STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION;

* POWER STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH KING'S ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 20 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION;

* KING’S ROAD EASTBOUND FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH TIN CHONG STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 15 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION:

AND

* TIN CHONG STREET BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH KING’S ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 35 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

ROUND-THE-CLOCK FOR ABOUT 10 MONTHS:

* KING’S ROAD EASTBOUND FROM A POINT ABOUT 140 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH TING SHUI ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 100 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

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FROM 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS:

* THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF FORTRESS HILL ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH KING'S ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 35 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION:

* KING'S ROAD WESTBOUND FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH FORTRESS HILL ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 55 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION:

* KING’S ROAD WESTBOUND FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH MING YUEN WESTERN STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION:

* KING’S ROAD WESTBOUND FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH KAM PING STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 15 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION;

* THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF MIND YUEN WESTERN STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH KING’S ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 10 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION; AND

* THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF KAM PING STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH KING’S ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 10 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

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

THE EXISTING STOPPING RESTRICTION FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY ON KING’S ROAD WESTBOUND FROM A POINT ABOUT 55 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH FORTRESS HILL ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 70 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE LIFTED FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS.

MEANWHILE. GOODS VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS OR GOODS ALONG KING’S ROAD WESTBOUND FROM A POINT ABOUT 85 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH FORTRESS HILL ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 110 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION FROM 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY FOR ABOUT SIX MONTHS.

THE EXISTING TRAM LANE ON KING’S ROAD EASTBOUND FROM A POINT ABOUT 140 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH TONG SHUI ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 100 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE LIFTED FOR ABOUT 10 MONTHS.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 8). THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS IN CENTRAL WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY :

THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF WYNDHAM STREET BETWEEN HOUSE NOS. 63 AND 79:

THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF HOLLYWOOD ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH POTTINGER STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 30 METRES TO THE WEST;

THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF HOLLYWOOD ROAD BETWEEN OLD BAILEY STREET AND THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO THE CENTRAL POLICE STATION;

* THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF HOLLYWOOD ROAD FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH LYNDHURST TERRACE TO A POINT ABOUT 35 METRES TO THE EAST;

* THE SOUTHERN KERS IDE LANE OF HOLLYWOOD ROAD BETWEEN SHELLY STREET AND A POINT ABOUT THREE METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH GRAHAM STREET;

t GRAHAM STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH HOLLYWOOD ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 10 METRES TO THE SOUTH:

» LYNDHURST TERRACE FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH HOLLYWOOD ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 27 METRES TO THE EAST.

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

ALSO FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY. VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER GRAHAM STREET BETWEEN HOLLYWOOD ROAD AND STAUNTON STREET.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 8), THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS IN QUARRY BAY WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS ROUND-THE-CLOCK.

* KORNHILL ROAD WESTBOUND FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH HONG ON STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 70 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION:

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* THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF HONG ON STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH KORNHILL ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

MEANWHILE, IN WESTERN DISTRICT, TWO SECTIONS OF WESTERN STREET WILL BE MADE 24-HOUR DAILY URBAN CLEARWAYS FOR ABOUT ONE MONTH TO FACILITATE DRAINAGE WORKS.

THEY ARE:

* THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF WESTERN STREET FROM ITS

JUNCTION WITH CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST TO A POINT ABOUT 20 METRES

SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION: AND

» THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF WESTERN STREET FROM ITS

JUNCTION WITH DES VOEUX ROAD WEST TO A POINT ABOUT 20

METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

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

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 8). TUEN MUN ROAD. FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH CASTLE PEAK ROAD IN TSUEN WAN TO THE NORTHERN ABUTMENT OF THE FLYOVER ACROSS CASTLE PEAK ROAD AT SAM SHING HUI. WILL BE SUBJECT TO A SPEED LIMIT OF 70 KILOMETRES PER HOUR.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

SEPARATE SALARIES TAXATION APPLIES TO ALL: CIR.............. 1

HK’S TRANSPORT PROVIDES CHALLENGES AND OPPORUTNITIES........ 5

NEW ERA FOR HK’S RECREATION, CULTURE AND BROADCASTING....... 7

FOREIGN MINISTER TO VISIT HK................................ 9

CS VISITS TUEN MUN HYDRAULIC LABORATORY..................... 9

SEMINAR ON TRADE IN SERVICES TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH.......... 9

IMPORTANCE OF APPRENTICE TRAINING STRESSED.................. 11

PROCESSING OF URBAN TAXI TENDERS COMPLETED.................. 12

A CAREER WITH THE ROYAL HK AUXILIARY AIR FORCE.............. 15

REGIONAL SECRETARY MEETS LIONS CLUB OFFICIALS .............. 14

NEW DISTRICT OFFICER APPOINTED..............,............... 14

SEMINAR TO LAUNCH NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME................ 15

STAMPS HIGHLIGHT ’BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE’ ................. 16

LABOUR OFFICE ON THE MOVE................................... 17

VEGETABLE GROWING COMPETITION FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN .. 17

CLOSURE OF DRAKE STREET IN CENTRAL.......................... 18

LANE CLOSURE ON PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD...................... 18

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SEPARATE SALARIES TAXATION APPLIES TO ALL: CIR

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SEPARATE SALARIES TAXATION WILL APPLY TO ALL TAXPAYERS INCLUDING PERSONS UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE AND MARRIED WOMEN WHEN THE LEGISLATION COMES INTO OPERATION ON APRIL 1, 1990. THE COMMISSIONER OF INLAND REVENUE, MR ANTHONY AU-YEUNG, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT A LUNCH MEETING OF THE HONG KONG SOCIETY OF ACCOUNTANTS, MR AU-YEUNG SAID EVERY PERSON EARNING AN INCOME CHARGEABLE TO SALARIES TAX WOULD BE INDIVIDUALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL ASPECTS OF HIS OR HER SALARIES TAX AFFAIRS INCLUDING LODGMENT OF THE RETURN, OBJECTING AGAINST THE ASSESSMENT IF NECESSAREY, AND PAYMENT OF THE TAX ASSESSED.

MR AU-YEUNG ALSO REMINDED TAXPAYERS OF THEIR RESPONSIBILITY TO NOTIFY CHARGEABILITY IF THEY HAD NOT RECEIVED A SALARIES TAX RETURN AFTER THE EXPIRATION OF FOUR MONTHS FROM THE END OF THE YEAR OF ASSESSMENT.

THE COMMISSIONER SAID AN ESTIMATED 180,000 MARRIED WOMEN WOULD BECOME TAXPAYERS IN THEIR OWN RIGHT AND TO HELP THE TRANSITION TO SEPARATE TAXATION THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT WOULD, PRIOR TO MARCH 31, 1990, IDENTIFY FROM DEPARTMENTAL RECORDS ALL MARRIED WOMEN KNOWN TO BE DERIVING ASSESSABLE INCOME AND OPEN SALARIES TAX FILES FOR THEM.

THIS WOULD RESULT IN THOSE MARRIED WOMEN RECEIVING 1989/90 SALARIES RETURNS ALONG WITH ALL OTHER TAXPAYERS IN THE ANNUAL BULK ISSUE OF SALARIES TAX RETURNS ON MAY 1. 1990, AND THE RETURN WOULD GENERALLY BE POSTED TO THE TAXPAYER AT HER MARCH 31, 1989 EMPLOYMENT ADDRESS.

"WHILST EVERY EFFORT WILL BE MADE TO IDENTIFY ALL CHARGEABLE MARRIED WOMEN AND ISSUE THEM WITH RETURNS, CONSTRAINTS IMPOSED BY THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE WILL CLEARLY MAKE THIS AN IMPOSSIBLE IDEAL," MR AU-YEUNG SAID.

"AFTER THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SEPARATE TAXATION. EVERY INDIVIDUAL DERIVING ASSESSABLE INCOME WILL LODGE HIS OR HER OWN SALARIES TAX RETURN AND WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE GRANTED A BASIC ALLOWANCE.

"MARRIED TAXPAYERS WHOSE SPOUSE DID NOT DERIVE ANY ASSESSABLE INCOME DURING THE YEAR OF ASSESSMENT WILL BE GRANTED A MARRIED PERSON’S ALLOWANCE," HE ADDED.

THE COMMISSIONER NOTED THAT CASES WOULD OCCUR WHERE, UNDER SEPARATE TAXATION, SOME MARRIED COUPLES MIGHT PAY MORE TAX THAN THEY WOULD HAVE OTHERWISE PAID IF THE AGGREGATION SYSTEM WERE RETAINED.

"THIS SITUATION WILL OCCUR WHEN A MARRIED TAXPAYER HAS AN ENTITLEMENT TO ALLOWANCES THAT EXCEEDS HIS OR HER NET ASSESSABLE INCOME.

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"THAT IS AN 'UNABSORBED ALLOWANCE’, WHILE HIS OR HER SPOUSE WHO HAS ALSO DERIVED ASSESSABLE INCOME CONTINUES TO BE CHARGEABLE TO TAX: OR THE BENEFIT OF SEPARATE TAXATION IS LESS THAN THE TAX BENEFIT DERIVED BY THE MARRIED COUPLE FROM ONE MARRIED PERSON’S ALLOWANCE RATHER THAN TWO BASIC ALLOWANCES. WHICH IS $2,000 LESS IN TOTAL," HE EXPLAINED.

"APART FROM THE QUALIFYING REQUIREMENT FOR ONE SPOUSE TO HAVE AN UNABSORBED ALLOWANCE WHILE HIS OR HER SPOUSE IS CHARGEABLE TO TAX OR THERE BEING A TAX BENEFIT TO THE COUPLE. THE RULES GOVERNING THE JOINT ASSESSMENT PROCEDURE ARE RELATIVELY SIMPLE TO ADMINISTER, OPERATE AND UNDERSTAND." HE ADDED.

TURNING TO THE CONDITION UNDER WHICH CHILD ALLOWANCE WAS GRANTED, MR AU-YEUNG SAID THIS NOW REQUIRED THAT WHERE A HUSBAND AND WIFE COULD BOTH CLAIM THE ALLOWANCE, THEY MUST NOMIATE WHICH OF THEM WOULD CLAIM THEIR FAMILY’S ENTITLEMENT IN A SINGLE SUM.

"BECAUSE CHILD ALLOWANCES ARE TIERED, WITH DIFFERENT CHILDREN WITHIN THE FAMILY ATTRACTING DIFFERENT LEVELS OF ALLOWANCES, IT IS NECESSARY TO PREVENT TWO-INCOME FAMILIES FROM SPLITTING THEIR CHILDREN INTO SUB-UNITS FOR CHILD ALLOWANCE PURPOSES.

"IF THIS WAS NOT THE CASE. THEN IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE FOR THESE FAMILIES TO PLACE THEMSELVES IN A SUPERIOR ALLOWANCE POSITION VIS-A-VIS SINGLE INCOME FAMILIES WITH THE SAME NUMBER OF CHILDREN," HE SAID.

THE COMMISSIONER ALSO POINTED OUT THAT THE DEFINITION OF "CHILD" IN RELATION TO CHILD ALLOWANCE HAD BEEN SIGNIFICANTLY EXPANDED TO INCLUDE NATURAL, ADOPTED AND STEP CHILDREN OF EITHER THE TAXPAYER OR HIS OR HER SPOUSE OR FORMER SPOUSE.

"EX-NUPTIAL CHILDREN ARE NOW ALSO SPECIFICALLY INCLUDED WITHIN THE DEFINITION," HE ADDED.

MR AU-YEUNG SAID THE ELECTION PROVISIONS OF PERSONAL ASSESSMENT HAD BEEN AMENDED TO ALIGN THEM MORE CLOSELY WITH THE SPIRIT OF THE SALARIES TAX LEGISLATION.

"FROM APRIL 1. 1990 ANY RESIDENT PERSON OF 18 YEARS OF AGE AND OVER, INCLUDING MARRIED WOMEN. WILL BE PERMITTED TO ELECT PERSONAL ASSESSMENT AND BE RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS OR HER OWN TAXATION AFFAIRS," HRE SAID.

"HOWEVER, WHERE THE PERSON ELECTING IS MARRIED AND HIS OR HER SPOUSE HAS ALSO DERIVED INCOME CHARGEABLE TO TAX, THEN THAT PERSON CANNOT MAKE AN ELECTION UNLESS THE SPOUSE ALSO ELECTS TO BE PERSONALLY ASSESSED." HE NOTED.

"INCOME OF MARRIED COUPLES WILL CONTINUE TO BE ASSESSED UNDER AGGREGATION, BUT UNLIKE PREVIOUSLY, WHEN SEPARATE ASSESSMENTS WERE OPTIONAL, EACH SPOUSE WILL NOW AUTOMATICALLY RECEIVE A SEPERATE ASSESSMENT FOR HIS OR HER APPORTIONED SHARE OF THE TOTAL TAX PAYABLE," HE SAID.

"AS A CONSEQUENCE OF THE AMENDMENTS TO THE PERSONAL ASSESSMENT LEGISLATION, MARRIED COUPLES WILL NOW BE REQUIRED TO JOINTLY COMPLETE A PERSONAL ASSESSMENT RETURN," MR AU-YEUNG POINTED OUT.

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TURNING TO THE SUBJECT OF TIMELY LODGEMENT OF RETURNS AND THE SANCTIONS APPLIED FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE LODGEMENT REQUIREMENTS. THE COMMISSIONER SAID TAX REPRESENTATIVES WERE GRANTED ANNUAL BLOCK EXTENSIONS FOR THE LODGEMENT OF THEIR CLIENTS' RETURNS.

"EXPERIENCE SHOWS THAT IN GENERAL BOTH REPRESENTATIVES AND THEIR CLIENTS ADHERE TO THE APPROVED EXTENSION ARRANGEMENTS.

"EACH YEAR THERE ARE OF COURSE. A NUMBER OF TAXPAYERS WHO ARE UNABLE. THROUGH CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND THEIR CONTROL, TO LODGE THEIR RETURNS BY THE EXTENDED DUE DATE AND MUTUALLY ACCEPTABLE ALTERNATIVE LODGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS ARE USUALLY AGREED IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES," HE SAID.

"THERE ARE. REGRETFULLY HOWEVER. A SMALL GROUP OF TAXPAYERS WHO FAIL TO COMPLY WITH LODGEMENT REQUIREMENTS. THE REASONS FOR FAILING TO LODGE RETURNS BY THE DUE DATE ARE VARIED, SOME GENUINE BUT THE GREAT MAJORITY. I FEAR. NOT." HE ADDED.

TO DEAL WITH THESE DELINQUENT TAXPAYERS, THE INLAND REVENUE DEPARTMENT HAS A NUMBER OF REMEDIES AVAILABLE TO IT, INCLUDING THE ISSUE OF ESTIMATED ASSESSMENTS; OFFERS TO COMPOUND OFFENCES: PROSECUTION IN THE COURTS: AND IMPOSITION OF PENALTIES UNDER SECTION 82A.

"IN THE GENERALITY OF CASES, THE ESTIMATED ASSESSMENT PROCEDURE HAS PROVED ITSELF TO BE AN EFFECTIVE WEAPON IN COERCING WAYWARD TAXPAYERS TO COMPLY WITH THEIR LODGEMENT OBLIGATIONS," MR AU-YEUNG SAID.

"THIS IS BECAUSE ESTIMATED PROFITS ARE GENERALLY BASED ON THE TAXPAYERS ESTABLISHED PROFIT TRENDS PLUS A MARGIN FOR PROFIT GROWTH FOR THAT YEAR," HE EXPLAINED.

"IN MOST CASES IT HAS BEEN FOUND THAT ESTIMATED ASSESSMENTS AGAINST WHICH OBJECTIONS ARE RECEIVED ADEQUATELY COVER THE ACTUAL ASSESSABLE PROFITS.

"WHERE THE DEFAULT IS A FIRST FAILURE AND THE DULY COMPLETED RETURN IS RECEIVED SOON AFTERWARDS. THE DEPARTMENT GENERALLY TAKES A LENIENT VIEW OF THE MATTER," THE COMMISSIONER SAID.

"FOR THIS CATEGORY OF CASES, A LETTER REMINDING THE DEFAULTER OF HIS OBLIGATIONS IS ISSUED. HOWEVER. SUBSEQUENT FAILURES MAY NOT BE TREATED SO LIGHTLY," HE POINTED OUT.

THE ESTIMATED ASSESSMENT PROCEDURE WOULD NOT APPLY TO NEW TAXPAYERS AS THERE IS NO BASIS TO MAKE A REALISTIC ESTIMATE. NOR TO TAXPAYERS WITH LARGE ACCUMULATED LOSSES BECAUSE ANY REASONABLE PROFIT ESTIMATION WOULD STILL LEAVE THE TAXPAYER IN AN OVERALL LOSS POSITION.

"IN THESE CIRCUMSTANCES IT IS NORMAL PRACTICE TO ISSUE A COMPOUND OFFER REQUIRING THE TAXPAYER TO AGREE TO LODGE THE RETURN WITHIN A SPECIFIED PERIOD OF TIME AND PAY A MONETARY PENALTY.

"IN THE EVENT THAT THE TAXPAYER FAILS TO ACCEPT THE OFFER AND COMPLY WITH HIS ACCEPTANCE, PROSECUTION THROUGH THE COURTS IS INEVITABLE." MR AU-YEUNG SAID.

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THE COMMISSIONER NOTED THAT THERE WOULD ALWAYS BE A HARD CORE OF TAXPAYERS WHO REGULARLY ACCEPT THEIR ESTIMATED ASSESMENTS AND FAIL TO LODGE RETURNS.

"THESE CASES. WHICH I SHALL REFER TO AS 'PERSISTENT DEFAULTER’ CASES. CAUSE GREATER CONCERN BECAUSE THE ASSESSOR IS OFTEN UNABLE TO DETERMINE WHETHER THE FAILURE TO LODGE RETURNS IS MOTIVATED BY SUCCESSIVE UNDER-ESTIMATIONS OF PROFIT, OR BY SOME LESSER FACTOR." HE SAID.

MR AU-YEUNG POINTED OUT THAT THE PRACTICE OF TAXPAYERS FAILING TO LODGE THEIR RETURNS AND SIMPLY PAYING ESTIMATED ASSESSMENTS WHILE THOSE ESTIMATED PROFITS ARE LESS THAN THEIR ACTUAL PROFITS WAS NO DIFFERENT IN PRINCIPLE FROM EVASIO.N PERPRETRATED THROUGH THE LODGEMENT OF FALSE OR INCORRECT RETURNS.

"IN BOTH SITUATIONS IT WOULD SEEM THAT THE INTENT IS TO EVADE PAYMENT OF THE LAWFUL TAX LIABILITY. WHICH WE ALL KNOW IS AN OFFENCE." HE STRESSTED.

"REGRETFULLY SUCH PRACTICES, PARTICULARLY IN THE CASE OF TAXPAYERS WITH LARGE ASSESSABLE PROFITS WHO DO NOT LODGE RETURNS UNTIL THE POINT IS REACHED WHERE SUCCESSIVE ESTIMATED ASSESSMENTS ARE IN EXCESS OF ACTUAL PROFITS. HAVE SHOWN A CONSIDERABLE INCREASE IN RECENT YEARS," MR AU-YEUNG NOTED.

"I DO NOT INTEND TO ALLOW THIS MALPRACTICE TO GROW UNCHECKED AND THE MATTER WILL CONTINUE TO BE PURSUED IN THE COMING YEAR. APPROPRIATE PENALTIES WILL OF COURSE BE IMPOSED." HE ADDED.

THE COMMISSIONER SAID WHILE HE HAD NOT. IN THE MAJORITY OF CASES, IMPOSED PENALTIES AT ANYWHERE NEAR THE MAXIMUM PERMITED BY LAW, THE APPROPRIATE LEVEL OF PENALTIES HAD BEEN CONSIDERED BY THE BOARD OF REVIEW ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS.

"THE BOARD HAS EXPRESSED THE OPINION THAT TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE GRAVITY OF THE CASE, THE LOSS SUFFERED BY THE REVENUE. THE TAXPAYER’S DEGREE OF CO-OPERATION, THE SOPHISTICATION OF THE TAXPAYER AND HIS BUSINESS AND THE ABSENCE OF EVIDENCE THAT THE FAILURE OF THE TAXPAYER WAS PART OF A DELIBERATE SCHEME TO CONCEAL PROFITS, THE APPROPRIATE BENCHMARK FOR PENALTY SHOULD BE 100 PER CENT OF THE TAX THAT WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE BEEN PAYABLE," HE SAID.

"THIS PENALTY MAY BE EITHER INCREASED OR DECREASED FROM THE BENCHMARK TO HAVE REGARD TO CULPABILITY FACTORS." HE ADDED.

MR AU-YEUNG SAID THAT HE EXPECTED ALL TAXPAYERS TO LODGE TIMELY RETURNS DECLARING THEIR TRUE PROFITS, AND WHEREE TAX REPRESENTATIVES WERE CONCERNED HE REALISED THAT IN THE PRESENT TIGHT LABOUR MARKET THERE WERE STAFFING PROBLEMS.

HOWEVER. HE REMINDED TAX REPRESENTATIVES THAT THE STAFF SHORTAGE SITUATION WAS NOT RESTRICTED TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR.

"IN ORDER FOR ME TO MEET MY WORK TARGETS AND BUDGETARY FORECASTING REQUIREMENTS I MUST HAVE ALL RETURNS LODGED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE AGREED PROGRAMME.

"THEREFORE, APART FROM VERY EXCEPTIONAL CASES, EXTENSIONS OF TIME BEYOND THOSE ALREADY AGREED CANNOT BE GRANTED." THE COMMISSIONER SAID.

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HK’S TRANSPORT PROVIDES CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES ******

THE 1990’S WOULD BE AN EXCITING DECADE FOR HONG KONG TRANSPORT PLANNERS AS CONTINUOUS ECONOMIC GROWTH AND RISING AFFLUENCE WOULD GENERATE A HUGE INCREASE IN TRAVEL DEMAND. THE ACTING SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT. MR MAK CHUN-FONG, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

IN A KEYNOTE SPEECH DELIVERED AT THE CONFERENCE OF THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF TRANSPORT, MR MAK SAID MANY INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENTS SUCH AS THOSE CONCERNING FUTURE RECLAMATIONS, PORT AND AIRPORT FACILITIES AND URBAN REDEVELOPMENT WOULD TAKE PLACE IN THIS PERIOD.

AS THE GATEWAY TO CHINA. HONG KONG WOULD ASSUME AN INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT OF THE PEARL RIVER DELTA AND SOUTHERN CHINA.

"THESE DEVELOPMENTS WILL PRESENT CONSIDERABLE CHALLENGES AS WELL AS OPPORTUNITIES," MR MAK SAID.

HE SAID TO COPE WITH THE SIGNIFICANT INCREASE IN THE VEHICLE FLEET AND TRAVEL DEMAND AS PROJECTED BY THE SECOND COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT STUDY, THE GOVERNMENT HAD OUTLINED A TRANSPORT STRATEGY IN THE RECENTLY PUBLISHED GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY.

HE SAID AN EFFICIENT TRANSPORT SYSTEM MUST DEPEND ON THE PROVISION OF ADEQUATE INFRASTRUCTURE.

THE GOVERNMENT WAS CURRENTLY SPENDING ABOUT SI.5 BILLION PER YEAR, OR SOME 25 PER CENT OF THE PUBLIC WORKS BUDGET, ON BUILDING NEW ROADS.

THE ROAD AND RAIL PROJECTS FOR THE NEXT DECADE OUTLINED IN THE GREEN PAPER WOULD COST ABOUT S29 BILLION.

AMONG THESE PROJECTS, CONSTRUCTION OF ROUTE 3 WOULD BEGIN IN THE NEXT TWO OR THREE YEARS, PROVIDING AN EXPRESSWAY LINKING THE BORDER AND THE FAST DEVELOPING NORTHWESTERN NEW TERRITORIES TO THE EVER EXPANDING CONTAINER TERMINALS.

MR MAK SAID THERE WAS A GOOD CHANCE THAT THE PROJECT WOULD OFFER CONSIDERABLE POTENTIAL FOR PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION.

BUT, BUILDING MORE ROADS AND RAILWAYS SHOULD ONLY BE ONE OF THE MEASURES IN THE OVERALL TRANSPORT STRATEGY, HE ADDED.

MR MAK EMPHASISED THAT OTHER IMPORTANT MEASURES INCLUDED LAND USE PLANNING WHICH MUST GO HAND IN HAND WITH TRANSPORT PLANNING IN ORDER TO REDUCE PRESSURE ON THE ROAD SYSTEM AND TO PROVIDE A BETTER ENVIRONMENT FOR THE COMMUNITY.

"THE RELOCATION OF THE AIRPORT, THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE URBAN AREA BEING PLANNED BY THE METROPLAN AND THE LAND DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION, AND THE FUTURE RECLAMATIONS PRESENT GOOD OPPORTUNITIES FOR ADJUSTING LAND USES," HE SAID.

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ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES, MR MAK SAID THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO APPLY THE INTER-MODAL CO-ORDINATION POLICY FLEXIBLY TO MEET CHANGING TRANSPORT DEMANDS AND DEVELOPMENTS.

HE SAID THAT IN VIEW OF PUBLIC DEMAND FOR UP-MARKET BUS SERVICES, THE GOVERNMENT WOULD CONTINUE TO ENCOURAGE THE BUS COMPANIES TO IMPROVE THEIR SERVICES BOTH IN TERMS OF QUALITY AND QUANTITY.

ON THE MANAGEMENT OF ROAD USE, MR MAK SAID THIS WAS AN ESSENTIAL COMPONENT OF HONG KONG’S TRANSPORT STRATEGY.

MODERN TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AND ENGINEERING MEASURES WOULD BE APPLIED TO MAXIMISE THE USE OF ROAD SPACE.

THE UPGRADED COMPUTERISED AREA TRAFFIC CONTROL SYSTEM WOULD BE EXPANDED TO COVER THE NEW TOWNS.

PLANS FOR BUILDING HILLSIDE ESCALATORS LINKING THE MID-LEVELS AND CENTRAL WERE BEING FINALISED.

MEASURES WOULD CONTINUE TO BE INTRODUCED TO MINIMISE TRAFFIC DISRUPTIONS CAUSED BY DEFECTIVE VEHICLES, TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS AND ROAD MAINTENANCE AND UTILITY WORKS.

PRIORITY WOULD BE GIVEN TO BUSES THROUGH BUS LANES AND BUS PRIORITY SCHEME AS THEY WERE THE MOST EFFICIENT AND ESSENTIAL ROAD VEHICLES.

MR MAK SAID IF THE GROWTH IN THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES OR THE NUMBER OF TRIPS TURNED OUT AS FORECAST BY THE SECOND COMPREHENSIVE TRANSPORT STUDY, MEASURES TO REGULATE THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES OR VEHICLE TRIPS WOULD HAVE TO BE INTRODUCED.

ONE OF THE MEASURES WAS AIMED AT MANAGING THE DEMAND IN CONGESTED AREAS SUCH AS IN THE TUNNELS BY ADJUSTING TUNNEL TOLLS.

HE SAID CONGESTION AT TUNNELS WAS EXPECTED TO BE A CONTINUING PROBLEM IN THE NEXT DECADE IN VIEW OF THE ANTICIPATED RAPID GROWTH IN TRIPS BETWEEN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND KOWLOON, AND ACROSS THE HARBOUR.

ANOTHER MEASURE WAS TO MANAGE THE USAGE AND THE NUMBER OF VEHICLES.

INCREASING FUEL TAX WOULD BE A USEFUL MEANS TO ENCOURAGE MOTORISTS TO REDUCE NON-ESSENTIAL TRIPS.

QUOTAS AND VEHICLE OWNERSHIP TAXES WERE THE MAIN OPTIONS FOR MANAGING THE GROWTH IN THE VEHICLE FLEET SUCH AS TAXIS, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, PRIVATE CARS AND LIGHT GOODS VEHICLES.

MR MAK SAID THE GOVERNMENT’S INTENTION WAS TO APPLY THE PROPOSED MANAGEMENT MEASURES FLEXIBLY AND TO REVIEW IT AT REGULAR INTERVALS TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF CHANGING TRANSPORT DEMANDS AND DEVELOPMENTS.

"THE GOVERNMENT WILL MONITOR VERY CAREFULLY THE GROWTH RATE OF VEHICLES AND THE LEVEL OF CONGESTION BEFORE INTRODUCING ANY OF THE PROPOSED MEASURES," HE ADDED.

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NEW ERA FOR HE’S RECREATION, CULTURE AND BROADCASTING

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HONG KONG IN THE 1990’S WILL ENTER A CHALLENGING ERA FOR CULTURE. RECREATION AND SPORT, BROADCASTING AND ENTERTAINMENT, THE SECRETARY FOR RECREATION AND CULTURE, MR AUGUSTINE CHUI, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING ON "THE WAY AHEAD IN HONG KONG’S RECREATION. CULTURE. BROADCASTING AND ENTERTAINMENT" AT THE PO LEUNG KUK DIRECTORS’ LUNCHEON MEETING, MR CHUI EXPLAINED THE POLICY OF THE NEW RECREATION AND CULTURE BRANCH HE HEADS.

"THE TASK AHEAD IS TO ENSURE THAT THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR LOCAL CITIZENS MATCHES UP TO ECONOMIC PROGRESS AND THAT OPPORTUNITIES FOR LEISURE AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE ARTS ARE AS GOOD AS OPPORTUNITIES IN OTHER AREAS.

"A SIGN OF THE SERIOUSNESS WITH WHICH THIS TASK IS BEING TAKEN IS THE FORMATION OF THE NEW RECREATION AND CULTURE BRANCH." HE SAID.

MR CHUI STRESSED THAT THE NEW BRANCH SHOULD BE ABLE TO MAKE SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS THROUGH IMPROVED CO-ORDINATION. RESPONSIVENESS AND CO-OPERATION.

"POLICY OBJECTIVES WILL BE SET AND THE UTILISATION OF RESOURCES PLANNED TO ACHIEVE THE MAXIMUM BENEFIT FOR THE COMMUNITY.

"THE AIM IS TO IMPROVE CO-ORDINATION AMONG THE DIFFERENT ORGANISATIONS, BOTH GOVERNMENT AND NON-GOVERNMENT, IN THE RESPECTIVE AREAS."

HE EMPHASISED THAT THE BRANCH’S METHOD OF OPERATION WAS NOT TO COMMAND AND COERCE BUT TO STRIVE TO MAKE PROGRESS THROUGH CO-OPERATION AND BY SEEKING CONSENSUS.

TURNING TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF CULTURE AND THE PERFORMING ARTS. MR CHUI SAID THE COMPLETION OF MAJOR PERFORMANCE VENUES IN HONG KONG HAD PLACED THE TERRITORY AMONG THE LEADING CITIES IN THE WORLD IN TERMS OF CULTURAL FACILITIES.

"OUR MAIN GOAL NOW IS TO IMPROVE THE STANDARD OF LOCAL PROGRAMMES AVAILABLE FOR THESE NEW VENUES.

"THIS IN TURN REQUIRES THE TRAINING OF YOUNG PERFORMING ARTISTS, THE STRENGTHENING OF ARTS ADMINISTRATION AND THE PROMOTION OF INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE."

MR CHUI POINTED OUT THAT ANOTHER EXCITING DEVELOPMENT WAS THE EVOLUTION OF A NEW "HONG KONG STYLE" OF ARTS. BLENDING THE ESSENCE OF CHINESE AND WESTERN, AS WELL AS TRADITIONAL AND MODERN STYLES.

"WE MUST GROOM YOUNG TALENTS AND RESPECT AND ENCOURAGE THESE NEW TRENDS AND MODES OF EXPRESSION," HE SAID.

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MR CHUI SAID PROMOTION OF THE ARTS THROUGH INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL EXCHANGE WOULD ALSO BENEFIT HONG KONG AND ITS LONG TERM FUTURE.

HE SAID IT HAD BEEN PREDICTED THAT HONG KONG, AS THE GATEWAY TO CHINA AND LOCATED IN A STRATEGIC POSITION IN THE PACIFIC BASIN. WOULD SEE MORE DYNAMIC DEVELOPMENTS AS IT ENTERED THE 21ST CENTURY.

"IT IS ANOTHER ASPECT OF OUR CHALLENGE TO ENSURE THAT WE ARE NOT JUST AN INTERNATIONAL TRADING CROSSROADS BUT ALSO AN INTERNATIONAL CULTURAL CROSSROADS." HE SAID.

MR CHUI SAID THERE WAS A BIG INCREASE IN FACILITIES FOR SPORT AND RECREATION IN RECENT YEARS AND THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD WAS AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE.

"THE TASK NOW IS TO FORMULATE AN OVERALL DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY. STRENGTHEN SPORTS ADMINISTRATION, IMPROVE THE STANDARD OF COACHES. STEP UP TRAINING OF TALENTED ATHLETES WHILE AT THE SAME TIME PROMOTE SPORTS AT THE COMMUNITY LEVEL AND ELEVATE THE STATUS OF SPORTS IN EDUCATION.

"THE JUBILEE SPORTS CENTRE WILL BE UPGRADED TO BECOME A SPORT INSTITUTE TO ASSIST GOVERNING BODIES OF SPORT TO IMPROVE THEIR ADMINISTRATIVE STRUCTURE AND MAKE THE BEST USE OF THEIR MANPOWER RESOURCES AND TO HELP PROMOTE SPONSORSHIP OF SPORTS ACTIVITIES BY INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE," HE SAID.

IN THE FIELD OF BROADCASTING. MR CHUI SAID HONG KONG CABLE COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED WILL BEGIN THEIR CABLE TELEVISION SERVICE IN 1991 .

"THE CABLE TELEVISION PROJECT IS OPERATED BY AN INTERNATIONAL ENTERPRISE AND THE ENORMOUS INVESTMENT IT REPRESENTS IS A SIGNIFICANT SIGN OF CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG." HE SAID.

MR CHUI SAID ANOTHER NEW TREND IN THE BROADCASTING INDUSTRY WAS THE POPULARISATION OF THE DOMESTIC USE OF SATELLITE TELEVISION SERVICES.

HE SAID IT WAS IMPORTANT FOR THE GOVERNMENT TO SEE TO IT THAT NEW TECHNOLOGIES AS SUCH WERE MADE AVAILABLE TO THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG UNDER ADEQUATE GUIDELINES COVERING LEGISLATION, ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT.

AS FOR RADIO SERVICES, HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD APPROVED THE SETTING UP OF A SECOND COMMERCIAL RADIO STATION TO PROVIDE MORE CHOICES FOR THE LISTENING AUDIENCE. ALSO, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG WOULD BECOME ADMINISTRATIVELY INDEPENDENT.

"ALTHOUGH RTHK WILL NO LONGER COME UNDER THE JURISDICTION OF THE GOVERNMENT, THE RECREATION AND CULTURE BRANCH WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE AS A LINK BETWEEN THE STATION AND THE GOVERNMENT THROUGH THE ALLOCATION OF FUNDS.

"THE STATION HAS THE FULL RIGHT TO SELECT AND EDIT ITS PROGRAMMES AND IS ACCOUNTABLE TO ITS BOARD OF GOVERNORS," HE ADDED.

IN CONCLUSION. MR CHUI BELIEVED THAT HONG KONG WOULD FLOURISH IN THE 21ST CENTURY, PARTICULARLY IN THE FIELDS OF RECREATION. SPORTS, THE ARTS AND BROADCASTING.

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FOREIGN MINISTER TO VISIT HK ♦ ♦ * » ♦

ak.fa „ ™E ALLOWING ANNOUNCEMENT WAS ISSUED IN LONDON BY THE mpnrw AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE AT 7.30 PM TODAY -THURSDAY Sg TIMEH

THE HON FRANCIS MAUDE MP, MINISTER OF STATE FOR FORFinw cohhomwbalth affairs, will visit HONC KOHG FROM SEPTEMBER IS «

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CS VISITS TUEN MUN HYDRAULIC LABORATORY ******

HONG KONG IS TO HAVE ONE OF THE MOST ADVANCED PHYSICAL TIDAL MODELS IN THE WORLD, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, WAS TOLD THIS DURING HIS VISIT TO THE RECENTLY COMPLETED HYDRAULIC LABORATORY IN TUEN MUN TODAY (THURSDAY).

CONSTRUCTION OF THE LABORATORY STARTED IN AUGUST LAST YEAR AND COST ABOUT $10 MILLION.

ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT BY THE SECRETARY FOR WORKS, MR KENNETH KWOK, THE DIRECTOR OF TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT, DR NIP KAM-FAN, AND THE DIRECTOR OF HIGHWAYS, MR HAROLD BEATON, SIR DAVID OBTAINED THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION ON THE TIDAL MODEL.

THE MODEL COVERS THE WHOLE OF VICTORIA HARBOUR AND THE WESTERN ANCHORAGE AND THE HYDRAULICALLY COMPLEX AREAS OF WATER AROUND MA WAN ISLAND. IT WILL ACCURATELY REPRODUCE TIDAL FLOWS ' IN THE HARBOUR WATERS.

ONCE THE INITIAL TESTING HAS BEEN COMPLETED, GOVERNMENT STAFF WILL ASSUME FULL RESPONSIBILITY FOR RUNNING THE MODEL WHICH IS TO EXAMINE THE EFFECT OF THE PROPOSED RECLAMATIONS AND DEVELOPMENTS IN THE HARBOUR WATERS.

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SEMINAR ON TRADE IN SERVICES TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH

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INFORMED OF THE CURRENT GATT TRADE) NEGOTIATIONS ON SERVICES FIRST TIME IN HONG KONG.

LOCAL BUSINESSMEN WILL BE (GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND THROUGH A SEMINAR TO BE HELD FOR THE

THE DEPUTY

SAID THE ", WOULD BE OCTOBER 4

SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (THURSDAY), SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR MICHAEL CARTLAND. SEMINAR, CALLED THE "HONG KONG SEMINAR ON TRADE IN SERVICES HELD AT THE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE ON

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IT WILL BE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TRADE DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL FOR TOP EXECUTIVES OF HONG KONG'S SERVICES INDUSTRIES.

EXPLAINING THE BACKGROUND TO THIS SEMINAR, MR CARTLAND SAID: "TRADE IN SERVICES IS ONE OF THE 15 SUBJECTS BEING NEGOTIATED IN THE CURRENT GATT URUGUAY ROUND OF MULTILATERAL TRADE NEGOTIATIONS AND S ONE OF THE NEW SUBJECTS INTRODUCED IN THE GATT TALKS.

"ALTHOUGH PROGRESS IN THE FIRST TWO YEARS OF THE NEGOTIATIONS SINCE THE START OF THE URUGUAY ROUND IN SEPTEMBER 1986 HAS BEEN SLOW, THE FRAMEWORK AGREED BY PARTICIPANTS THIS APRIL IN GENEVA TO GUIDE DISCUSSIONS IN THE RUN-UP TO THE CONCLUSION OF THE ROUND IN NOVEMBER NEXT YEAR HAS SUBSTANTIALLY HASTENED THE PACE OF WORK.

"THE OBJECTIVE OF THE GATT NEGOTIATIONS IN THIS AREA IS TO ESTABLISH A MULTILATERAL FRAMEWORK OF RULES AND PRINCIPLES FOR TRADE IN SERVICES, SIMILAR TO THE GATT.

"HAVING REGARD TO THE STATE OF NEGOTIATIONS IN THE GATT WHICH AIMS TO PUT TOGETHER A DRAFT MULTILATERAL FRAMEWORK BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, IT IS IMPORTANT TO ENSURE THAT THE INTERESTS OF OUR TRADE WOULD BE FULLY TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT IN THE PROCESS."

MR CARTLAND SAID THE SERVICES SECTORS HAD BECOME MORE AND MORE IMPORTANT IN HONG KONG.

"IN 1987, THEY ACCOUNTED FOR 65 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S GDP AND ABOUT 55 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL EMPLOYMENT.

"ALTHOUGH 1988 FIGURES ON THEIR CONTRIBUTION TO GDP ARE NOT AVAILABLE, A SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF THIS YEAR SHOWS THAT SOME 58 PER CENT OF OUR WORKFORCE IS EMPLOYED IN SOME KIND OF SERVICES OR OTHER.”

THE SEMINAR ON TRADE IN SERVICES IS ORGANISED TO INCREASE THE AWARENESS OF HONG KONG’S BUSINESSMEN. PARTICULARLY THOSE ENGAGED IN THE SERVICES INDUSTRIES, OF THE NEGOTIATIONS IN THE GATT AND OF THE ISSUES WHICH HAVE A BEARING ON THE EXPORT OF SERVICES FROM, AND IMPORT OF SERVICES INTO, HONG KONG.

IT WILL ALSO HELP TO OBTAIN DIRECT FEEDBACK FROM THE SERVICES INDUSTRIES ON OBSTACLES THEY FACE IN EXPORTING THEIR SERVICES OVERSEAS WHICH SHOULD BE ADDRESSED IN THE GATT NEGOTIATIONS.

THE SEMINAR WILL BE OPENED BY THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY. THE FIRST DAY WILL BE TAKEN UP BY PLENARY SESSIONS INTRODUCING PARTICIPANTS TO THE SUBJECT IN GENERAL, WHILE THE SECOND DAY WILL BE DEVOTED TO CONCURRENTLY HELD WORKSHOPS ON SIX SELECTED SERVICES SECTORS OF PARTICULAR INTEREST TO HONG KONG.

A NUMBER OF PROMINENT SPEAKERS HAVE BEEN INVITED FROM OVERSEAS. THEY INCLUDE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE GATT NEGOTIATING GROUP ON SERVICES, THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE GATT AND PRIVATE SECTOR EXPERTS FROM THE U.S., EUROPE AND JAPAN.

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HIN ADDITION, WE HAVE INVITED MR WILLIAM PURVES, CHAIRMAN OF THE HONGKONGBANK AND MR HENRY PARKER, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE CHUBB AND SON, INC. TO DELIVER KEYNOTE ADDRESSES ON THE FIRST AND SECOND DAY OF THE SEMINAR TO GIVE PARTICIPANTS A PRIVATE-SECTOR PERSPECTIVE ON TRADE IN SERVICES," MR CARTLAND SAID.

"THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL HAS SENT OUT ENROLMENT LETTERS TO ABOUT 2,000 FIRMS ENGAGED IN SERVICES TRADE IN HONG KONG EITHER DIRECTLY OR THROUGH THE RESPECTIVE TRADE OR PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS.

"WE HOPE TO GET SOME 200 PARTICIPANTS DRAWN FROM A WIDE-SPECTRUM OF SERVICES SECTORS IN HONG KONG." HE ADDED.

MR CARTLAND SAID THE SEMINAR, AS A FIRST STEP, COULD FACILITATE AN EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ON THIS COMPLICATED SUBJECT.

"PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION IS VITAL; BECAUSE AT THE END OF THE DAY. IF WE COULD SECURE HONG KONG’S TRADE INTERESTS IN THESE NEGOTIATIONS BASED ON INPUT FROM OUR BUSINESSMEN, IT WILL GREATLY BOOST OUR EXPORT OF SERVICES AND BENEFIT OUR LOCAL SERVICES INDUSTRIES," HE SAID.

ALL ENQUIRIES REGARDING ENROLMENT SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE HONG KONG TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.

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IMPORTANCE OF APPRENTICE TRAINING STRESSED ♦ * ♦ * ♦

IN ORDER TO STRIKE A BALANCE IN IMPLEMENTING THE LOCAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS, IT IS IMPORTANT THAT THE GOVERNMENT, WHILE EXPANDING TECHNOLOGICAL EDUCATION AT THE "ERTIARY LEVEL. SHOULD TAKE EVERY STEP TO TRAIN SUFFICIENT TECHNICIANS AND CRAFTSMEN TO WORK TOGETHER WITH TECHNOLOGISTS AND MANAGERS.

THIS WAS STATED BY A MEMBER OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, MR CHENG HON-KWAN. AT TL£ GRADUATION CEREMONY FOR A GOVERNMENT APPRENTICE TRAINING SCHEME HEL’J AT THE SHEUNG WAN CIVIC CENTRE TODAY (THURSDAY).

MR CHENG NOTED THAT HONG KONG VAS UNDERGOING CHANGES IN THE TRANSITION PERIOD FOR WHICH THERE WAS EVEN A MORE URGENT NEED TO CONTINUE TQ STRIVE FOR ECONOMIC. SOCIAL AND POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT.

HOWEVER, SHORTAGE OF HUMAN RESOURCES IN BOTH THE CIVIL SERVICE AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR WAS ONE OF HObG KONG’S MAIN PROBLEMS EVER ENCOUNTERED, HE ADDED.

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"PERHAPS IT IS TIME FOR A REAPPRAISAL OF OUR TRAINING REQUIREMENTS TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION THE INCREASINGLY GROWING APPLICATION OF HIGH TECHNOLOGY AND NEW TECHNIQUES TO MEET THE DEMAND OF INDUSTRY IN A MOST COMPETITIVE SITUATION." HE SAID.

MR CHENG ADDED THAT HE WAS IMPRESSED WITH THE SUCCESS ACHIEVED BY THE GOVERNMENT DURING THE PAST IN TRAINING ITS TECHNICIANS AND CRAFT APPRENTICES.

HE POINTED OUT THAT SINCE 1969, SOME 508 TECHNICAL APPRENTICES AND 1,768 CRAFT APPRENTICES HAD SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE TRAINING PROGRAMME WHICH WAS CONDUCTED BY THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT TO ENSURE AN ADEQUATE SUPPLY TO BOTH THE GOVERNMENT AND THE INDUSTRY OF PROPERLY TRAINED MANPOWER AS REQUIRED BY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

GRADUATING TODAY WERE 45 TECHNICIAN APPRENTICES AND 62 CRAFT APPRENTICES WHO HAD SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED THE FOUR-YEAR TRAINING COURSE.

THE PROGRAMME, WHICH INCLUDED ON-THE-JOB TRAINING. HAD BEEN DEVELOPED TO COPE WITH THE NEEDS FOR PROFICIENCY IN THEORETICAL TECHNOLOGY AND SKILL IN PRACTICAL WORK.

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

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PROCESSING OF URBAN TAXI TENDERS COMPLETED ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ *

THE AVERAGE PREMIUM ACCEPTED IN THE LATEST TENDERS FOR 200 URBAN TAXI LICENCES IS $820,545.80, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (THURSDAY).

THIS REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF 18.16 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE AVERAGE OF $694,443.13 IN THE LAST TENDER EXERCISE IN JULY LAST YEAR.

A TOTAL OF 605 TENDERS WERE RECEIVED WHEN ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS CLOSED ON AUGUST 4.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE HIGHEST TENDER ACCEPTED WAS $823,336 AND THE LOWEST $818,288.

DETAILS OF SUCCESSFUL TENDERERS AND THE AMOUNTS THEY OFFERED WILL BE PUBLISHED TOMORROW IN THE GOVERNMENT GAZETTE.

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A CAREER WITH THE ROYAL HK AUXILIARY AIR FORCE

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THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE (RHKAAF) HAS STARTED AN EXERCISE TO RECRUIT ADDITIONAL STAFF TO MEET ITS PRESENT AND FUTURE OPERATIONAL COMMITMENTS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE RHKAAF SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE RECRUITMENT DRIVE WAS IN LINE WITH AN APPROVED EXPANSION AND LOCALISATION PROGRAMME FOR THE FORCE.

THE VACANCIES AVAILABLE INCLUDE CADET PILOTS. TECHNICAL OFFICERS (DIVIDED INTO FIXED WING AND QUALITY ASSURANCE STREAMS), FLIGHT TECHNICIANS (DIVIDED INTO AIRFRAME ENGINE, RADIO. ELECTRICAL/ INSTRUMENT AND SAFETY EQUIPMENT STREAMS) AND OBSERVERS/CREWMEN.

EXPLAINING THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS. THE SPOKESMAN SAID FOR CADET PILOTS. APPLICANTS SHOULD BE AGED BETWEEN 18 AND 25, MATRICULATED WITH PASSES IN MATHEMATICS AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE (SYLLABUS B). AND WITH GOOD EYESIGHT AND PHYSIQUE.

"FOR THE POST OF TECHNICAL OFFICERS, APPLICANTS MUST HAVE A CAA AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE ENGINEER’S LICENCE AND FIVE YEARS’ POST QUALIFICATION EXPERIENCE IN RELATED FIELDS," HE SAID.

"THE COMPLETION OF AN APPROVED TECHNICIAN APPRENTICESHIP OR AN ORDINARY CERTIFICATE IN A RELEVANT STREAM IS REQUIRED FOR FLIGHT TECHNICIANS, WHILE GRADE E OR ABOVE IN FIVE SUBJECTS INCLUDING ENGLISH LANGUAGE (SYLLABUS B) IN THE HONG KONG CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION EXAMINATION AND GOOD EYESIGHT AND PHYSIQUE ARE REQUIRED FOR OBSERVERS/CREWMEN," HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT AS THE FORCE HAD BEEN RECENTLY TRANSFERRED TO THE DISCIPLINED SERVICES GRADE. THERE WAS A CORRESPONDING REVISION OF SALARIES OF ALL THE DEPARTMENTAL STAFF.

"HENCE THE PRESENT SALARY RANGE FOR THE FOUR POSTS, NAMELY, CADET PILOTS, TECHNICAL OFFICERS, FLIGHT TECHNICIANS AND OBSERVERS/CREWMEN, ARE $8.175-$8,540, $22,385-$33,570 . $6,240-$10,000 AND $7,235-$17,780 RESPECTIVELY, WITH THE ENTRY POINT FOR FLIGHT TECHNICIANS DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE," HE SAID.

DETAILED INFORMATION ON THESE POSTS (EXCEPT OBSERVERS/CREWMEN) WOULD BE ANNOUNCED IN THE GOVERNMENT VACANCIES ADVERTISEMENT TO BE PUBLISHED ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 9) IN THE USUAL WAY. INFORMATION REGARDING THE POST OF OBSERVERS/CREWMEN WOULD BE PUBLISHED AT A LATER DATE.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE DIRECTED TO THE RHKAAF ON 3-7698418.

ON THE RHKAAF, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE FORCE WAS A SELF-DEPENDENT UNIT WITH CAPACITY TO DISCHARGE, TO INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL STANDARDS, THE FULL RANGE OF AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE AND FLYING DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS REQUIRED BY THE GOVERNMENT.

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noTTTon F0RCE 15 neither a volunteer service nor an unit of the o?wCES IT ls PART 0F THE GOVERNMENT AND ITS PERMANENT STAFF ARE ALL CIVIL SERVANTS." HE SAID.

AT PRESENT THE FORCE OPERATES INCLUDING THREE HELICOPTERS AND SEVEN HELICOPTER FLEET WILL BE REPLACED AND HELICOPTERS FROM 1990 TO 1992.

A FLEET OF 10 AIRCRAFT, FIXED-WING AIRCRAFT. ITS FURTHER INCREASED TO EIGHT

REGIONAL SECRETARY MEETS LIONS CLUB OFFICIALS

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THE CABINET OFFICERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LIONS CLUBS DISTRICT 303. LED BY THE DISTRICT GOVERNOR, MR PAUL FAN, TODAY (THURSDAY) PAID A COURTESY CALL ON THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR DAVID LAN.

DURING THE VISIT, MR FAN OUTLINED THE LIONS CLUBS’ PLANNED ACTIVITIES IN THE COMING YEAR AND SOUGHT THE REGIONAL SECRETARY’S ADVICE ON HOW BEST THEY COULD BE IMPLEMENTED.

MR LAN SAID THE LIONS CLUBS HAD ALWAYS BEEN ONE OF THE MOST ACTIVE COMMUNITY SERVICE ORGANISATIONS IN THE TERRITORY AND THAT THEY HAD RENDERED VERY VALUABLE SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY.

HE NOTED THAT THERE WAS MUCH SCOPE THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION FIELDS OF COMMUNITY SERVICE.

MR LAN ALSO LENT HIS SUPPORT TO THE SEMINAR CALLED "HONG KONG NEEDS YOU" TO TERRITORY’S FUTURE.

FOR CO-OPERATION BETWEEN AND THE CLUBS IN VARIOUS

CLUBS’ PLAN TO HOLD A BOOST CONFIDENCE IN THE

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THE URBAN

TO SUCCEED

EFFECT FROM

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (LEISURE OPERATIONS) OF SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR DUNCAN PESCOD, HAS BEEN APPOINTED MR ALEX FONG AS DISTRICT OFFICER OF KOWLOON CITY. WITH

SEPTEMBER 18.

MR PESCOD HAS BEEN WITH THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT SINCE DECEMBER 1986.

HE JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE AS AN ADMINISTRATION OFFICER IN AUGUST 1981. AND WAS PROMOTED TO SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICER IN APRIL LAST YEAR.

PREVIOUSLY HE HAD SERVED IN THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, SECURITY BRANCH AND THE FORMER HOME AFFAIRS BRANCH.

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SEMINAR TO LAUNCH NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME

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THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE WILL HOLD A SEMINAR ON HOME SECURITY TOMORROW (FRIDAY) TO COINCIDE WITH THE LAUNCHING OF THE PHASE VII NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME IN THE DISTRICT.

THE SEMINAR WILL BE HELD AT THE AP LEI CHAU COMMUNITY HALL.

TAKING PART IN PHASE VII OF THE SCHEME ARE FOUR MULTI-STOREY BUILDINGS - BLOCK 5 OF POKFULAM GARDENS, BLOCK 5 OF SHEK PAI WAN ESTATE, BLOCK 8 OF WONG CHUK HANG ESTATE, AND YEN CHING BUILDING ON AP LEI CHAU.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID A TOTAL OF 35 BUILDINGS IN THE DISTRICT HAD JOINED THE SCHEME, AND SOME 9,500 HOUSEHOLDS IN THOSE BUILDINGS HAD FORMED ABOUT 700 UNITS TO KEEP A CLOSE WATCH ON THEIR NEIGHBOURHOOD AND TO REPORT ANY SUSPECTED CRIMES TO THE POLICE.

POLICE FIGURES SHOWED THAT THE LAW AND ORDER IN THOSE BUILDINGS HAD IMPROVED WITH A DROP IN THE NUMBER OF CRIMES, HE ADDED.

AT A CEREMONY TOMORROW TO MARK THE LAUNCHING OF PHASE VII OF THE SCHEME, REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE FOUR BUILDINGS WILL BE PRESENTED WITH SOUVENIRS FOR THEIR SUPPORT, WHILE THREE CIVIC-MINDED RESIDENTS -MR YIU CHAN-KUEN, MR WONG FU-SHING, AND MR LEE SHING-CHI - WILL RECEIVE THE GOOD CITIZEN AWARD FOR THEIR BRAVERY IN HELPING THE POLICE TO ARREST CRIMINALS IN A BURGLARY CASE.

AT THE SEMINAR, THE POLICE ASSISTANT REGIONAL CRIME PREVENTION OFFICER (HONG KONG ISLAND), MR SIU PING-MING, WILL GIVE A TALK ON CHE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AGAINST BURGLARIES, SWINDLES AND OTHER CRIMES.

OFFICIATING AT THE FUNCTION WILL BE THE POLICE DIVISIONAL COMMANDER IN ABERDEEN, MR TSE CHAN-FAI; SOUTHERN ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER. MR DAVID LEUNG; CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT'S FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE, MR KAN MAN-LEE; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S FIGHT CRIME CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR CHAN YAU-YUE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT PHASE VII NEIGHBOURHOOD WATCH SCHEME LAUNCHING CEREMONY AND HOME SECURITY SEMINAR TO BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT THE AP LEI CHAU COMMUNITY HALL, AP LEI CHAU ESTATE.

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STAMPS HIGHLIGHT ’BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE’

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A SPECIAL STAMP ISSUE ON "HONG KONG BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE" WIL BE RELEASED PV THE POST OFFICE ON OCTOBER 5.

THE SET OF STAMPS. COMPRISING SIX DENOMINATIONS. DEPICTS SIX MAJOR BUILDINGS OR PROJECTS WHICH ARE BEING CONSTRUCTED OR WILL BE COMPLETED THIS YEAR THEY ARE:

HONG KONG UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (60 CENT STAMP)

THE UNIVERSITY WILL ADVANCE LEARNING AND KNOWLEDGE THROUGH TEACHING AND RESEARCH. PARTICULARLY IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING. MANAGEMENT AND BUSINESS STUDIES. AND ASSIST IN HONG KONG'S ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT.

HONG KONG CULTURAL CENTRE (70 CENT STAMP)

THE CENTRE HOUSES UNDER ONE ROOF THE MOST ADVANCED FACILITIES FOR CULTURAL AND CONFERENCE ACTIVITIES. IT HAS A CONCERT HALL WITH THE LATEST ACOUSTIC TECHNOLOGY. A GRAND THEATRE WITH STATE-OF-THE-ART STAGE EQUIPMENT AND A STUDIO THEATRE FOR EXPERIMENTAL PRODUCTIONS.

EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING (Si.30 STAMP)

COSTING SOME S3.4 BILLION. THIS SECOND CROSS-HARBOUR TUNNEL IS THE LARGEST SINGLE TRANSPORT PROJECT UNDERTAKEN BY THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN HONG KONG.

BANK OF CHINA TOWER (SI.40 STAMP)

THE UNIQUE DESIGN OF THIS 70-STOREY TOWER WAS INSPIRED BY CHINESE PHILOSOPHY AND ICONOGRAPHY USING BAMBOO AS A SYMBOL: ITS SECTIONED TRUNK. PROPELLED EVER HIGHER BY EACH NEW GROWTH. REFLECTS THE EFFORTS IN THE QUEST OF STRENGTH AND EXCELLENCE.

HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE (SI.80 STAMP)

THE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE INCORPORATES LARGE, PURPOSE-BUILT EXHIBITION HALLS AND STATE-OF-THE-ART CONVENTION FACILITIES WHICH ARE FULLY INTERGRATED WITH TWO FIRST-CLASS HOTELS.

LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SYSTEM (S5 STAMP)

THIS SYSTEM PROVIDES A MODERN MEANS OF TRANSPORT IN THE NORTHWESTERN NEW TERRITORIES. IT COMBINES THE TECHNOLOGY AND COMFORT OF THE MODERN ELECTRIC RAILWAY WITH THE EASY ACCESS AND CONVENIENCE OF THE TRAM.

THE STAMPS WERE DESIGNED BY MR IAN LEUNG AND PRINTED BY CPE AUSTRALIA LTD. FIRST DAY COVERS AT 50 CENTS EACH WILL BE PLACED ON SALE FROM SEPTEMBER 22.

FURTHER DETAILS WILL BE ANNOUNCED CLOSER TO THE DATE OF ISSUE.

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LABOUR OFFICE ON THE MOVE ♦ ♦ » » ♦

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT’S WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS DIVISION AT HARBOUR BUILDING, CENTRAL WILL BE RELOCATED TO NEW PREMISES IN ABERDEEN TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE OFFICE WILL BE OPERATING FROM ABBA COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 22ND FLOOR. ROOMS 1-4. 223 ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD.

THE NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 5-552247.

THE DIVISION IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS (INDUSTRY) REGULATIONS WHICH GOVERN THE EMPLOYMENT OF WOMEN AND YOUNG PERSONS IN INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS.

IT ALSO COVERS EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN IN ALL ECONOMIC SECTORS UNDER THE EMPLOYMENT OF CHILDREN REGULATIONS.

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VEGETABLE GROWING COMPETITION FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN

TO ENCOURAGE PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF PLANTS. A VEGETABLE GROWING (IN POTS) COMPETITION WILL BE HELD LATER THIS MONTH.

THE PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN VEGETABLE GROWING COMPETITION IS ORGANISED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

’’THE PUPILS WILL BE ABLE TO LEARN, THROUGH PARTICIPATION AND OBSERVATION, ABOUT THE SHAPE. STRUCTURE AND GROWTH OF PLANTS," AN EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

’’THIS EDUCATIONAL COMPETITION ALSO COINCIDES WITH THE TEACHING OF SCIENCE IN PRIMARY SCHOOLS.”

FIVE SPECIES, ALL OF WHICH CAN BE GROWN IN POTS IN WINTER, WILL BE CHOSEN FOR THE COMPETITION AND THE SEEDS WILL BE SUPPLIED TO THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS.

SCHOOLS ARE ADVISED THAT ALL PLANTING WORK SHOULD BE DONE BY THE PUPILS UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF TEACHERS.

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS ARE REQUESTED TO SEND IN THEIR PLANTS TO THE HONG KONG TEACHERS’ CENTRE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT 4 PAK FUK ROAD, NORTH POINT, ON JANUARY 16 NEXT YEAR.

THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO THREE GROUPS -- HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED TO THE THREE BEST ENTRIES IN EACH GROUP AND THE OVERALL CHAMPION OF THE COMPETITION WILL RECEIVE THE CHALLENGE CUP.

PRIMARY SCHOOLS WISHING TO TAKE PART IN THE COMPETITION \RE ADVISED TO SEND IN THEIR COMPLETED ENTRY FORMS TO THE SCIENCE SUBJECT SECTION, ADVISORY INSPECTORATE OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT LEE GARDENS. HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY. BEFORE SEPTEMBER 15.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 9), DRAKE STREET WESTBOUND IN CENTRAL BETWEEN TAMAR STREET AND COTTON TREE DRIVE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC TO FACILITATE ROAD WORKS.

DURING THE ROAD CLOSURE. NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC ON THE SECTION OF TAMAR STREET SOUTH OF DRAKE STREET HEADING FOR COTTON TREE DRIVE WILL BE DIVERTED VIA HARCOURT ROAD (GROUND LEVEL).

AT THE SAME TIME, WESTBOUND TRAFFIC ON THE SECTION OF DRAKE STREET EAST OF TAMAR STREET WILL BE DIVERTED VIA TAMAR STREET AND HARCOURT ROAD (GROUND LEVEL) TO JOIN COTTON TREE DRIVE.

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SECTION OF

OF SHEUNG

ON SATURDAY

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT A SHORT THE MIDDLE LANE ON PRINCESS MARGARET ROAD SOUTHBOUND NORTH HING STREET IN HO MAN TIN WILL BE CLOSED FROM 10 AM (SEPTEMBER 9) FOR 36 HOURS.

THE CLOSURE IS NECESSARY TO FACILITATE WATERMAIN REPAIRING WORK.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1Q89

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

PRICE, VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE IN JUNE............ 1

NEW ORDER GOVERNING AIRCRAFT HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS COMES INTO EFFECT..................... ................................... 5

ADDITIONAL MEASURES TO ENCOURAGE VHP TO RETURN HOME VOLUNTARILY.................................................... 6

POLITICAL ADVISER TO VISIT GUANGDONG ...................... 7

HK’S BROADCASTING INDUSTRY TO EXPERIENCE UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH 7

SITE ACCIDENTS CONTINUE TO GO UP............................. 8

NOMINATIONS FOR TSING YI SOUTH CONSTITUENCY BY-ELECTION ..... 9

FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT..................... 10

LANTERN CARNIVAL FOR KOWLOON CITY RESIDENTS ................. 11

TWO GOVT LOTS FOR SALE BY TENDER............................. 12

TENDERS INVITED FOR TIN SHUI WAI WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM......... 1?

THREE SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO BE BUILT IN YUEN LONG ............ 13

HK NEEDS HELP FROM ALL TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE................. 14

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PRICE, VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE IN JUNE ♦ * t t *

THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS GREW BY 4 PER CENT AND 29 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988, ACCORDING TO STATISTICS RELEASED TODAY (FRIDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

TAKING THEM TOGETHER, THERE WAS AN OVERALL INCREASE OF 17 PER CENT IN THE VOLUME OF TOTAL EXPORTS. IMPORTS INCREASED BY 20 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 JUNE 1989 WITH JUNE 1988, THE VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY 2 PER CENT, AND THAT OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 25 PER CENT. HENCE, TAKING DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND REEXPORTS TOGETHER, TOTAL EXPORTS GREW BY 15 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS. IMPORT VOLUME ALSO INCREASED BY 12 PER CENT.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 3 PER CENT AND 7 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. PRICES OF IMPORTS ROSE BY 3 PER CENT.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY COMMODITY GROUP FOR JUNE 1989 COMPARED WITH JUNE 1988 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

AS CAN BE SEEN FROM TABLE 1, THE DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME OF SOME COMMODITY GROUPS DECREASED IN JUNE 1989 COMPARED WITH JUNE 1988, INCLUDING RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (-39 PER CENT); DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (-24 PER CENT); TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (-16 PER CENT); TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (-11 PER CENT); METAL MANUFACTURES (-11 PER CENT); AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (-8 PER CENT).

NEVERTHELESS, INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORT VOLUME WERE RECORDED IN ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (+19 PER CENT); TEXTILE FABRICS (+16 PER CENT); CLOTHING (+9 PER CENT); METAL ORES AND SCRAP (+7 PER CENT); FOOTWEAR (+1 PER CENT); AND TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (+1 PER CENT).

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PRICES OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF MOST COMMODITY GROUPS INCREASED IN JUNE 1989 COMPARED WITH JUNE 1988. THESE INCLUDED METAL MANUFACTURES (+12 PER CENT); TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES (+6 PER CENT): DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES (+5 PER CENT); TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES (+4 PER CENT); TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD (+3 PER CENT): CLOTHING (+2 PER CENT); RADIOS OF ALL KINDS (+2 PER CENT); METAL ORES AND SCRAP (+1 PER CENT); AND FOOTWEAR (+1 PER CENT).

HOWEVER. DECREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICES WERE RECORDED IN ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS (-9 PER CENT); AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (-1 PER CENT). DOMESTIC EXPORT PRICES OF TEXTILE FABRICS REMAINED UNCHANGED.

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE, UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR JUNE 1989 COMPARED WITH JUNE 1988 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 2.

AS PRESENTED IN TABLE 2, IMPORTS OF FOODSTUFFS DECREASED BY 5 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS IN JUNE 1989 COMPARED WITH JUNE 1988. SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF CEREALS AND CEREAL PREPARATIONS OTHER THAN RICE, WHEAT AND FLOUR; SOYA BEAN OIL, PEANUT OIL AND LARD; AND SWINE.

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF SUGAR; TEA AND COFFEE; AND WHEAT AND FLOUR.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE IMPORT VOLUME OF CONSUMER GOODS INCREASED BY 21 PER CENT. THE COMMODITY ITEMS WITH MORE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES INCLUDED FOOTWEAR; CLOTHING; AND ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES. DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE NOTED FOR PASSENGER MOTOR CARS; AND CAMERAS, FLASHLIGHT APPARATUS AND SUPPLIES FOR PHOTOGRAPHY.

THE IMPORT VOLUME Ok RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES ROSE BY 5 PER CENT IN JUNE 1989 COMPARED WITH JUNE 1988. THE MAJOR INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF LEATHER AND DRESSED FUR SKINS; MAN-MADE FIBRES; CLAY AND REFRACTORY CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS, BUILDING MATERIALS, ETC., EXCEPT GLASS; AND SPECIAL TEXTILE FABRICS FOR INDUSTRIAL PURPOSE. DECREASES IN IMPORT VOLUME WERE NOTED FOR PLASTIC MOULDING MATERIALS; IRON AND STEEL; AND WATCH AND CLOCK MOVEMENTS, CASES AND PARTS.

IMPORTS OF FUELS INCREASED BY 66 PER CENT IN VOLUME TERMS IN JUNE 1989 COMPARED WITH JUNE 1988.

IN THE CAPITAL GOODS CATEGORY, THE IMPORT VOLUME INCREASED BY 15 PER CENT IN JUNE 1989 OVER JUNE 1988. THERE WERE SUBSTANTIAL INCREASES IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT; ELECTRICAL MACHINERY; AND INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY, OTHER THAN TEXTILE MACHINERY AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY.

DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE IMPORT VOLUME OF SCIENTIFIC MEDICAL, OPTICAL, MEASURING AND CONTROLLING INSTRUMENTS AND APPARATUS; TEXTILE MACHINERY AND CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY.

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COMPARING JUNE 1989 WITH JUNE 1988, IMPORT PRICES OF ALL ENDUSE CATEGORIES INCREASED: FUELS (+8 PER CENT): CONSUMER GOODS (*5 PER CENT): FOODSTUFFS (+3 PER CENT); RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES (+3 PER CENT); AND CAPITAL GOODS (+2 PER CENT).

THE CHANGES IN THE VALUE. UNIT VALUE AND VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY FOR JUNE 1989 COMPARED WITH JUNE 1988 ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 3.

AS DEPICTED IN TABLE 3, THE RE-EXPORT VOLUME OF FUELS INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY BY 195 PER CENT, WHILE THOSE OF CONSUMER GOODS. CAPITAL GOODS AND RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES ALSO INCREASED. BY 45 PER CENT, 19 PER CENT AND 10 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. ON THE OTHER HAND, THE VOLUME OF RE-EXPORTS OF FOODSTUFFS DECREASED BY 15 PER CENT.

PRICE OF RE-EXPORTS OF RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES INCREASED BY 7 PER CENT IN JUNE 1989 COMPARED WITH JUNE 1988. REEXPORT PRICES OF FOODSTUFFS, CONSUMER GOODS AND CAPITAL GOODS ALL ROSE BY 6 PER CENT; WHILE THAT OF FUELS ROSE BY 5 PER CENT.

FURTHER DETAILS ARE CONTAINED IN THE JUNE 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 SEPTEMBER 10 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: INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY COMMODITY GROUP

COMPARING JUN 1989 COMPARING JAN-JUN 1889

WITH JUN 1988 WITH JAN-JUN 1988

COMMODITY GROUP VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME % VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME %

CLOTHING 11 2 9 7 1 5

TEXTILE FABRICS 16 t 16 7 -1 8

TEXTILE YARN AND THREAD 3 3 1 14 2 12

TEXTILE MADE-UPS AND RELATED ARTICLES -11 6 -16 -12 6 -17

RADIOS OF ALL KINDS -38 2 -39 -44 t -44

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ELECTRONIC COMPONENTS 8 -9 19 21 -6 29

FOOTWEAR 1 1 -13 1 -14

METAL MANUFACTURES -1 12 -11 10 11 -1

METAL ORES AND SCRAP 8 1 7 25 3 21

WATCHES AND CLOCKS -9 -1 -8 2 1 1

TRAVEL GOODS, HANDBAGS AND SIMILAR ARTICLES -8 4 -11 -11 3 -14

DOMESTIC ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES -20 5 -24 -23 7 -28

ALL COMMODITIES 5 3 2 7 3 4

TABLE 2: INCREASES IN IMPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY

COMPARING JUN WITH JUN 1989 1988 COMPARING WITH JAN-JUN 1989 JAN-JUN 1988

END-USE CATEGORY VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME % VALUE % UNIT VALUE VOLUME % %

FOODSTUFFS -2 3 -5 12 3 9

CONSUMER GOODS 28 5 21 33 5 27

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES 8 3 5 19 3 15

FUELS 80 8 66 42 6 34

CAPITAL GOODS 17 2 15 26 3 23

ALL COMMODITIES 16 3 12 25 4 20

TABLE 3: INCREASES IN RE- EXPORTS BY END-USE CATEGORY

COMPARING WITH JUN JUN 1989 1988 COMPARING WITH JAN-JUN JAN-JUN 1989 1988

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END-USE CATEGORY VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME % VALUE % UNIT VALUE % VOLUME %

FOODSTUFFS -10 6 -15 10 7 3

CONSUMER GOODS 54 6 45 47 5 41

RAW MATERIALS AND SEMI-MANUFACTURES 18 7 10 26 8 17

FUELS 209 5 195 77 t 77

CAPITAL GOODS 26 6 19 47 7 38

ALL COMMODITIES 34 7 25 37 6 29

NOTE FOR TABLES 1 TO 3 :

♦ INSIGNIFICANT, I.E. LESS THAN 0.5 %

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NEW ORDER GOVERNING AIRCRAFT HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS COMES INTO EFFECT

TO AN EXISTING ORDER AIRCRAFT USING THE HONG EFFECT TODAY (FRIDAY).

AN ORDER PROMULGATING AMENDMENTS GOVERNING HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS IN RESPECT OF KONG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (HKIA) COMES INTO

THE HONG KONG AIRPORT (CONTROL OF OBSTRUCTIONS) (CONSOLIDATION) (AMENDMENT) (NO. 2) ORDER 1989 WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY.

A REVIEW OF AIRPORT HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS, CONDUCTED IN TWO PHASES, WAS INITIATED BY THE CIVIL AVIATION DEPARTMENT (CAD) IN 1983.

CAD IMPLEMENTED THE PHASE I CONTROL COVERING HONG KONG ISLAND AND KOWLOON TO THE SOUTHEAST OF HKIA IN NOVEMBER 1986.

RESTRICTIONS

THE REMAINING

SOUTHERN NEW

THE CURRENT AMENDMENTS GIVE EFFECT TO HEIGHT DETERMINED UNDER PHASE II OF THE REVIEW WHICH COVERS PARTS OF HONG KONG ISLAND, KOWLOON, PARTS OF THE

TERRITORIES AND LANTAU ISLAND.

THE CURRENT AMENDMENTS REFLECTED A GENERAL RELAXATION ---------------------------------------- pART QF THE

MA

PREVIOUS AIRPORT HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS OVER MOST AND NEW KOWLOON AREAS EXCEPT FOR PARTS OF KOWLOON CITY, TAI KOK TSUI AND KOWLOON BAY WHICH ARE UNDER OR CLOSE TO THE AND APPROACH FLIGHT-PATHS WHERE STRICTER AIRPORT HEIGHT RE

OF THE

KOWLOON TAU KOK, TAKE-OFF

RESTRICTIONS

ARE INTRODUCED.

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THE PHASE II REVIEW ALSO BRINGS AREAS SUCH AS THE WESTERN HALF OF HONG KONG ISLAND AND LANTAU ISLAND UNDER AIRPORT HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS FOR THE FIRST TIME.

HOWEVER, THE RESTRICTED HEIGHTS IN THESE AREAS ARE HIGH AND HENCE NOT EXPECTED TO HAVE ANY SIGNIFICANT EFFECT ON PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT.

BUILDINGS FOR WHICH BUILDING PLANS HAD BEEN APPROVED BEFORE TODAY ARE EXEMPTED FROM THE ORDER BUT THESE BUILDINGS WILL BE SUBJECT TO THE CURRENT AIRPORT HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS UPON REDEVELOPMENT.

IN AREAS WHERE THE AIRPORT HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS ARE BEING RELAXED, NEW DEVELOPMENT AND REDEVELOPMENT TO GREATER INTENSITIES THAN PREVIOUSLY PERMITTED ARE EXPECTED.

THIS WILL POSE AN UNACCEPTABLE STRAIN ON THE EXISTING AND PLANNED INFRASTRUCTURE FACILITIES IN CERTAIN CONGESTED AREAS OF KOWLOON AND NEW KOWLOON.

THE TEMPORARY CONTROL OF DENSITY OF BUILDING DEVELOPMENT (KOWLOON AND NEW KOWLOON) ORDINANCE 1989, ENACTED IN JULY THIS YEAR, AIMS TO PREVENT EXCESSIVE NEW DEVELOPMENT AND REDEVELOPMENT PENDING THE COMPLETION OF A COMPREHENSIVE PLANNING REVIEW OF THE REDEVELOPMENT POTENTIAL AND CONSTRAINTS WHICH WILL BE COMPLETED BY LATE 1990.

UNDER THIS NEW ORDINANCE, BUILDINGS THAT EXCEED THE PREVIOUS AIRPORT HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS BUT ARE WITHIN THE RELAXED RESTRICTIONS MAY NOT EXCEED THE PLOT RATIO THAT CAN BE ACHIEVED UNDER THE PREVIOUS AIRPORT HEIGHT RESTRICTIONS.

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ADDITIONAL MEASURES TO ENCOURAGE VBP TO RETURN HOME VOLUNTARILY *»»»***

THE GOVERNMENT WILL SHORTLY INTRODUCE ADDITIONAL MEASURES TO ENCOURAGE AND FACILITATE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE TO VOLUNTARILY RETURN TO VIETNAM.

"THERE WILL BE ARRANGEMENTS TO SEGREGATE VOLUNTEERS AS SOON AS THEY TELL THE CAMP MANAGEMENT THAT THEY WANT TO GO BACK TO THEIR OWN COUNTRY," THE REFUGEE CO-ORDINATOR, MR MIKE HANSON, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

"THEY WILL EITHER BE TRANSPORTED TO THE LO WU TEMPORARY HOLDING CENTRE FOR VOLUNTARY RETURNEES OR AT LEAST BE PUT IN SEPARATE ACCOMMODATION WITHIN THEIR CAMP PENDING TRANSFER TO LO WU LATER ON THE SAME DAY.

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"THE IDEA IS TO PREVENT VOLUNTARY RETURNEES FROM BEING INFLUENCED OR INTIMIDATED BY OTHER INMATES ONCE THEY HAVE INDICATED VOLUNTARY RETURN.

"WITH THIS NEW ARRANGEMENT WE HOPE THE BOAT PEOPLE WILL FIND IT MORE COMFORTABLE TO INDICATE THEIR WILLINGNESS TO RETURN AND THAT MORE OF THEM WILL COME FORWARD AND ASK TO GO BACK.”

IN ANOTHER MEASURE, MR HANSON SAID HE HOPED THAT CONSULATE STAFF FROM MAJOR RESETTLEMENT COUNTRIES WOULD VISIT DETENTION CENTRES AND GIVE "FACE THE REALITY" TALKS TO THE BOAT PEOPLE.

"THE OBJECTIVE IS TO EXPLAIN TO THE BOAT PEOPLE THAT ONCE THEY ARE SCREENED OUT AS NON-REFUGEES, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO CHANCE OF THEM BEING RESETTLED OVERSEAS; THEY CAN ONLY REMAIN IN DETENTION PENDING REPATRIATION TO VIETNAM," HE SAID.

"THIS IS THE REALITY THE BOAT PEOPLE HAVE TO FACE.

"ALL THESE MEASURES ARE ADDITIONAL ENCOURAGEMENT TO VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION.

"WE HOPE TO EXPAND THE CAPACITY OF THE LO WU HOLDING CENTRE FROM ABOUT 500 TO 1,000."

AT PRESENT THERE ARE 395 VOLUNTARY RETURNEES STAYING AT LO WU.

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POLITICAL ADVISER * *

TO VISIT GUANGDONG' t ♦ *

MR WILLIAM

THE POLITICAL ADVISER, INTRODUCTORY VISIT TO GUANGDONG ON SEPTEMBER

EHRMAN, WILL 11 AND 12.

PAY

HE WILL HOLD TALKS WITH THE GU£NGDONG

PROVINCIAL

FOREIGN AFFAIRS IN CANTON ON SEPTEMBER 11 AND WILL VISIT

MINISTRY SHENZHEN

AN

OF

ON

SEPTEMBER 12.

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HK'S BROADCASTING INDUSTRY TO EXPERIENCE UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH $ $ $ $ $

BROADCASTING INDUSTRY WILL THE TERRITORY HAS NEVER SEEN NEWS AND INFORMATION AND

EXPERIENCE A GROWTH.

IN VIEW OF GROWING

THE RAPID PROGRESS IN

HONG KONG’S THE LIKES OF WHICH GLOBAL DEMAND FOR

TECHNOLOGY.

SA1D thI^M?? hSSu ^T‘?IstS

(THURSDAY).

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IT WAS THE SECRETARY'S FIRST VISIT TO THE STATION SINCE HE TOOK UP RESPONSIBLILITY FOR BROADCASTING POLICY EARLIER THIS MONTH.

M CHUI EXPRESSED GREAT INTEREST IN RTHK’S FUTURE INDEPENDENCE.

HE SAID HE HAD FULL CONFIDENCE IN THE STATION’S TRANSITION TO INDEPENDENT BROADCASTING STATUS.

"GIVEN MORE FREEDOM. INDEPENDENCE AND FLEXIBILITY IN THE AREAS OF EDITORIAL, PRODUCTION AND ADMINISTRATION, RTHK WILL HAVE GREATER POTENTIAL FOR DEVELOPMENT AND WILL BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE MORE TO SOCIETY," HE SAID.

THE SECRETARY TOURED THE DIFFERENT DIVISIONS AT RTHK, AND EXCHANGED VIEWS WITH ITS STAFF.

HE WAS ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT BY THE DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING. MISS CHEUNG MAN-YEE; ACTING DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING, MR CHU PUI-HING: AND ASSISTANT DIRECTORS OF BROADCASTING. MR SIMON LUN AND MISS MARIA WAN.

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SITE ACCIDENTS CONTINUE TO GO UP

THERE WAS A SLIGHT INCREASE IN THE TOTAL NUMBER OF INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR, DESPITE A DECLINE IN THE ACCIDENT RATE IN VARIOUS INDIVIDUAL INDUSTRIES.

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT 18,664 ACCIDENTS WITH 47 FATALITIES WERE REPORTED BETWEEN JANUARY AND JUNE THIS YEAR.

"THESE COMPARED WITH 18,265 ACCIDENTS AND 32 FATALITIES RECORDED IN THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF LAST YEAR," HE ADDED.

THE SPOKESMAN NOTED THAT THE GREATEST INCREASE, AS IN THE PAST, WAS IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY WHICH HAD RISEN BY 11 PER CENT TO 8,693 ACCIDENTS WITH 31 FATALITIES.

THE SITUATION FOR THE MINING AND QUARRYING, UTILITIES, TRANSPORT AND OTHER SERVICING INDUSTRIES, WHICH ACCOUNTED FOR 1,892 ACCIDENTS WITH 10 FATALITIES, REMAINED RELATIVELY UNCHANGED.

HOWEVER, THE ACCIDENT RATE FOR THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY HAD DROPPED BY SIX PER CENT FROM 8,636 ACCIDENTS WITH TWO FATALITIES IN THE FIRST HALF OF LAST YEAR TO 8,159 ACCIDENTS AND SIX DEATHS IN THE SAME PERIOD THIS YEAR.

A SHARP DECREASE IN ACCIDENTS WAS RECORDED IN THE ELECTRONICS, PLASTICS AND SHIPBUILDING AND REPAIRING INDUSTRIES - DOWN RESPECTIVELY FROM 501,695 AND 379 CASES IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1988 TO 379,532 AND 298 CASES IN THE SAME PERIOD THIS YEAR.

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"THE MAJOR CAUSES OF THE INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENTS WERE STEPPING ON OR STRIKING AGAINST OBJECTS (5.424 CASES), HANDLING WITHOUT MACHINERY (3,663 CASES), MACHINERY (2,845 CASES). HAND TOOLS (1.281 CASES). FALL OF PERSONS (1,229 CASES) AND FALLING OBJECTS (1,099 CASES)," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THE REST RELATED TO TRANSPORT. HOT OR CORROSIVE SUBSTANCE,

FIRE OR EXPLOSION. ELECTRICITY AND OTHERS.

"AN ANALYSIS OF THE FATAL CASES ALSO SHOWED THAT OF THE 47 WORKERS KILLED. 31 WERE EMPLOYED IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY.

"THEY INCLUDED 21 WORKERS KILLED LN FALLS FROM HEIGHT. FIVE BY FALLING OBJECTS, TWO BY MACHINERY, TWO BY FIRE OR EXPLOSION, AND ONE BY ELECTRICITY."

DEATHS IN THE MANUFACTURING AND OTHER INDUSTRIES WERE CAUSED BY FALL OF PERSONS (EIGHT CASES), MACHINERY (TWO CASES), TRANSPORT (TWO CASES), HOT OR CORROSIVE SUBSTANCE (ONE CASE), ELECTRICITY (ONE CASE), FALLING OBJECTS (ONE CASE) AND REASONS NOT YET ASCERTAINED (ONE CASE), TRE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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NOMINATIONS FOR TSING YI SOUTH CONSTITUENCY BY-ELECTION ******

A BY-ELECTION FOR THE TSING YI SOUTH CONSTITUENCY IN KWAI TSING DISTRICT WIL BE CONDUCTED TO FILL THE VACANCY LEFT BY THE RESIGNATION OF DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER MR LI CHI-FAI.

THE VACANCY IS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE CURRENT TERM ENDING MARCH 31. 1991.

NOMINATIONS WILL BE CALLED FOR ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, BY A NOTICE IN THE GAZETTE.

NOMINATION FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 11) AT THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICE. 10TH FLOOR, KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 166-174 HING FONG ROAD, KWAI CHUNG AND THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION, 10TH FLOOR, HARBOUR CENTRE, WAN CHAI .

INTENDING CANDIDATES MUST BE REGISTERED ELECTORS ON THE GENERAL ELECTORAL ROLL AND HAVE BEEN RESIDENT IN HONG KONG FOR THE 10 YEARS IMMEDIATELY PRECEDING NOMINATION.

A CANDIDATE CAN BE A RESIDENT ANYWHERE IN HONG KONG: BUT HE CAN BE NOMINATED ONLY BY REGISTERED ELECTORS IN THE TSING YI SOUTH CONSTITUENCY.

EACH NOMINATION REQUIRES 10 SUBSCRIBERS AND EACH SUBSCRIBER MAY GIVE SUPPORT TO ONLY ONE CANDIDATE.

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THE TSING YI SOUTH CONSTITUENCY COVERS THE SOUTHERN HALF OF TSING YI ISLAND INCLUDING CHEUNG CHING ESTATE AND MAYFAIR GARDENS. IT HAS A REGISTERED ELECTORATE OF 9,343.

NOMINATIONS WILL CLOSE ON SEPTEMBER 28. UNLESS THE SEAT IS UNCONTESTED. A BY-ELECTION WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 19.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE TO THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICE ON TEL. 0-4212855 OR TO THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION ON TEL. 5-8934796.

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FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT * * * t t

SOUTHERN DISTRICT RESIDENTS WILL BE TREATED TO A WEEK OF FUN. GAMES AND ENTERTAINMENT IN A NUMBER OF ACTIVITIES TO BE HELD IN DIFFERENT AREAS TO CELEBRATE THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL.

THESE ACTIVITIES, TO START ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 10), RANGE FROM CARNIVAL AND VARIETY SHOW, TO CONCERT AND CANTONESE OPERA. THERE WILL ALSO BE LANTERN EXHIBITIONS, LANTERN RIDDLES AND LANTERN DESIGN COMPETITIONS.

SPONSORED BY THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD AND THE URBAN COUNCIL, THE ACTIVITIES ARE BEING ORGANISED BY MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS, RESIDENTS’ ASSOCIATIONS AND OTHER LOCAL BODIES.

"WE HOPE THE ACTIVITIES WILL PROVIDE ENTERTAINMENT FOR RESIDENTS, AND ALSO HELP PROMOTE NEIGHBOURLINESS AND BOOST COMMUNITY SPIRIT." A DISTRICT BOARD SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

DETAILS OF THE CELEBRATION ACTIVITIES ARE AS FOLLOWS :

DATE/TIME EVENT VENUE

SEPTEMBER 10 7 PM-11 PM LEI TUNG ESTATE VARIETY SHOW LEI TUNG COMMUNITY HALL, AP LEI CHAU

SEPTEMBER 10 7 PM-11 PM WONG CHUK HANG CANTONESE OPERATIC PERFORMANCE WONG CHUK HANG ESTATE OPEN SPACE

SEPTEMBER 13 7 PM-11 PM SHEK PAI WAN CARNIVAL SHEK PAI WAN NO. 1 SOCCER PITCH

SEPTEMBER 15 2.30 PM-10 PM YUE FAI COURT CARNIVAL YUE FAI COURT PODIUM, ABERDEEN

SEPTEMBER 15 6 PM-10.30 PM STANLEY, SHEK 0 AND BAYS CARNIVAL AND SHEK 0 BEACH CARPARK

VARIETY SHOW

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SEPTEMBER 15 8 PM-10.30 PM

WAH FU ESTATE VARIETY SHOW

WAH HONG SQUARE. WAH FL’ ESTATE

SEPTEMBER 16 7.30 PM -10.30 PM

BAGUIO VILLA VARIETY SHOW

UPPER BAGUIO VILLA PLAYGROUND.

POK FU LAM

SEPTEMBER 16 7 PM-11 PM

AP LEI CHAU ESTATE VARIETY SHOW

AP LEI CHAU ESTATE OPEN SPACE

SEPTEMBER 17 7 PM-11 PH

TIN WAN CONCERT

TIN WAN ESTATE SOCCER PITCH

FOR THE STANLEY. SHEK 0 AND BAYS CARNIVAL AND VARIETY SHOW. FREE COACH SERVICES WILL OPERATE FROM STANLEY. BIG WAVE BAY AND REPULSE BAY TO TAKE RESIDENTS TO THE VENUE AT SHEK 0.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE COACH SERVICE CAN BE MADE BY CALLING THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE'S STANLEY SUB-OFFICE ON TEL. 5-8130305.

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LANTERN CARNIVAL FOR KOWLOON CITY RESIDENTS

THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT WILL CELEBRATE THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL WITH A LANTERN CARNIVAL ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 10) AT THE ARGYLE STREET PLAYGROUND.

THE CARNIVAL. TO BE HELD FROM 7 PM TO 10.30 PM, WILL BE OPEN TO ALL RESIDENTS OF THE DISTRICT.

THERE WILL BE A WIDE VARIETY OF ITEMS, INCLUDING DEMONSTRATIONS OF TRADITIONAL CRAFTS SUCH AS FLOUR DOLL MAKING AND PAPER CUTTING. AND A CHINESE CHESS COMPETITION.

FOR THOSE PREFERRING MUSIC AND DANCE. A TWO-HOUR VARIETY SHOW WILL START AT 8.30 PM, WITH PERFORMANCES BY POPULAR SINGERS AND DANCE GROUPS FROM THE DISTRICT’S ARTS AND CULTURE COUNCIL.

THE LANTERN CARNIVAL IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD AND DISTRICT OFFICE, THE URBAN COUNCIL, AND THE DISTRICT'S ARTS AND CULTURE COUNCIL.

THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT OFFICER. MR ALEX FONG; URBAN COUNCILLOR MR PAO PING-WING; DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER MR FONG PU1-SHEUNG; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT ARTS AND CULTURE COUNCIL. MR WU WING-KAI, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CARNIVAL'S OPENING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

/MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1989

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MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT MID-AUTUMN LANTERN CARNIVAL TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 10) AT THE ARGYLE STREET PLAYGROUND.

THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BEGIN AT 8 PM.

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TWO GOVT LOTS FOR SALE BY TENDER

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THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT IS OFFERING TWO PIECES OF GOVERNMENT LAND FOR SALE BY TENDER.

THE FIRST ONE IS A 2.580-SQUARE-METRE LOT AT CHEUNG SHA. LANTAU ISLAND, EARMARKED FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

THE BUILDING COVENANT STIPULATED THAT THE DEVELOPER HAS TO COMPLETE A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF NOT LESS THAN 516 SQUARE METRES BEFORE DECEMBER 31. 1992.

THE OTHER LOT. MEASURING ABOUT 1,900 SQUARE METRES, IS LOCATED AT CHUN FAI ROAD, HONG KONG.

IT IS FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES EXCLUDING RESIDENTIAL. GODOWNS. HOTELS, OFFICES AND RESTAURANTS BUT INCLUDING SUPERMARKETS AND RETAIL SHOPS.

THE DEVELOPER IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF NOT LESS THAN 1,800 SQUARE METRES BEFORE DECEMBER 31, 1993.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING TENDERS FOR THE CHEUNG SHA LOT IS NOON ON OCTOBER 6 AND FOR THE LOT AT CHUN FAI ROAD IS NOON ON OCTOBER 27.

TENDER FORMS, TENDER NOTICE AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM AND TENDER PLAN INSPECTED AT 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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CONSTRUCTION OF THE PHASE 1 WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR TIN SHUI WAI DEVELOPMENT WILL START LATER THIS YEAR.

TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE PHASE ONE SYSTEM WHICH WILL SERVE A TARGET POPULATION OF ABOUT 140,000.

THE PROJECT INCLUDES LAYING A TRUNK MAIN FROM AU TAU TO YUEN - > LONG, FRESH AND FLUSHING WATER RETICULATION SYSTEMS AND MAINLAYING BETWEEN WANG CHAU SERVICE RESERVOIR AND TIN SHUI WAI.

CONSTRUCTION WORK WILL START IN NOVEMBER. WORK ON THE TRUNK MAIN BETWEEN AU TAU AND YUEN LONG IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY END 1992, ON THE RETICULATION SYSTEMS TO BE COMPLETED BY END 1993, AND ON THE MAINLAYING BY THE END OF NEXT YEAR.

TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE NOON ON SEPTEMBER 29.

* :

THE LAND IN TIN SHUI WAI, ORIGINALLY COMPRISED MAINLY OF FISHPONDS, IS BEING FORMED BY USING SOME 20 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF DREDGED MARINE SAND FROM OUTER DEEP BAY. TO DATE, ABOUT 65 HECTARES OF LAND HAS BEEN FORMED.

PILING WORK FOR THE FIRST PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE THERE HAS BEGUN IN MARCH.

BY END 1991, THE FIRST RESIDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO MOVE INTO THE NEW TOWN.

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THREE SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO BE BUILT IN YUEN LONG

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THREE NEW "FLEXI-DESIGN" SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN YUEN LONG UNDER TWO SEPARATE CONTRACTS.

THE FIRST CONTRACT INVOLVES BUILDING TWO SCHOOLS, INTERLOCKED WITH EACH OTHER, ON A 11,570-SQUARE-METRE SITE IN AREA 74, HUNG SHUI KIU.

THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SECONDARY SCHOOL OF THE SAME DESIGN ON A 6,100-SQUARE-METRE SITE IN AREA 6 WILL BE AWARDED UNDER A SEPARATE CONTRACT.

/EACH OF

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 1989

EACH OF THE THREE SCHOOLS WILL HAVE A GENERAL CLASSROOM BLOCK WITH 26 CLASSROOMS AND THREE REMEDIAL TEACHING ROOMS, A SPECIAL BLOCK WITH 14 SPECIAL ROOMS, AN ASSEMBLY HALL AND A BASKETBALL COURT.

WORKS UNDER THE CONTRACTS ARE EXPECTED TO COMMENCE AROUND NOVEMBER THIS YEAR AND TAKE ABOUT 18 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON OCTOBER 6.

THE FOLLOWING IS ISSUED BY THE HONG KONG ECONOMIC AND TRADE OFFICE IN NEW YORK:

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HK NEEDS HELP FROM ALL TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE t * * t ♦

CHINA, BRITAIN AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY MUST ALL HELP HONG KONG TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE IN ITS FUTURE THAT HAD BEEN SO BADLY SHAKEN IN THE AFTERMATH OF EVENTS IN PEKING ON JUNE 4, EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, DR DANIEL TSE, TOLD AMERICANS YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA.

HE WAS ADDRESSING A GATHERING OF ACADEMICS, POLITICIANS, OFFICIALS AND BUSINESSMEN AT THE SOUTHERN CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES.

’’BECAUSE HONG KONG IS SO IMPORTANT TO SO MANY PEOPLE IN SO MANY WAYS, WE MUST NOT ALLOW THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG TO GO SOUR BY DEFAULT," DR TSE SAID.

"WE MUST DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO RESTORE THE CONFIDENCE THAT HAS BEEN BADLY SHAKEN. BUT WE KNOW OUR EFFORTS ALONE ARE NOT ENOUGH.

"WE MUST DEMAND THAT CHINA WILL DO SOMETHING CONCRETE TO RESTORE PEOPLE’S CONFIDENCE IN ITS GOVERNMENT.

"CHINA MUST TAKE SERIOUS STEPS TO SHOW TO THE WORLD COMMUNITY THAT THE RULE OF LAW EXISTS IN THE LAND AND WILL BE STRENGTHENED.

"CHINA MUST TAKE MEASURES TO ASSURE HONG KONG PEOPLE OF ITS INTENTION TO HONOUR THE JOINT DECLARATION."

DR TSE SAID WHILE CHINA HAD A GOOD RECORD IN HONOURING INTERNATIONAL TREATIES, IT HAD TO EXTEND THIS RECORD BY MAKING SURE THAT THE BASIC LAW WHICH WOULD GOVERN THE FUTURE HONG KONG. SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION WOULD REFLECT TRULY IN SPIRIT AND IN LETTER, THE AGREEMENTS LAID DOWN IN THE JOINT DECLARATION.

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’’CHINA MUST ALLOW HONG KONG TO DEVELOP ITS OWN DEMOCRATIC AND FREE POLITICAL SYSTEM AT ITS OWN PACE AS A CAPITALIST FREE SOCIETY SHOULD. AND NOT MAKE INTERFERING OR THREATENING REMARKS TO INTIMIDATE THE PEOPLE WHO EXERCISE THEIR FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION.”

HE SAID BRITAIN TOO HAD TO DO SOMETHING AND IF IT WERE WILLING TO ACCEDE TO HONG KONG’S DEMAND FOR FULL CITIZENSHIP RIGHTS FOR THOSE RESIDENTS WHO WERE BRITISH, THOSE WHO WOULD OTHERWISE HAVE SOUGHT OVERSEAS RESIDENCE STATUS ELSEWHERE WOULD NO LONGER NEED TO DO SO.

’’THIS WOULD GIVE THE LOCAL COMMUNITY A TREMENDOUS BOOST TO CONFIDENCE AND LESSEN THE PRESSURE OF EMIGRATION. OUR OBJECTIVE IS NOT TO HELP OUR PEOPLE LEAVE HONG KONG, BUT TO HELP THEM STAY, WITH ADEQUATE SAFEGUARDS," DR TSE SAID.

EARLIER IN THE DAY DR TSE, ACCOMPANIED BY THE DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG ECONOMIC AND TRADE OFFICE IN NEW YORK, MR KERRY MCGLYNN, PAID A COURTESY CALL ON THE GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA, MR JOE FRANK HARRIS, WHO WILL BE VISITING HONG KONG NEXT MONTH.

TODAY, DR TSE WILL MEET THE MAYOR OF ATLANTA, MR ANDREW YOUNG, WHO WAS FORMERLY U.S. AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED NATIONS.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MERCHANDISE TRADE BY AIR IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 .............. 1

GOVT PLAYS A ROLE IN ASSISTING WATCH AND CLOCK INDUSTRY .... 6

LADY WILSON PRAISES DEDICATION OF DISABLED SPORTSMEN ............ 7

MOULD AND DIE INDUSTRY PROVIDES VITAL SUPPORT TO

MANUFACTURING ................................................. 7

HIGHEST STANDARDS EXPECTED OF 'BLUE BERETS' ..................... 8

ENHANCED COMMAND AND CONTROL COMPUTER SYSTEM FOR POLICE

FORCE.......................................................... 9

TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS UP 19 PER CENT............................  11

CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRES MEET DEVELOPMENT NEEDS........... 12

FERRY PIER AT LUK KING EXTENDED ................................ 1?

BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINAR IN KWUN TONG......................   15

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS WORKS PROJECTS REPORTS ................. 14

MID-AUTUMN CELEBRATION FOR THE ELDERLY.......................... 1?

NEW EMPLOYMENT OFFICE FOR KWAI CHUNG ........................... 15

NEW RECREATION CENTRE, LIBRARY ON PENG CHAU..................... 16

SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD BY AUCTION ............................ 16

REVISION OF PARKING METER FEES IN TSUEN WAN .................... 17

NT GREEN MINUBUS FARE INCREASES ................................ 18

TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN MONG KOK.............................. 19

KMB ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PLAN ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA............... 19

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MERCHANDISE TRADE BY AIR IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 t » t t t

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE BY AIR WAS VALUED AT Sill,019 MILLION IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989, 20 PER CENT HIGHER THAN THAT IN THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988, ACCORDING TO THE SUMMARY STATISTICS ON AIRBORNE MERCHANDISE TRADE IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 RELEASED TODAY (SATURDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989, AIRBORNE DOMESTIC EXPORTS, IMPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 12 PER CENT, 21 PER CENT AND 28 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN VALUE OVER THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988.

THEIR SHARES IN TOTAL DOMESTIC EXPORTS, IMPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS WERE 29 PER CENT, 20 PER CENT AND 16 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, AS COMPARED TO THE CORRESPONDING SHARES OF 27 PER CENT, 21 PER CENT AND 17 PER CENT IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1988.

IN TERMS OF WEIGHT, AIRBORNE IMPORTS AMOUNTED TO 152,411 TONNES, WHILE TOTAL AIRBORNE EXPORTS (INCLUDING DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS) AMOUNTED TO 186,380 TONNES, WHICH WERE 9 PER CENT AND 5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY HIGHER THAN IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1988.

AIRBORNE DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE 10 MAJOR MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN THE VALUE OF AIRBORNE DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO ALL MAJOR MARKETS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 OVER THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988, PARTICULARLY JAPAN (+29 PER CENT), TAIWAN (+22 PER CENT), CANADA (+21 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (+16 PER CENT) AND THE NETHERLANDS (+15 PER CENT).

AIRBORNE DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE USA AND THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, THE LARGEST AND THE THIRD LARGEST MARKETS (THE SECOND BEING JAPAN), ALSO INCREASED BY 7 PER CENT AND 11 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN VALUE.

ANALYSED BY COMMODITY, SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN THE VALUE OF AIRBORNE DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE RECORDED IN CLOTHING (BY $1,182 MILLION OR 14 PER CENT); ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $441 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT); OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $419 MILLION OR 12 PER CENT); AND MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY JEWELLERY, GOLDSMITHS’ AND SILVERSMITHS’ WARES, AND OTHER ARTICLES OF PRECIOUS OR SEMI-PRECIOUS MATERIALS (BY $398 MILLION OR 14 PER CENT).

DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN METALLIFEROUS ORES AND METAL SCRAP (BY $46 MILLION OR 79 PER CENT); POWER GENERATING MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT (BY $33 MILLION OR 36 PER CENT); AND FOOTWEAR (BY $22 MILLION OR 23 PER CENT).

/FURTHER ANALYSES .......

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FURTHER ANALYSES OF COMMODITY BY COUNTRY SHOWED INCREASES IN THE VALUE OF AIRBORNE DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF CLOTHING TO THE USA (BY $372 MILLION OR 8 PER CENT) AND TO JAPAN (BY $352 MILLION OR 50 PER CENT): ELECTRICAL MACHINERY. APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS TO THE USA (BY $124 MILLION OR 12 PER CENT) AND TO SINGAPORE (BY $75 MILLION OR 37 PER CENT); OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (BY $107 MILLION OR 55 PER CENT): AND MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY JEWELLERY, GOLDSMITHS' AND SILVERSMITHS’ WARES, AND OTHER ARTICLES OF PRECIOUS OR SEMI-PRECIOUS MATERIALS TO JAPAN (BY $192 MILLION OR 23 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN METALLIFEROUS ORES AND METAL SCRAP TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (BY $37 MILLION OR 91 PER CENT) AND TO THE UNITED KINGDOM (BY $8 MILLION OR 72 PER CENT): POWER GENERATING MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT TO SINGAPORE (BY $28 MILLION OR 79 PER CENT); AND FOOTWEAR TO THE USA (BY $22 MILLION OR 27 PER CENT).

AIRBORNE IMPORTS FROM THE 10 MAJOR SUPPLIERS ARE PRESENTED IN TABLE 2.

IMPORTS CARRIED BY AIR FROM ALL MAJOR SUPPLIERS INCREASED IN VALUE IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 OVER THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988. SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN THE VALUE OF AIRBORNE IMPORTS FROM INDIA (+58 PER CENT), ITALY (+48 PER CENT), THE USA (+36 PER CENT), TAIWAN (+27 PER CENT) AND SINGAPORE (+25 PER CENT).

AIRBORNE IMPORTS FROM JAPAN AND SWITZERLAND, THE LARGEST AND THE THIRD LARGEST SUPPLIERS (THE SECOND BEING THE USA), ALSO INCREASED BY 12 PER CENT AND 11 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN VALUE.

ANALYSED BY COMMODITY, MORE NOTABLE INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR AIRBORNE IMPORTS OF NON-METALLIC MINERAL MANUFACTURES (BY $1,796 MILLION OR 31 PER CENT); ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $1,748 MILLION OR 14 PER CENT); TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT OTHER THAN ROAD VEHICLES (BY $988 MILLION OR 225 PER CENT); AND MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY JEWELLERY, GOLDSMITHS’ AND SILVERSMITHS' WARES, AND OTHER ARTICLES OF PRECIOUS OR SEMI-PRECIOUS MATERIALS (BY $913 MILLION OR 43 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN AIRBORNE IMPORTS OF RAW HIDES, SKINS AND FURSKINS (BY $123 MILLION OR 12 PER CENT); INORGANIC CHEMICALS (BY $21 MILLION OR 5 PER CENT) AND CRUDE FERTILISERS AND CRUDE MINERALS (EXCLUDING COAL, PETROLEUM AND PRECIOUS STONES (BY $5 MILLION OR 51 PER CENT).

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ANALYSED BY COUNTRY WITHIN COMMODITY, SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN AIRBORNE IMPORTS OF NON-METALLIC MINERAL MANUFACTURES FROM INDIA (BY $755 MILLION OR 65 PER CENT) AND FROM BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG (BY $393 MILLION OR 39 PER CENT); ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF FROM THE USA (BY $527 MILLION OR 21 PER CENT) AND FROM JAPAN (BY $384 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT): TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT OTHER THAN ROAD VEHICLES FROM THE USA (BY $1,025 MILLION OR 567 PER CENT); AND MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES, INCLUDING MAINLY JEWELLERY, GOLDSMITHS’ AND SILVERSMITHS’ WARES, AND OTHER PRECIOUS AND SEMI-PRECIOUS MATERIALS FROM THE USA (BY $228 MILLION OR 58 PER CENT).

ON THE OTHER HAND. DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN AIRBORNE IMPORTS OF RAW HIDES, SKINS AND FURSKINS FROM CHINA (BY $193 MILLION OR 82 PER CENT) AND FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM (BY $26 MILLION OR 26 PER CENT); INORGANIC CHEMICALS FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM (BY $37 MILLION OR 17 PER CENT) AND CRUDE FERTILIZERS AND CRUDE MINERALS (EXCLUDING COAL. PETROLEUM AND PRECIOUS STONES) FROM THE IRISH REPUBLIC (BY $5 MILLION OR 100 PER CENT).

AIRBORNE RE-EXPORTS TO THE 10 MAJOR MARKETS ARE DEPICTED IN TABLE 3.

HONG KONG’S AIRBORNE RE-EXPORTS TO ALL MAJOR MARKETS INCREASED IN VALUE IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 OVER THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988. THE GROWTH WAS PARTICULARLY STRONG IN THAILAND (4-123 PER CENT), THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (+56 PER CENT), JAPAN (+54 PER CENT), BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG (+31 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (+30 PER CENT), THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA (+25 PER CENT) AND CHINA (+24 PER CENT).

AIRBORNE RE-EXPORTS TO THE USA AND TAIWAN, THE TOP TWO MARKETS ALSO INCREASED. BY 19 PER CENT AND 17 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY IN VALUE.

ANALYSED BY COMMODITY, MORE SIGNIFICANT INCREASES IN THE VALUE OF AIRBORNE RE-EXPORTS WERE REGISTERED FOR CLOTHING .(BY $1,126 MILLION OR 56 PER CENT); ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $833 MILLION OR 13 PER CENT); PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES AND OPTICAL GOODS, AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS (BY $779 MILLION OR 34 PER CENT); AND NON-METALLIC MINERAL MANUFACTURES (BY $724 MILLION OR 33 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS (BY $133 MILLION OR 33 PER CENT); TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT OTHER THAN ROAD VEHICLES (BY $61 MILLION OR 29 PER CENT) AND RAW HIDES, SKINS AND FURSKINS (BY $16 MILLION OR 46 PER CENT).

ANALYSED BY COUNTRY WITHIN COMMODITY, SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE REGISTERED FOR AIRBORNE RE-EXPORTS OF CLOTHING TO THE USA (BY $521 MILLION OR 46 PER CENT) AND TO JAPAN (BY $174 MILLION OR 96 PER CENT); ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF TO TAIWAN (BY $345 MILLION OR 16 PER CENT) AND TO SINGAPORE (BY $285 MILLION OR 34 PER CENT); PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES AND OPTICAL GOODS, AND WATCHES AND CLOCKS TO JAPAN (BY $296 MILLION OR 83 PER CENT); AND NON-METALLIC MINERAL MANUFACTURES TO THAILAND (BY $183 MILLION OR 111 PER CENT).

/HOWEVER, DECREASES ........

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HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED IN CRUDE ANIMAL AND VEGETABLE MATERIALS TO TAIWAN (BY $98 MILLION OR 69 PER CENT) AND TO SINGAPORE (BY $35 MILLION OR 56 PER CENT): TRANSPORT EQUIPMENT OTHER THAN ROAD VEHICLES TO THE USA (BY $37 MILLION OR 54 PER CENT) AND RAW HIDES, SKINS AND FURSKINS TO CHINA (BY $7 MILLION OR 98 PER CENT).

FURTHER DETAILS ARE PUBLISHED IN THE "HONG KONG EXTERNAL TRADE, JUNE 1989" NOW AVAILABLE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE. GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL AT $17.50 PER COPY.

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

TABLE 1 : AIRBORNE DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO 10 MAJOR MARKETS

MAJOR MARKET JAN-JUN 1989 (HKD MN.) JAN-JUN 1988 (HKD MN.) INCREASE (HKD MN.) PERCENTAGE INCREASE ( % )

USA 11,738 11,019 + 718 4 7

JAPAN 3,228 2,509 4 719 4 29

F.R. OF GERMANY 2,664 2,396 4 268 4 11

UK 1,746 1,595 4 151 4 9

SINGAPORE 1,260 1,086 + 175 4 16

CANADA 866 714 4 151 4 21

SWITZERLAND 803 729 4 74 4 10

NETHERLANDS 735 639 + 96 4 15

TAIWAN 732 602 4- 130 4 22

FRANCE 703 629 + 74 4 12

TABLE 2 : AIRBORNE IMPORTS FROM 10 MAJOR SUPPLIERS

MAJOR SUPPLIER JAN-JUN JAN-JUN INCREASE PERCENTAGE

1989 1988 INCREASE

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

JAPAN 11,757 10,543 4 1,215 4 12

USA 10,803 7,953 4 2,850 4 36

SWITZERLAND 3,665 3,294 4 371 4 11

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TAIWAN 2,571 2,021 4 550 4 27

ITALY 2,481 1,675 4 806 4 48

SINGAPORE 2,459 1,966 4 494 4 25

UK 2,200 2,112 4 88 4 4

INDIA 2,088 1,323 4 764 + 58

ISRAEL 1,998 1,735 + 262 4 15

F.R. OF GERMANY 1,939 1,665 4 274 + 16

TABLE 3 : AIRBORNE RE-EXPORTS TO 10 MAJOR MARKETS

MAJOR MARKET JAN-JUN 1989 (HKD MN.) JAN-JUN 1988 (HKD MN.) INCREASE (HKD MN.) PERCENTAGE INCREASE

( % )

USA 4,731 3,961 4 770 4 19

TAIWAN 3,913 3,338 4 576 4 17

JAPAN 3,017 1,962 ♦ 1 ,054 4 54

SINGAPORE 2,205 1,702 4 503 4 30

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 2,030 1,622 408 4 25

CHINA 1,638 1,316 + 322 4 24

F.R. OF GERMANY 1,096 704 4 393 4 56

BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG 707 539 + 167 4 31

UK 701 575 4 126 4 22

THAILAND 634 285 4 349 4 123

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GOVT PLAYS A ROLE IN ASSISTING * * * *

WATCH AND CLOCK INDUSTRY *

THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN PLAYING ITS ROLE IN ASSISTING THE LOCAL WATCH AND CLOCK INDUSTRY TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE. THE CHIEF SECRETARY. SIR DAVID FORD. SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 1989 HONG KONG INTERNATIONAL WATCH AND CLOCK FAIR ORGANISED BY THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL. SIR DAVID SAID THE INDUSTRY FACED BOTH TOUGH COMPETITION IN THE REGION IN ITS LOWER-END PRODUCTION, AND INCREASING DEMANDS FROM BUYERS FOR EVER HIGHER STANDARDS OF QUALITY.

"TO REMAIN COMPETITIVE. THE INDUSTRY NEEDS TO MOVE TOWARDS THE HIGH QUALITY END OF THE PRODUCTION SCALE AND BE INNOVATIVE IN ITS DESIGNS.

"THE GOVERNMENT IS PLAYING ITS ROLE IN ASSISTING THE INDUSTRY IN BOTH." HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD SET UP A PRECISION TOOLING TRAINING CENTRE WITHIN THE VOCATIONAL TRAINING COUNCIL.

"WE HAVE ALSO RECENTLY UNDERTAKEN A JOINT PROJECT WITH THE JAPAN INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION AGENCY WHICH WILL PROVIDE TRAINING IN THE LATEST PRECISION SHEET METAL PROCESSING TECHNIQUES." HE ADDED.

HE SAID ALTHOUGH THESE MEASURES WERF NOT DIRECTED AT THE INDUSTRY IN PARTICULAR, THEY SHOULD HELP IN ASSISTING THE WATCH AND CLOCK MANUFACTURERS TO MOVE INTO NEW AREAS OF PRODUCTION SUCH AS PRECISION PART MANUFACTURING.

SIR DAVID SAID THE INDUSTRY HAD OBVIOUSLY RECOGNISED THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD DESIGN.

"THE DESIGN COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE TRADE/FAIR COMMITTEE IS ONE OF THE MEANS TO PROMOTE ORIGINALITY AND CREATIVITY.

"HERE, THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO PLAYED ITS PART: THROUGH THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY CENTRE. WE OFFER COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN SERVICES WHICH SPECIFICALLY ADDRESS THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE LOCAL WATCH AND CLOCK INDUSTRY." HE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID THE WATCH AND CLOCK INDUSTRY WAS NOT ONLY AN IMPORTANT EMPLOYER AND AN IMPRESSIVE EXPORT EARNER, IT ALSO PROVIDED A GOOD EXAMPLE OF THE SUCCESS WITH WHICH HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING SECTOR WAS MOVING INTO HIGHER VALUE-ADDED PRODUCTION.

"THE IMPRESSIVE GROWTH OF THIS INDUSTRY EPITOMISES THE CHARACTERISTICS OF HONG KONG: A STRONG HEART TO COMPETE AND A HIGH DEGREE OF ADAPTABILITY." HE SAID.

SIR DAVID CONGRATULATED THE TRADE DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, THE FEDERATION OF HONG KONG WATCH TRADES AND INDUSTRIES. AND THE HONG KONG WATCH MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN MAKING THE EXHIBITION SUCH AN ATTRACTION.

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LADY WILSON PRAISES DEDICATION OF DISABLED SPORTSMEN * * * * *

INTERNATIONAL SPORTS EVENTS HAVE A VALUE WAY BEYOND MEDALS, LADY WILSON, WIFE OF THE GOVERNOR, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

"THE PLEASURE AND EXPERIENCE WHICH ALL THE PARTICIPANTS MUST GAIN FROM, AND THE FRIENDSHIPS THAT DEVELOP ON THESE OCCASIONS, ARE OF IMMEASURABLE BENEFIT TO ALL THOSE TAKING PART." SHE SAID.

LADY WILSON WAS SPEAKING AT THE FLAG PRESENTATION CEREMONY FOR THE HONG KONG PHYSICALLY DISABLED SPORTS TEAM.

THE TEAM WILL REPRESENT HONG KONG IN THE FIFTH FAR EAST AND SOUTH PACIFIC (FESPIC) GAMES FOR THE DISABLED IN KOBE, JAPAN.

PAYING TRIBUTE TO THE WORK OF THE HONG KONG SPORTS ASSOCIATION FOR THE PHYSICALLY DISABLED, LADY WILSON SAID THE PARTICIPATION OF DISABLED PEOPLE, IN SPORT GENERALLY, EPITOMISED THE SPIRIT WHICH WAS SO CLEARLY DESCRIBED IN THE ASSOCIATION’S MOTTO: "IT’S ABILITY, NOT DISABILITY, THAT COUNTS".

"THE COMMITMENT AND DEDICATION OF THE DISABLED SPORTSMEN, AND THEIR EXCELLENT PREVIOUS RESULTS IN WINNING A LARGE NUMBER OF MEDALS IN THE PREVIOUS FOUR MEETINGS, ARE FINE EXAMPLES OF THAT SPIRIT IN ACTION," SHE SAID.

LADY WILSON CONGRATULATED THE ASSOCIATION FOR. ITS EFFORTS IN ARRANGING SUCH EXCELLENT TRAINING PROGRAMMES FOR SPORTSMEN.

SHE ALSO THANKED ALL THE SPONSORS FOR THEIR GENEROSITY AND ENABLING HONG KONG TO PARTICIPATE IN INTERNATIONAL SPORTS EVENTS.

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MOULD AND DIE INDUSTRY PROVIDES VITAL SUPPORT TO MANUFACTURING *****

THE MOULD AND DIE INDUSTRY PROVIDES A VITAL LINK IN SUPPORT OF OTHER MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES AND THIS SUPPORT IS PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT AS HONG KONG UPGRADES INTO THE MANUFACTURE OF HIGH PRECISION AND BETTER QUALITY PRODUCTS.

THE DIRECTOR OF INDUSTRY, MR T.H. BARMA. SAID THIS AT THE INAUGURATION CEREMONY OF THE HONG KONG MOULD AND DIE COUNCIL TODAY (SATURDAY).

MR BARMA SAID THE PERFORMANCE OF OUR ASSEMBLY OPERATIONS, AND THE QUALITY AND RELIABILITY OF OUR FINISHED PRODUCTS DEPENDED TO A LARGE EXTENT ON THE SUPPORT OF THE MOULD AND DIE INDUSTRY FOR THE SUPPLY OF HIGH QUALITY AND EFFICIENT PRODUCTION TOOLINGS.

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HE POINTED OUT THAT TWO DEVELOPMENTS HAD CONTRIBUTED TO THE GROWTH OF THE MOULD AND DIE INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG.

’’FIRST." HE SAID. "WITH THE SHIFT OF OUR LABOUR INTENSIVE ASSEMBLY OPERATIONS TO LOWER LABOUR COST COUNTRIES, NOTABLY SOUTH CHINA AND THAILAND, HONG KONG HAS DEVELOPED AS A SUPPLY BASE NOT ONLY IN RESPECT OF A VARIETY OF MANUFACTURING SERVICES BUT ALSO OF MATERIALS, PARTS, COMPONENTS AND TOOLINGS WHICH CANNOT BE SOURCED FROM THESE COUNTRIES."

SECONDLY, MR BARMA SAID, IN ORDER TO COPE WITH SMALL BATCH ORDERS, SHORT PRODUCT LIFE CYCLES, STRINGENT QUALITY REQUIREMENTS, AND THE LABOUR SHORTAGE, THE MANUFACTURERS HAD TO INTRODUCE MORE EFFICIENT AND FLEXIBLE PRODUCTION METHODS.

HE SAID THIS IN TURN DEMANDED BETTER TOOLING SUPPORT.

HE ALSO NOTED THAT A STUDY OF THE METALS AND LIGHT ENGINEERING INDUSTRIES IN 1988 REVEALED THAT THE MOULD AND DIE INDUSTRY WAS FRAGMENTED, CONSISTED OF A LARGE NUMBER OF SMALL BUSINESSES AND HAD NO REPRESENTATIVE BODY FOR MOULD AND DIE MAKERS IN HONG KONG.

"HAVING CONSIDERED THE STUDY FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS, THE METALS COMMITTEE OF THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT BOARD AGREED THAT IT WOULD BE BENEFICIAL TO FORM A TRADE ASSOCIATION TO PROMOTE AND REPRESENT THE MOULD AND DIE INDUSTRIES," MR BARMA SAID.

HE SAID THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE HONG KONG MOULD AND DIE COUNCIL WAS TIMELY IN THAT IT HELPED TO FOCUS PUBLIC ATTENTION ON THE INDUSTRIES’ GROWING IMPORTANCE IN MANUFACTURING.

"WHILE THERE ARE NO ACCURATE STATISTICS ON THE MOULD AND DIE INDUSTRIES. IT IS THOUGHT THAT THERE ARE MORE THAN 2,000 MOULD AND DIE FACTORIES IN HONG KONG, EMPLOYING OVER 15,000 WORKERS," MR BARMA SAID.

"IN 1988, DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF MOULDS AND DIES REACHED $950 MILLION, REPRESENTING A SIX-FOLD INCREASE COMPARED WITH THAT IN 1983," HE ADDED.

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HIGHEST STANDARDS EXPECTED OF ’BLUE BERETS’

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THE REPUTATION OF THE POLICE TACTICAL UNIT. OR AS "BLUE BERETS". IS WELL KNOWN TO THE CITIZENS OF COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR RAYMON ANNING, SAID.

COMMONLY KNOWN

HONG KONG, THE

COMPANY AT

ANNING SAID

SUDDEN

ADDRESSING A PASSING-OUT PARADE OF THE "ECHO PTU HEADQUARTERS IN FANLING LAST (FRIDAY) NIGHT, MR PTU WAS ALWAYS TO THE FORE, NOT ONLY IN TIMES OF UNEXPECTED EVENTS, BUT ALSO AT MORE ROUTINE CROWD CONTROL

THE THE

OR AND

ANTI-CRIME DUTIES.

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THE PUBLIC HAD COME, QUITE RIGHTLY, TO EXPECT THE HIGHEST STANDARDS OF DUTY PERFORMANCE FROM WEARERS OF THE ’’BLUE BERET”, HE SAID.

ON THE EXPANSION PROGRAMME OF THE PTU, MR ANNING SAID THE MOST UP TO DATE FACILITIES WOULD BE COMPLETED AT THE NEW DEPOT AT VOLUNTEER SLOPES FOR OCCUPATION BY NEW TRAINEES IN THE COMING MONTHS.

"IN 1991. THE SECOND PHASE WILL BE COMPLETED WHICH WILL PROVIDE THE FORCE WITH THE MOST ADVANCED COMPLEX OF FIRING RANGES AVAILABLE IN HONG KONG.

’’CLEARLY THESE DEVELOPMENTS WILL GREATLY ENHANCE THE CIRCUMSTANCES UNDER WHICH OFFICERS ARE TRAINED IN THE TACTICS AND SKILLS OF THE PTU,” THE POLICE CHIEF SAID.

TURNING TO THE BRIGHT APPEARANCE OF THE OFFICERS ON PARADE. MR ANNING SAID THEIR SMART AND PROFESSIONAL TURNOUT HAD LONG BEEN A SUBJECT OF FAVOURABLE COMMENT BY VISITORS TO HONG KONG FROM OVERSEAS.

THE ’’ECHO” COMPANY. COMMANDED BY SUPERINTENDENT LEE WAI-LAM, COMPRISES 140 OFFICERS WHO WERE DRAWN FROM DIFFERENT RANKS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES REGION.

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ENHANCED COMMAND AND CONTROL COMPUTER SYSTEM FOR POLICE FORCE

PREPARING TO GO "LIVE” NEXT YEAR AT THE POLICE KOWLOON REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS IS THE FIRST PHASE OF THE FORCE’S HUGE NEW ENHANCED COMMAND AND CONTROL COMPUTER SYSTEM (ECACCS).

AT THE PRESS OF A BUTTON NEXT SEPTEMBER AS STAFF END THEIR DUTY SHIFT AT THE OLD CONTROL CENTRE THE KOWLOON SYSTEM WILL BE SWITCHED INTO ITS NEW CUSTOM-BUILT AND DESIGNED COMPUTER SUITE, MANNED BY SPECIALLY TRAINED PERSONNEL.

THE KOWLOON COMMAND CENTRE WILL FORM THE PROTOTYPE FOR SIMILAR SYSTEMS TO BE INSTALLED IN POLICE HEADQUARTERS AND THE NEW TERRITORIES REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION.

THE FIRST FOUR TERMINALS, DESIGNED AND BUILT FOR THE PROJECT, HAVE BEEN DELIVERED AND THE COMPUTER IS DUE TO ARRIVE NEXT MONTH. PROGRAMMERS ARE NOW WORKING ON THE FINAL STAGES OF THE PREPARATION OF MATERIAL INPUT THAT HAS BEEN THEIR FULL TIME JOB FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS.

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THE MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR SCHEME, WHICH INCLUDES COMPREHENSIVE RESOURCE DEPLOYMENT SUB-SYSTEM, WILL EMBRACE AND EXPAND THE FORCE BEAT RADIO SYSTEM AND PROVIDE COMPUTER LINKS BETWEEN ALL REGIONAL COMMAND AND CONTROL CENTRES AND INTERFACES WITH THE POLICE OPERATIONAL NOMINAL INDEX COMPUTER SYSTEM (PONICS) AND THE VEHICLE AND LICENCING IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM (VALID).

IT WILL BE THE LARGEST COMPUTER SYSTEM IN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

THE STAFF OFFICER (ECACCS SUPPORT) IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY BRANCH, MR ALEX MCNAIR. SAID: "AFTER ALL THESE YEARS OF TALKING ABOUT IT WE NOW HAVE SOMETHING TANGIBLE. WE’VE REACHED THE STAGE WHEN THE SYSTEM IS BEING BUILT. THE PROTOTYPE CONSOLE IS THERE AND OTHERS ARE GOING INTO PRODUCTION.

"THERE WILL BE NO PRODUCTION PROBLEMS ON THE PROGRAMMING SIDE. THERE’S BEEN A BIG TEAM WORKING ON IT FOR YEARS."

THE NEW KOWLOON HEADQUARTERS CONTROL CENTRE WILL LINK ALL DISTRICTS AND DIVISIONS AND PROVIDE INSTANT LINKS WITH TRAFFIC AND PATROL OFFICERS ON BEATS.

WHEN THE SYSTEM GOES "LIVE" THE OUTDATED CONTROL CENTRE WILL BE REPLACED WITH A NEW CONTROLLER COMMANDING A STAFF OF 80 IN A HUGE PURPOSE-BUILT ROOM IN WHICH THE COMFORT AND EFFICIENCY OF THE PERSONNEL AT WORK HAS BEEN DESIGNED WITH THE SAME EYE FOR DETAIL AS THE "STATE OF THE ART" EQUIPMENT.

THE EQUIPMENT WILL BE QUIET, THE ROOM CARPETED AND WINDOWED. THE SPACIOUS SURROUNDINGS WILL BE PLANTED WITH DECORATIVE SHRUBS. EVEN THE CHAIRS WHICH WILL BE OCCUPIED FOR AN ENTIRE SHIFT SOMETIMES CONTINUOUSLY, HAVE BEEN CHOSEN FOR COMFORT.

THE COMPUTER AREA WILL BE RESTRICTED TO WORKERS ONLY. STAFF NOT REQUIRED WILL BE ALLOCATED A SEPARATE AREA FOR RESTING OR HAVING REFRESHMENT. THE CENTRE WILL HAVE ITS OWN LAVATORIES, SHOWERS AND KITCHEN.

STAFF FOR THE NEW CONTROL CENTRES WILL BE SPECIALLY TRAINED IN A THREE-WEEK COURSE, STARTING NEXT MAY.

MR MCNAIR SAID THE STAFFING OF CONTROL CENTRES IN THE FUTURE WOULD HAVE TO CHANGE FROM ITS PRESENT SYSTEM OF SELECTION BY DRAWING ON PEOPLE BECAUSE THEY WERE AVAILABLE.

"WE'RE HEAVILY INVOLVED IN TRAINING TO GET THE BEST WE CAN FROM THE PEOPLE WORKING IN THE CONTROL CENTRES. THEY WILL HAVE TO WORK THERE FOR A REASONABLE TIME.

"WE FORESEE THAT THE CONTROL STAFF OF ECACCS WILL GET JOB SATISFACTION WORKING IN THEM.

"IT’S VERY EXCITING THAT WHAT WAS STARTED AS LONG AGO AS 1982 IS NOW AT LAST COMING TOGETHER."

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TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS UP 19 PER CENT

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IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 1989-90, THE TRANSPORT COMPLAINTS UNIT (TCU) OF THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE RECEIVED A TOTAL OF 2.745 COMPLAINTS. AN INCREASE OF 19 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS QUARTER.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TCU TODAY (SATURDAY) SAID 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 223 COMPLAINTS COVERING HONG KONG ISLAND. KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES. COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS QUARTER, THERE WAS AN INCREASE OF 39 CASES OR 21 PER CENT.

ON THE STANDARD OF FRANCHISED BUS SERVICE, THERE WAS A TOTAL OF 519 COMPLAINTS. AN INCREASE OF 64 PER CENT COMPARED WITH 317 COMPLAINTS IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER. THESE COMPLAINTS WERE TAKEN UP INDIVIDUALLY WITH THE BUS COMPANIES CONCERNED.

THE NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS AGAINST TAXI SERVICES DECREASED BY 14 PER CENT FROM 455 CASES IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER TO 390 CASES.

THESE COMPLAINTS WERE MOSTLY CONCERNED WITH TAXI DRIVERS NOT TAKING THE MOST DIRECT ROUTE1NG. OVERCHARGING. REFUSING HIRE OR SOLICITING PASSENGERS. FAILING TO REACH DESTINATIONS, AND MISCONDUCT OR DRIVING IN A POOR MANNER.

THE NUMBERS OF COMPLAINTS RELATED TO RAIL TRANSPORT SERVICES AND FERRY SERVICES ROSE FROM LAST QUARTER'S 51 CASES TO 58 CASES, AND FROM 21 CASES TO 25 CASES RESPECTIVELY. THE MAIN AREAS OF COMPLAINT INCLUDE PASSENGER SERVICES AND FACILITIES.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID COMPLAINTS ABOUT ROAD CONGESTION INCREASED BY 65 PER CENT TO 372 CASES.

AMONG THEM, 103 WERE ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 173 IN KOWLOON, 92 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND FOUR IN TUNNEL AREAS.

FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO ROAD CONGESTION INCLUDED TRAFFIC ENGINEERING MATTERS. VEHICLE OBSTRUCTION. AND ROAD WORKS.

COMPLAINTS ABOUT TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT MEASURES DROPPED BY 12 PER CENT FROM 266 CASES IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER TO 233 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 INCREASED BY 48 PER CENT FROM 162 CASES IN THE PREVIOUS QUARTER TO 239 CASES.

THE MAJOR AREAS OF COMPLAINTS WERE DEFECTIVE ROAD SURFACES, FAULTY TRAFFIC LIGHTS AND DAMAGED TRAFFIC SIGNS/AIDS.

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TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT CASES STOOD AT 396 IN THE QUARTER. AN INCREASE OF 28 CASES OR EIGHT 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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CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRES MEET DEVELOPMENT NEEDS

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SERVICES BY CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRES MEET THE DEVELOPMENT NEEDS OF DIFFERENT GROUPS OF YOUNG PEOPLE, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE (YOUTH AND REHABILITATION), MR KWOK KA-CH1, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE BELVEDERE GARDEN CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE OF THE HONG KONG CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES IN TSUEN WAN, MR KWOK SAID YOUNG PEOPLE, APART FROM TAKING PART IN MEANINGFUL RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AT THESE CENTRES, COULD ALSO BE ASSISTED BY PROFESSIONAL SOCIAL WORKERS IN DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF THEIR DEVELOPMENT.

’’THESE CENTRES ENABLE YOUNG PEOPLE TO WIDEN THEIR KNOWLEDGE, BUILD UP THEIR CONFIDENCE AND DEVELOP THEIR SOCIAL SKILLS, POTENTIALS, ANALYTICAL ABILITY AND INDEPENDENCE, WHICH ARE BENEFICIAL TO HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT," MR KWOK SAID.

’’THE FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PROGRAMMES PROVIDED BY THESE CENTRES HELP YOUTHS TO UNDERSTAND THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES FOR THEIR FAMILIES, WHICH IN TURN HELP IMPROVE THE RELATIONSHIP AMONG FAMILY MEMBERS AND RAISE THE QUALITY OF FAMILY LIFE.

"ALSO, THE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROGRAMMES PROVIDED BY THESE CENTRES ENABLE YOUNG PEOPLE TO DEVELOP A SENSE OF BELONGING AND RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS THE COMMUNITY," HE ADDED.

MR KWOK NOTED THAT APART FROM THE BELVEDERE GARDEN CENTRE, THERE WERE NOW THREE CHILDREN'S CENTRES, ONE YOUTH CENTRE AND SEVEN CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRES IN TSUEN WAN TO SERVE THE 220,000 POPULATION THERE.

WHEN TWO MORE CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRES WERE OPENED IN THE DISTRICT EARLY NEXT YEAR, THE TARGET OF PROVIDING ONE SUCH CENTRE FOR EVERY 20,000 TO 30,000 POPULATION WOULD BE MET, HE ADDED.

MR KWOK COMMENDED THE HONG KONG CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES FOR PROVIDING A WIDE RANGE OF SERVICES, INCLUDING CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRES, FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES AND SOCIAL WORK UNITS. TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY.

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FERRY PIER AT LUK KENG EXTENDED *****

RESIDENTS IN YAM O AND PICNICKERS WILL FIND IT MORE CONVENIENT TO TRAVEL TO AND FROM TSUEN WAN WITH THE COMPLETION OF AN EXTENSION TO THE FERRY PIER IN LUK KENG ON LANTAU ISLAND.

YAM O, A SMALL VILLAGE SITUATED AT THE NORTHEASTERN PART OF LANTAU, IS A SCENIC SPOT WHICH ATTRACTS INCREASING NUMBERS OF VISITORS AND HIKERS DURING WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE LUK KENG FERRY PIER EXTENSION TODAY (SATURDAY), THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIAM SHIU, SAID WITH THE IMPROVED PIER, THE "KAITOS" WOULD NO LONGER FIND IT DIFFICULT TO MOOR AT LUK KENG DURING LOW TIDES.

"THE EXTENSION PROJECT COSTS ABOUT $500,000 AND HAS TAKEN LESS THAN A YEAR TO COMPLETE UNDER THE CLOSE SUPERVISION OF THE WORKS SECTION OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE," HE SAID.

THE PROJECT IS ONE OF THE MAJOR ITEMS UNDER THE DISTRICT'S LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME.

AS FOR TO THE WORKS SECTION OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE, MR SHIU SAID IT WAS MAINLY RESPONSIBLE FOR PLANNING AND IMPLEMENTING PROJECTS UNDER THE LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS PROGRAMME AND THE MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME MONITORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

"PROJECTS IMPLEMENTED BY THE WORKS SECTION . IN RECENT YEARS INCLUDED THE CONSTRUCTION OF ACCESS ROADS AND FOOTBRIDGES IN THE RURAL AREAS OF TSUEN WAN.

"IN THE CURRENT FINANCIAL YEAR, OVER $1.5 MILLION HAS BEEN EARMARKED FOR WORKS SUCH AS THE IMPROVEMENT OF A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND AT TSING LUNG TAU AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF A DRAINAGE SYSTEM AT WO YI HOP VILLAGE," HE SAID.

MR SHIU SAID IT WAS HOPED THAT THESE PROJECTS WOULD HELP TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT AND LIVING CONDITIONS OF RESIDENTS.

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BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINAR IN KWUN TONG

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THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR DAVID LAN, WILL ADDRESS A GATHERING OF 300 KWUN TONG RESIDENTS AT A SEMINAR ON MULTI-STOREY BUILDING MANAGEMENT TOMORROW (SUNDAY).

THE PARTICIPANTS ARE MOSTLY MEMBERS OF AREA COMMITTEES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OWNERS’ CORPORATIONS WHO HAVE BEEN INVITED TO SHARE THEIR VIEWS ON MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS IN PRIVATE AND PUBLIC HOUSING, AS WELL AS IN HOME OWNERSHIP SCHEME BUILDINGS.

/ORGANISED BY ........

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ORGANISED BY THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD'S HOUSING COMMITTEE, THE SEMINAR WILL BE HELD FROM 2 PM TO 5.30 PM AT THE LOK WAH ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE.

MR LAN WILL BE ACCOMPANIED BY THE DEPUTY REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR FUNG KWOK-KEUNG, AND THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICER, MR CHRIS WAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SEMINAR ON MULTI-STOREY BUILDING MANAGEMENT FOR KWUN TONG RESIDENTS AT THE LOK WAH ESTATE COMMUNITY CENTRE TOMORROW (SUNDAY). THE SEMINAR WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM.

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS WORKS PROJECTS REPORTS * * t ♦ *

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD’S WORKS PROJECTS COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS A NUMBER OF PROGRESS REPORTS ON WORKS PROJECTS IN THE DISTRICT AT ITS MEETING ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 11).

THE REPORTS OVER BUILDING, PUBLIC HOUSING, HIGHWAY AND OTHER ENGINEERING PROJECTS, AS WELL AS PROJECTS BEING UNDERTAKEN BY THE URBAN COUNCIL.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO DISCUSS A MEMBER’S SUGGESTION TO PROVIDE A CYCLE TRACK LINKING SHEK O AND BIG WAVE BAY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD’S WORKS PROJECTS COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 11) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, MEI FUNG COURT, NAM NING STREET, ABERDEEN CENTRE.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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MID-AUTUMN CELEBRATION FOR THE ELDERLY

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ABOUT 900 ELDERLY RESIDENTS IN NORTH DISTRICT WILL BE TREATED TO A CANTONESE OPERA PERFORMANCE AND SONGS TO CELEBRATE THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL AT THE CHEUNG WAH CENTRAL PLAYGROUND IN FANLING ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 11) EVENING.

SPONSORED BY THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE EVENT IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE FOR ELDERLY ACTIVITIES AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL.

"APART FROM PROVIDING ENTERTAINMENT TO SENIOR RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT, THE EVENT ALSO AIMS AT AROUSING PEOPLE'S AWARENESS TO CARE FOR, AND, RESPECT THE ELDERLY." A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE SAID.

PARTICIPANTS, ALL AGED 60 OR ABOVE, WILL ALSO BE TREATED WITH SEASONAL SPECIALTIES SUCH AS MOONCAKES AND FRUITS.

AMONG THE GUESTS OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR RAYMOND PANG: THE ASSISTANT NORTH DISTRICT OFFICER, MRS TERESA WONG, AND THE DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (TAI PO AND NORTH). MR STEPHEN CHAU.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE MID-AUTUMN CELEBRATION FOR THE ELDERLY ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 11) AT 7 PM AT THE CHEUNG WAH CENTRAL PLAYGROUND, FANLING.

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NEW EMPLOYMENT OFFICE FOR KWAI CHUNG

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THE EMPLOYMENT SERVICES DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WILL OPEN A NEW OFFICE IN KWAI CHUNG ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 14) TO PROVIDE FREE EMPLOYMENT AND PLACEMENT SERVICES TO JOB-SEEKERS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE NEW OFFICE, WHICH IS LOCATED AT THE LOWER GROUND FLOOR OF VICTORY GARDEN. 153 TAI LOONG STREET, IS CLOSE TO COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL AREAS AND HOUSING ESTATES.

"IT HAS A LARGE WAITING HALL FOR DISPLAY OF JOB VACANCY CARDS AND IS EQUIPPED WITH A FACSIMILE SYSTEM FOR TRANSMISSION OF VACANCY INFORMATION TO OTHER EMPLOYMENT OFFICES," A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

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"RESIDENTS IN THE DISTRICT NEED ONLY TO BRING ALONG THEIR IDENTITY CARDS TO REGISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES.

"THEY WILL BE REFERRED TO PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYERS FOR SELECTION INTERVIEWS AFTER MAKING THEIR CHOICE OF VACANCIES. HE ADDED.

AS FOR EMPLOYERS. THEY CAN PLACE THEIR VACANCY ORDERS WITH THE OFFICE EITHER IN PERSON OR BY TELEPHONING 0-4283796.

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NEW RECREATION CENTRE. LIBRARY ON PENG CHAU

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RESIDENTS ON PENG CHAU WILL HAVE A NEW RECREATION CENTRE AND LIBRARY IN TWO YEARS.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT. CONSTRUCTION WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN NOVEMBER AND BE COMPLETED IN APRIL 1991.

THE COMPLEX WILL HAVE A MULTI-PURPOSE GAMES HALL FOR BASKETBALL AND VOLLEYBALL COURTS, TWO SQUASH COURTS WITH VIEWING GALLERY, AN ACTIVITY AND DANCE ROOM, AND A PUBLIC LIBRARY WITH ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING TENDERS IS NOON ON SEPTEMBER 29.

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SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD BY AUCTION * * * *

SIXTY SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE PUT UP FOR AUCTION THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING FOR A TOTAL OF $87,000 WHICH WILL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

THE AUCTION, HELD AT THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL, SAW THE REGISTRATION NUMBER AK872 FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $12,000.

ANOTHER SIX NUMBERS, EC240, BB8428, EE1392, AW156, AK8722

AND AA596, WERE SOLD AT THE SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF $3,000 EACH WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1,000 EACH FOR SOME 34 NUMBERS.

/FOLIOWING ARE........

FOLLOWING ARE THE RESULTS OF TODAY’S AUCTION :

EC8863 $ 1,000 ; 1 ED6023 $ 1,000 BB8428 $ 3,000 EE564 $ 1,000

EC240 3,000 ED1312 1.000 ED246 ED8768 1,000

EC6357 EC216 1 ,000 EC8642 EC8161 1,000

EC324 EC2005 1,000 EE1392 3,000 AW156 3,000

EC9692 EC506 1,000 AR4228 1,000 EC802 1,000

BB2248 1,000 EC3177 1,000 EC3887 AK8722 3,000

EC1448 1,000 AK8 7 2 12,000 EC6188 EC521

AC325 2,000 AC1130 1,000 AC3251 1,000 EDI 127

AX9285 EC812 2,000 EE426 1,000 EC680 1,000

CK5 57 1,000 EC5160 1,000 EB9608 1,000 AA596 3,000

EC803 2,000 EE5251 1,000 ED2468 1,000 EC7111

EC715 AL1786 2,000 EC8290 - ED5251 1,000

EC1004 1,000 EC3298 1,000 AC944 1,000 CY1219 1,000

EC3733 1,000 AS7262 1,000 EC4376 CA5888 1,000

ED127 EC8186 1,000 BR4428 1,000 EC3002 1,000

FIFTEEN NON-SCHEDULED VEHICLE REGISTRATION MARKS EC6357, EC324, EC9692, AX9285, EC715, ED246, EC8642, EC3887, EC6188, EC8290, EC521, D1127, EC7111, ED127 AND EC4376 WERE WITHDRAWN AND THE DEPOSIT QF$15,000 WERE FORFEITED TO THE TOTAL REALISED.

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WERE REQUIRED TO PAY BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING.

THE NUMBERS AUCTIONED WILL BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO VEHICLES REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE DATE OF AUCTION.

TODAY’S SALE, THE 14 1ST ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973, BROUGHT THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR CHARITY REALISED SO .FAR TO.$85,207,632 . .I

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REVISION OF PARKING METER FEES IN TSUEN WAN

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT IS GOING TO REVISE THE PARKING METER FEES IN TSUEN WAN IN THREE PHASES.

THE FEES WILL BE INCREASED FROM $0.50 AND $1 FOR 30 MINUTES OF PARKING TIME TO $1 AND $2 RESPECTIVELY.

PHASE I WILL BE INTRODUCED ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 11) AND WILL COVER LO TAK COURT, HEUNG WO STREET, SHIU WO STREET. SHA TSUI ROAD AND CHUNG ON STREET.

/PHASE II .......

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PHASE II WILL START ON OCTOBER 16 AND WILL COVER TAI UK STREET, SAI LAU STREET, SAN TSUEN STREET, TSUEN WAH STREET, TSUEN KWAI STREET, HAM TIN STREET, HO PUI STREET, TAI PEI SQUARE, HAU TOI SQUARE, HOI A STREET. PUN SHAN STREET. FU1 YIU KOK STREET AND WANG LUNG STREET.

PHASE III WILL START ON NOVEMBER 20 AND WILL COVER LL'EN YAN STREET. AND THE GOODS VEHICLE PARKING SPACES ON CHUNG ON STREET. SHIU WO STREET. TAI UK STREET. WO TIK STREET, HAU TEI SQUARE. SAI LAU STREET. SAN TSUEN STREET. TSO KUNG STREET. LO TAK COURT AND FU1 YIU KOK STREET.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 11), THE FARES OF FOUR NEW TERRITORIES GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES WILL BE REVISED.

THEY ARE GMB ROUTE NO. 73 PLYING BETWEEN YUEN LONG FOOK HONG STREET AND SUNG SHAN SAN TSUEN, ROUTE NO. 74 BETWEEN YUEN LONG FOOK HONG STREET AND SHING UK TSUEN, ROUTE NO. 47S BETWEEN TUEN MUN PIER AND MONG KOK AND ROUTE NO. 39 BETWEEN YUEN LONG KIN YIP STREET AND KUNG OM.

THE SECTION FARE OF ROUTE NO. 73 BETWEEN YUEN LONG FOOK HONG STREET AND TONG TAU PO WILL BE INCREASED FROM $1.50 TO $2.

THE FARE OF ROUTE NO. 74 WILL BE INCREASED FROM $1.50 TO $2 AND THAT OF ROUTE NO. 47S FROM $6 TO $8.

FOR ROUTE NO. 39, ITS FULL FARE WILL BE REVISED FROM $1.50 TO $2 AND THE SECTION FARE BETWEEN KIN YIP STREET AND LUNG TIN TSUEN WILL BE INCREASED FROM $1 TO $1.30.

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SATURDAY. SEPTEMBER 9. 1989

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TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE IN MONG KOK

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE SECTION OF SHAN TUNG STREET BETWEEN KAM LAM STREET AND FERRY STREET IN MONG KOK WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8 PM ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 11) TO 4 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

THE CLOSURE IS TO FACILITATE VALVE REPAIRING WORK BY THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT IN THE AREA.

DURING THE CLOSURE, MOTORISTS IN SHAN TUNG STREET HEADING FOR FERRY STREET ARE ADVISED TO USE KAM LAM STREET, SOY STREET, RECLAMATION STREET AND ARGYLE STREET.

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KMB ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PLAN ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA » * ♦ ♦ ♦

THE DRAFT KOWLOON MOTOR BUS ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR TAI PO DISTRICT IN 1990-91 WILL BE TABLED AT A MEETING OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 11).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY IN HONG KONG AND THE FINAL REPORT OF THE TAI PO MARKET TRAFFIC STUDY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 11) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 152 KWONG FUK ROAD, TAI PO.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

UK SPECIALISTS TO ADVISE ON EUROPEAN SAFETY REQUIREMENTS ... 1

EASY WAY TO REPORT CRIMES TO CUSTOMS ....................... 2

AUGUST TRAFFIC ACCIDENT FIGURES ............................ 2

OZP REFERRED BACK FOR AMENDMENT............................. 3

SHORTER OPERATING HOURS FOR SSP MACAU FERRY TERMINAL ....... 3

MAJOR ROUTE MAP NOW AVAILABLE............................... 4

APPLICATIONS OPEN TO ANTI-DRUG FAMILY CAMP AND' LONG RUN .... 5

FESTIVAL HOLIDAY REMINDER .................................. 6

AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO DEMONSTRATE ARTISTIC TALENTS...... 6

MID-AUTUMN CARNIVALS IN EASTERN, YAU TSIM .................. ft

ENTRIES INVITED FOR CROSS TOLO HARBOUR SWIM................. 9

CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY CONTEST FOR STUDENTS ................... 9

DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER PUBLISHING NEWSLETTER ............. 10

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN YAU MA TEI ................. 11

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN SHAM SHUT PO......................... 11

SUNDAY. SEPTEMBER 10, 1.989

1

UK SPECIALISTS TO ADVISE ON EUROPEAN SAFETY REQUIREMENTS ***»*»»

THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT HAS INVITED SPECIALISTS FROM THE UK DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY (UKDTI) TO ADVISE LOCAL EXPORTERS ON HOW TO MEET THE PRODUCT SAFETY REQUIREMENTS TO BE INTRODUCED BY THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY (EC).

A ONE-DAY SEMINAR. ENTITLED "EEC 1992 - PRODUCT SAFETY REQUIREMENTS", IS SCHEDULED TO BE HELD AT THE OMNI HONG KONG HOTEL ON OCTOBER 12.

MRS CHARLOTTE LI, HEAD OF THE PRODUCTS STANDARDS INFORMATION Bl'REAU OF THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, ENCOURAGED LOCAL MANUFACTURERS TO ".AKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO ATTEND THE SEMINAR.

"IN VIEW OF THE COMPLETION OF THE EEC SINGLE MARKET BY 1992. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR LOCAL EXPORTERS TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THE RELEVANT PRODUCT SAFETY REQUIREMENTS INTRODUCED BY EC COUNTRIES AND THEIR WAY AND MEANS OF COMPLIANCE," SHE SAID.

THE TWO OFFICIALS FROM THE UKDTI WHO WILL SHARE THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH LOCAL EXPORTERS AT THE SEMINAR ARE MR PETER LAMBERT. SECTION HEAD OF THE INTERNATIONAL AND EUROPEAN STANDARDS POLICY AND MISS NUALA O’FLYNN, BRANCH HEAD OF LEGAL ADVICE ON CONSUMER AFFAIRS.

TOPICS WILL COVER "BACKGROUND TO THE 1992 SINGLE EUROPEAN MARKET AND ITS IMPLICATIONS"I "THE EEC LOW VOLTAGE ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT DIRECTIVE AND ITS CERTIFICATION, MARKING AND STANDARDS COMPLIANCE REQUIREMENTS"; "THE EEC TOY SAFETY DIRECTIVE - ITS IMPLICATIONS AND WAYS AND MEANS OF COMPLIANCE"; AND "THE EEC PRODUCT LIABILITY DIRECTIVE AND ITS EFFECT ON SUPPLIERS OUTSIDE THE EEC".

THE SEMINAR WILL BE CONDUCTED IN ENGLISH AND THE PARTICIPATION FEE FOR EACH PERSON IS S165. INCLUSIVE OF LUNCH.

COMPANIES WHO WISH TO SEND THEIR STAFF TO TAKE PART IN THE SEMINAR ARE INVITED TO CONTACT MISS MARIA CHAU OF THE INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT AT 3-7360119.

APPLICATIONS FOR PARTICIPATION WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS. THE CLOSING DATE IS SEPTEMBER 28.

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1989

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U EASY WAY TO REPORT CRIMES TO CUSTOMS

S

THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT HAS INTRODUCED A CRIME i| REPORT FORM TO PROVIDE A MORE CONVENIENT WAY FOR THE PUBLIC TO REPORT CRIMES CONCERNING SMUGGLING, DRUG TRAFFICKING, PIRATING AND

„ COUNTERFEITING ACTIVITIES, ILLEGAL MANUFACTURING, OR POSSESSION OF d0TI^BLE GOODS OR ADULTERATED LIQUOR.

A CUSTOMS SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT THE USE OF CRIME REPORT FORMS WOULD FACILITATE THE DEPARTMENT IN THE FIGHT AGAINST DRUG TRAFFICKING AND SMUGGLING AND IN TURN HELP MAINTAIN THE TRADE STATUS OF HONG KONG AND SAFEGUARD CONSUMERS’ RIGHT.

’’ANYBODY WHO HAS ANY INFORMATION CONCERNING CRIMES CAN JUST -FILL IN A FORM AND SEND IT TO THE CUSTOMS BY POST.

“CUSTOMS OFFICERS WILL LOOK INTO THE CASE ACCORDING TO THE INFORMATION PROVIDED AND WILL PROSECUTE THOSE WHO ARE FOUND TO HAVE VIOLATED THE LAW,” HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT THAT THE IDENTITY OF THE INFORMANT AND THE INFORMATION PROVIDED BY HIM WOULD BE KEPT IN STRICT CONFIDENCE.

THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE CRIME REPORT FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT DISTRICT OFFICES, CUSTOMS ENTRY CONTROL POINTS, CUSTOMS COLLECTION AND PERMIT OFFICES AND THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE AT GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL.

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AUGUST TRAFFIC ACCIDENT FIGURES ♦ ♦ * ♦

A TOTAL OF 1,832 CASUALTIES WAS REPORTED IN 1,438 TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS WHICH OCCURRED THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY LAST MONTH (AUGUST).

A POLICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT 330 OF THESE ACCIDENTS OCCURRED ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 734 IN KOWLOON AND 374 IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE PROVISIONAL FIGURE FOR AUGUST SHOWED THAT 23 PERSONS WERE KILLED. 345 PEOPLE WERE SERIOUSLY INJURED AND 1,464 SLIGHTLY INJURED IN THESE ACCIDENTS.

THE NUMBER OF CASUALTIES AND ACCIDENTS REPRESENTED A DECREASE OF 7.2 PER CENT AND 1.5 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OVER THE PREVIOUS MONTH.

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OZP REFERRED BACK FOR AMENDMENT *****

THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL HAS REFERRED THE DRAFT KENNEDY AND MOUNT DAVIS OUTLINE ZONING PLAN BACK TO THE TOWN PLANNING FOR FURTHER CONSIDERATION AND AMENDMENT.

TOWN BOARD

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE BOARD SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) NOT READY FOR APPROVAL BECAUSE SOME AMENDMENTS ARE NEAR FUTURE.

THAT THE PLAN IS EXPECTED IN THE

THESE INCLUDE THE PROPOSED GREEN ISLAND RECLAMATION CONSEQUENTIAL REVISIONS TO THE EXISTING LAND USE PROPOSALS FOR KENNEDY TOWN AND MOUNT DAVIS AREA.

AND THE

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT ANY FUTURE AMENDMENTS WOULD BE EXHIBITED FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION AND OBJECTION WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THE TOWN PLANNING ORDINANCE.

TO THE PLAN IN ACCORDANCE

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SHORTER OPERATING HOURS FOR SSP MACAU FERRY TERMINAL *******

THE DAILY OPERATING HOURS OF THE MACAU FERRY TERMINAL AT SHAM SHUI PO WILL BE CURTAILED STARTING TOMORROW (MONDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MARINE DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

"THE FERRY SERVICES AT SHAM SHUI PO WILL END AT 3.30 PM INSTEAD OF 7.30 PM DAILY UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENT," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE NEW OPERATING HOURS WILL BE FROM 7.30 AM UNTIL 3.30 PM.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE MOVE WOULD HELP BRING DOWN OPERATIONAL COSTS OF THE SHAM SHUI PO TERMINAL WHILE INCREASING THE UTILISATION OF THE CHINA FERRY TERMINAL AT TSIM SHA TSUI.

"THIS EARLY CLOSING WAS ALSO MADE POSSIBLE AFTER FAR EAST HYDROFOIL COMPANY LIMITED ANNOUNCED SUSPENSION OF ITS JETFOIL SERVICES BETWEEN KOWLOON AND MACAU.

"MEANWHILE, ALL SERVICES TO AND FROM MACAU AFTER 3.30 PM, OPERATED BY HONG KONG FERRY (HOLDINGS) COMPANY AND HONG KONG MACAU HYDROFOIL COMPANY, WILL BE DIVERTED TO THE CHINA FERRY TERMINAL, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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MAJOR ROUTE MAP NOW AVAILABLE

*****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT HAS PUBLISHED A LEAFLET MAP HONG KONG" TO AID MOTORISTS SO THAT THEY CAN FIND THE MOST CONVENIENT AND DIRECT ROUTE WHEN DRIVING FROM TO ANOTHER.

"MAJOR ROUTE

OUT QUICKLY

ONE DISTRICT

THE LEAFLET CONTAINS A COLOUR MAP SHOWING THE MAJOR ROAD ROUTE NUMBERS AND DETAILS OF THESE ROUTES.

TODAY (SUNDAY) THE TRANSPORT

CENTRES AND

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID THAT COPIES OF THE LEAFLET ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT DEPARTMENT’S LICENSING OFFICES, VEHICLE EXAMINATIOF DISTRICT OFFICES.

SIMPLE ROUTE THE SINGLE

HIGH CAPACITY ROADS TN HONG KONG ARE GIVEN NUMBERS. SO FAR. EIGHT ROUTES HAVE BEEN DESIGNATED UNDER DIGIT ROUTE NUMBERING SYSTEM SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF I HE

SYSTEM IN

1974 .

ROUTE NUMBER SHIELDS ARE PAINTED ON DIRECTIONAL TRAFFIC SIGNS TO GUIDE MOTORISTS.

"MOTORISTS ONLY NEED TO LOOK DIRECTIONAL SIGNS WITHOUT HAVING TO THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

FOR THE ROUTE NUMBERS ON THE MEMORISE THE NAMES OF THE ROADS."

THE EIGHT

MAJOR ROUTES ARE:

ROUTE

ABERDEEN

LOK MA

CHAU

1

ROUTE

NGAU TAU KOK — LOK MA CHAU

2

ROUTE

SAI

YING PUN -- YUEN LONG (PROPOSED)

ROUTE

LAI

CHI KOK

KWUN TONG

JUNK BAY

ROUTE

SHA

TIN -- TSUEN WAN (THROUGH THE SHING MUN TUNNEL)

ROUTE

QUARRY BAY

KWUN TONG

MA LIU SHUI

ROUTE

CAUSEWAY BAY

CENTRAL

SAI YING PUN

3

4

5

6

ROUTE

8

ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR FROM CHAI WAN TO CAUSEWAY BA1!

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APPLICATIONS OPEN TO ANTI-DRUG FAMILY CAMP AND LONG RUN

APPLICATIONS ARE BEING INVITED TO JOIN AN ANTI-DRUG FAMlLi CAMP AND A LONG RUN TO BE HELD IN OCTOBER.

THE EVENTS, ORGANISED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS (ACAN) AND ITS YOUTH VOLUNTEER GROUP RESPECTIVELY. ARE PART 01 Till "ROAD TO A HAPPY LIFE" ANTI-DRUG PROGRAMME THIS YEAR WITH THE OBJECTIVES OF ENCOURAGING MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO STAY AWAY FROM DRUGS AND TO ACTIVELY TAKE PART IN HEALTHY PURSUITS.

A TOTAL OF 690 PARENTS AND THEIR CHILDREN FROM ABOUT 230 FAMILIES CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE FAMILY CAMP AT THE LEI YUE MUN HOLIDAY VILLAGE IN CHAI WAN ON OCTOBER 7 AND 8 (SATURDAY \ND SUNDAY).

AMONG THEM, 290 WILL BE RESIDENTIAL CAMPERS AND 400 DAY CAMPERS.

INTERESTED FAMILIES MUST COMPLETE A CROSSWORD PUZZLE ON DRUG RELATED THEMES ON THE ENTRY FORM.

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS SEPTEMBER 18.

A BALLOT TO DECIDE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL TAKE PLACE ON SEPTEMBER 22 AND THE RESULTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON SEPTEMBER 26.

THE ANTI-DRUG LONG RUN, TO BE LAUNCHED BY THE ACAN YOUTH VOLUNTEER GROUP, WILL BE HELI) AT THE ABERDEEN COUNTRY PARK ON OCTOBER 22 (SUNDAY).

OPEN TO ALL RUNNERS AGED 18 OR ABOVE, IT COMPRISES THREE DIVISIONS: MEN’S. WOMEN’S AND GROUP DIVISIONS.

THOSE WISHING TO TAKE PART IN THE GROUP DIVISION MUST FORM A TEAM OF FIVE MEMBERS.

ENTRANTS FOR INDIVIDUAL DIVISIONS ARE REQUESTED TO FINISH V FULL COURSE OF ABOUT SIX KILOMETRES WHILE THE DISTANCE FOR THE GROUP DIVISION WILL BE ABOUT 14 KILOMETRES.

TROPHIES AND GIFT COUPONS WILL BE AWARDED TO THE FIRST THREE WINNERS OF EACH DIVISION.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS IS OCTOBER 5.

APPLICATION FORMS FOR THE LONG RUN TOGETHER WITH A SKETCH SHOWING THE COURSE AND ENTRY FORMS FOR THE FAMILY CAMP ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES AND SUB-OFFICES AND THE NARCOTICS DIVISION OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT. 23RD FLOOR, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, CENTRAL. HONG KONG.

/THE ENTRY .......

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THE ENTRY FORMS FOR THE FAMILY CAMP WILL ALSO BE PUBLISHED ON SIN l'AO WAN PAO BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 11 AND 17.

COMPLETED FORMS CAN BE RETURNED EITHER IN PERSON OR BY MAIL >0 THE NARCOTICS DIVISION.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-8672760-6 (SEVEN LINES).

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FESTIVAL HOLIDAY REMINDER

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED EMPLOYERS THAT THE DAY FOLLOWING MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL - SEPTEMBER 15 - IS ONE OF THE 11 STATUTORY HOLIDAYS.

ALL MANUAL EMPLOYEES AND THOSE NON-MANUAL EMPLOYEES EARNING NOT MORE THAN $11,500 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 PAY7 SHOULD BE THE AVERAGE DAILY EARNINGS DURING EVERY COMPLETE WAGE PERIOD, WHICH COULD BE BETWEEN 28 DAYS TO 31 DAYS PRECEDING THE HOLIDAY," A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

"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," HE ADDED.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES ABOUT STATUTORY HOLIDAYS MAY BE MADE AT ANY BRANCH OFFICE OF THE LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE.

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AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS TO DEMONSTRATE ARTISTIC TALENTS * * * * *

AREA COMMITTEE MEMBERS ARE EAGER TO PROVE THEIR ARTISTIC TALENTS, APART FROM BEING ABLE TO HELP RESIDENTS SOLVE THEIR PROBLEMS.

AT PRESENT, THEY ARE BUSY MAKING PREPARATIONS FOR A VARIETY OF ENTERTAINMENT ITEMS TO BE PRESENTED AT A JOINT GATHERING OF 1.800 MEMBERS OF THE 89 URBAN AREA COMMITTEES AT THE QUEEN ELIZABETH STADIUM ON NOVEMBER 18.

/AND THEY .......

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AND THEY ARE DETERMINED TO MAKE THE "AREA COMMITTEE JOINT PRESENTATION 89" - THE FIRST OF THE ITS KIND IN THE TERRITORY A SUCCESS.

THE CHIEF SECRETARY. SIR DAVID FORD, IS EXPECTED TO ATTEND THE JOINT PRESENTATION AS GUEST OF HONOUR.

THE PROGRAMME OF THE JOINT PRESENTATION WAS ANNOUNCED TODAY (SUNDAY) BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON. MR DAVID LAN, AT AN "A STEP CLOSER" SEMINAR ORGANISED BY THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION FOR AREA COMMITTEES IN KWUN TONG.

MR LAN POINTED OUT THAT THE PRESENTATION WOULD BE THE GRAND FINALE TO A SERIES OF SEMINARS HELD BY THE CNTA DURING THE PAST SIX MONTHS TO STRENGTHEN RELATIONS WITH AREA COMMITTEES.

AT THE PRESENTATION. AREA COMMITTEES FROM EACH OI THE 10 URBAN DISTRICTS WOULD PRESENT A PROGRAMME OF ENTERTAINMENT ITEMS, WHICH MAY INCLUDE DRAMA, OPERA, SINGING, DANCING, LION DANCE, AND CHINESE MARTIAL ART AND TAEKWUNDO DEMONSTRATIONS.

A MAJOR PART OF THE FUNCTION WOULD BE A SLIDE SHOW FEATURING THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE SERIES OF AREA COMMITTEE SEMINARS, HE ADDED.

ON TODAY’S SEMINAR, MR LAN NOTED THAT THIS WAS THE SECOND ONE HELD FOR AREA COMMITTEES IN KWUN TONG IN THREE MONTHS.

"AMONG ALL THE DISTRICTS IN THE TERRITORY. KWUN TONG HAS THE GREATEST NUMBER OF AREA COMMITTEES, AND IT IS THEREFORE NECESSARY FOR ME TO ATTEND THE SEMINAR AGAIN TO MEET MEMBERS OF THE 15 AREA COMMITTEES IN THE DISTRICT." HE SAID.

REFERRING TO BUILDING MANAGEMENT WHICH WAS THE THEME OF THE SEMINAR, MR LAN POINTED OUT THAT LAST YEAR THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE SET UP' A BUILDING MANAGEMENT SUB-COMMITTEE TO OVERSEE THE WORK OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE’S BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION TEAM AND TO RENDER ASSISTANCE TO BUILDINGS WITH MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS.

AS THERE WAS QUITE A NUMBER OF FACTORIES IN KWUN TONG. MUCH EMPHASIS WAS PLACED ON IMPROVING THE MANAGEMENT OF INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS.

SO FAR. THE SUB-COMMITTEE HAD HANDLED 15 BUILDING MANAGEMENT CASES. 11 OF WHICH INVOLVED INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS. IT HAD ALSO HELPED A NUMBER OF TENEMENT BUILDINGS SOLVE LONG-STANDING MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS, MR LAN ADDED.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER >0, 1989

MID-AUTUMN CARNIVALS IN EASTERN, YAU TSIM

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CARNIVALS WILL BE HELD IN THE YAU TSIM AND THE EASTERN DISTRICTS TO CELEBRATE THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL.

THE CARNIVAL TN YAU TSIM WILL BEGIN AT 7.30 PM ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 13) AT THE URBAN COUNCIL CENTENARY GARDEN IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

THERE WILL BE PERFORMANCES, LANTERN RIDDLES, FORTUNE-TELLING, STALL GAMES AND DEMONSTRATIONS OF TRADITIONAL HANDICRAFT.

COUPONS FOR THE STALL GAMES CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE AT 490 NATHAN ROAD, AND ITS TSIM SHA TSUI SUB-OFFICE AT 40 CARNARVON ROAD.

THE CARNIVAL IS ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD WITH ASSISTANCE FROM THE TSIM SHA TSUI AREA COMMITTEE AND SPONSORSHIP FROM THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE TSIM SHA TSUI EAST PROPERTY DEVELOPERS’ ASSOCIATION.

AMONG THOSE OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE THE DISTRICT OFFICER. MR WONG HON-HO; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN. MR YIP WAH; POLICE DISTRICT COMMANDER (YAU MA TEI), MR LAU YUK-KUEN; URBAN COUNCILLOR MR WU MAN-KEUNG; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE TSIM SHA TSUI EAST PROPERTY DEVELOPERS’ ASSOCIATION, MR LUI CHE-WO.

IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT, FOUR CARNIVALS FEATURING VARIETY SHOWS, LION DANCES, LANTERN RIDDLES, MAGIC SHOWS AND LUCKY DRAWS, WILL BE HELD. THE FIRST TWO WILL TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY.

THE CARNIVALS ARE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND AREA COMMITTEES, AND ARE SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD AND THE URBAN COUNCIL.

DETAILS OF THE CARNIVALS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

DATE/TIME VENUE

SEPTEMBER 13 (WEDNESDAY) FACTORY STREET PLAYGROUND,

7 pm SHAU KEI WAN

SEPTEMBER 13 (WEDNESDAY) CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE

7 PM

SEPTEMBER 15 7.30 PM

(FRIDAY)

PLAYGROUND BETWEEN CLOUD VIEW ROAD AND YEE KING ROAD

SEPTEMBER 16

(SATURDAY)

VICTORIA PARK BASKETBALL COURT

7.30 PM

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CARNIVALS IN THE YAU TSIM AND EASTERN DISTRICTS.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1989

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APPLICATIONS ARE BEING INVITED FOR THE 22ND CROSS TOLO HARBOUR SWIM TO E HELD IN TAI PO ON OCTOBER 29.

THE ANNUAL EVENT IS ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND SPONSORED BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD AND A BREWERY.

THE 2,400 METRE RACE, WHICH IS OPEN TO SWIMMERS AGED 12 OR ABOVE, WILL BE FROM SHUEN WAN TO TAI MEI TUK. IT WILL START AT 10 AM.

TROPHIES WILL BE AWARDED TO THE FIRST 10 WINNERS IN THE MEN'S AND THE WOMEN’S SECTIONS, WHILE THOSE WHO COMPLETED THE FULL COURSE WITHIN 90 MINUTES WILL RECEIVE COMMEMORATIVE CERTIFICATES.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES;

OFFICIO OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT; THE TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE; THE TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION AT LI FOOK LAM INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE, ON CHEUNG ROAD, TAI PO; AND THE TAI PO JOCKEY CLUB SWIMMING POOL IN ON PONG ROAD, TAI PO.

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS SEPTEMBER 30.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 0-6568661.

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CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY CONTEST FOR STUDENTS « * * * *

STUDENTS IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT ARE BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE "SOUTHERN DISTRICT STUDENT CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY CONTEST SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER.

THE CONTEST, ORGANISED BY THE SOUTHERN

DISTRICT

ARTS

CULTURE ASSOCIATION (SDACA) IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE BY THE DISTRICT

DISTRICT’S

AND JOINT

SCHOOL CONFERENCE AND SPONSORED ENHANCING STUDENTS' INTEREST IN,

AND LOCAL PEOPLE’S

BOARD, AIMS AT

APPRECIATION OF

CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY.

THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO TWO DIVISIONS. IN THE FIRST, CONTESTANTS ARE REQUIRED TO WRITE WITH A FOUNTAIN PEN OR A BALL-PEN, AND, IN THE SECOND, WITH A BRUSH.

PARTICIPANTS WILL BE DIVIDED INTO SEVEN SECTIONS ACCORDING TO THEIR SCHOOL GRADES AND THE DIVISIONS IN WHICH THEY ARE COMPETING.

AWARDED BOOK

IN EACH SECTION, THE FIRST THREE WINNERS WILL BE COUPONS OF $300, $200, AND $100 RESPECTIVELY ™ ADDITION TO A TROPHY, WHILE THE 10 CONTESTANTS WHO RECEIVE AN HONOURABLE MENTION WILL ALSO

BE AWARDED GIFTS.

/THE WINNING .....„ .

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10

THE WINNING ENTRIES WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE LEI TUNG COMMUNITY HALL, LEI TUNG ESTATE, FROM OCTOBER 22 TO 27.

ALL PRIMARY AND SECONDARY STUDENTS WHO ARE RESIDING OR ATTENDING SCHOOLS IN THE DISTRICT ARE WELCOME TO ENTER THE CONTEST, WHICH WILL TAKE PLACE ON OCTOBER 7 AT THE ABERDEEN TECHNICAL SCHOOL.

ENTRY FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SDACA’S OFFICE AT LEI CHAK HOUSE, AP LEI CHAU ESTATE, AND THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES. THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRY IS SEPTEMBER 30.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-520595 AND 5-550187.

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DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER PUBLISHING NEWSLETTER ♦ * t ♦ ♦

THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE POSSIBILITY OF PUBLISHING A DISTRICT NEWSLETTER TO DISSEMINATE DISTRICT BOARD NEWS TO ISLANDERS AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (MONDAY).

THE PROPOSED BIMONTHLY NEWSLETTER WILL SERVE THE PURPOSES OF IMPROVING COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE BOARD AND RESIDENTS AND PROMOTING RESIDENTS’ INTEREST IN COMMUNITY AFFAIRS.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE KEEP HONG KONG- CLEAN CAMPAIGN AND A CIVIC EDUCATION CAMP TO BE HELD IN DECEMBER FOR THOSE AGED BETWEEN 18 AND 35.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE ACTIVITIES IN SUPPORT OF THE WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 1989, AND THE RECEPTION OF TELEVISION SIGNALS IN SUN KEI PANG AND SUN SHA PANG IN TAI 0, LANTAU.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE TO BEGIN AT 2 PM TOMORROW (MONDAY) IN THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, 20TH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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SUNDAY. SEPTEMBER 10. 1989

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SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN YAU MA TET ******

'I HE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN THE AREA OF THE YAU MA TEI FRUIT MARKET BETWEEN 12.01 AM ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 12) AND 8 PM ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 14) TO CATER FOR THE ANTICIPATED INCREASE IN PEDESTRIAN AND TRAFFIC TO THE YAU MA TEI FRUIT MARKET.

THESE ARRANGEMENTS ARE:

*

RECLAMATION STREET NORTHBOUND BETWEEN THE UNNAMED ROAD SOUTH OF SHEK LUNG STREET AND WATERLOO ROAD: AND WATERLOO ROAD WESTBOUND BETWEEN RECLAMATION STREET AND FERRY STREET WILL BE REDUCED FROM THREE-LANE TO TWO-LANE TRAFFIC.

THE UNNAMED ROAD SOUTH OF SHEK LUNG STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

CHING PING STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

* TUNG KUN STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

RIGHT TURNING FROM CANTON ROAD NORTHBOUND TO TUNG KUN STREET WILL BE BANNED.

RECLAMATION STREET AND SHANGHAI

BETWEEN RECLAMATION STREET AND

CLOSED AND CONVERTED INTO A

SHEK LUNG STREET BETWEEN STREET: AND MAN MING LANE SHANGHAI STREET WILL BE

PEDESTRIAN PRECINCT.

BETWEEN

THE METERED PARKING SPACES IN CANTON ROAD biting SHUI STREET AND THE UNNAMED ROAD SOUTH OF SHEK LUNG AND IN LEE TAT STREET BETWEEN CANTON ROAD AND CHING

CHEUNG

STREET:

PING

STREET WILL BE

SUSPENDED.

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TRAFFIC

ARRANGEMENT IN SHAM SHUI PO

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TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON (SEPTEMBER 12), THE SECTION OF TAI BANG SAI STREET BETWEEN NAM STREET AND NAM SHAN CHUEN ROAD IN SHAM SHUI PO WILL RESUME OPERATION UPON COMPLETION OF ROADWORKS THERE.

THE

TUESDAY CHEONG

TWO-WAY

AT THE SAME TIME, GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE NO. ORIGINAL ROUTEING TO OPERATE VIA TAI HANG TUNG STREET AND NAM CHEONG STREET ON JOURNEYS TO PAK TIN.

12 WILL

ROAD ।

TAI

RESUME ITS

HANG SAI

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1?89

CONTENTS PAGE NQ,

DOUBLE TAXATION AGREEMENT - EXCEPTION RATHER THAN THE RULE : FS ........................................................... 1

EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS FOR JULY RELEASED.................. 3

SALE OF THREE GOVT LOTS FETCHES 8578.6 MILLION .............. |

RAINFALL BELOW NORMAL IN AUGUST ............................. 10

ROBERT FOOTMAN TAKES UP DEPUTY TRADE DIRECTOR-GENERAL POST .. 12

HK POPULATION ESTIMATED AT 5-76 MILLION ..................... 1J

MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL SPECIAL TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS ................................................ 1J

MORE MID-AUTUMN CELEBRATIONS IN KOWLOON ..................... 16

HYBRID SYSTEM READY FOR DEMONSTRATION ....................... 17

'MEET THE PUBLIC SCHEME' ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA.............. 1|

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS ......... 18

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS .......... 1|

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS ESTABLISHMENT OF SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD........................................................ 20

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD ............ 20

DB CULTURE COMMITTEE TO STUDY PROGRESS REPORTS .............. 21

WATER STORAGE FIGURE ........................................ 21

WATER CUT IN CHEUNG SHA WAN ................................. 21

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DOUBLE TAXATION AGREEMENT - EXCEPTION RATHER THAN THE RULE : FS t t » » » *

THE GOVERNMENT REMAINS OF THE VIEW THAT, AS A GENERAL RULE. HONG KONG SHOULD NOT ENTER INTO DOUBLE TAXATION ARRANGEMENTS WITH OTHER COUNTRIES, THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR PIERS JACOBS, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE ANNUAL LUNCHEON OF THE INLAND REVENUE BOARD OF REVIEW, SIR PIERS SAID FOR MANY YEARS NOW. THIS GENERAL POLICY HAD WORKED WELL FOR HONG KONG.

"CONCEPTUALLY, IT IS INEQUITABLE FOR PROFITS TO BE SUBJECT TO DOUBLE TAXATION MERELY BECAUSE TRANSACTIONS CROSS INTERNATIONAL BOUNDARIES.

"DOUBLE TAXATION CAN CREATE LEGAL AND FISCAL UNCERTAINTY AND IT TENDS TO DISCOURAGE THE FREE FLOW OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND INVESTMENT AND, IN THIS MODERN WORLD, THE TRANSFER OF TECHNOLOGY.

"IT HAS THEREFORE BECOME COMMON FOR COUNTRIES TO NEGOTIATE BILATERAL AGREEMENTS TO ESTABLISH THEIR RESPECTIVE TAXING RIGHTS AND TO AVOID DOUBLE TAXATION," HE NOTED.

HE STRESSED HOWEVER THAT THERE WAS NO QUESTION THAT HONG KONG RESIDENTS WERE DOUBLE TAXED ON THEIR OVERSEAS SOURCED INCOME AS HONG KONG APPLIED A TERRITORIAL SOURCE BASIS AND TAXED ONLY INCOME WHICH HAD A SOURCE IN HONG KONG.

SIR PIERS FURTHER POINTED OUT THAT THERE WAS NO USEFUL PURPOSE OR JUSTIFICATION FOR HONG KONG TO ENTER INTO SUCH AGREEMENTS BECAUSE THE TAX SYSTEM HERE WAS SIMPLE AND STRAIGHTFORWARD, POSSIBLY UNIQUE, AND BECAUSE THE PERCEIVED BENEFITS ACCRUING TO HONG KONG WERE SMALL.

HE RECALLED THAT IN THE PAST, PROBLEMS DID SOMETIMES ARISE WHEN HONG KONG EMPLOYEES RENDERED PART OF THEIR EMPLOYMENT SERVICES OUTSIDE HONG KONG, NOTABLY IN CHINA, AND AS A RESULT, THEY WERE TAXED IN BOTH THE COUNTRIES WHERE THE SERVICES WERE RENDERED AND ALSO HERE.

"TO OVERCOME THIS PROBLEM THE INLAND REVENUE ORDINANCE WAS AMENDED IN 1987 TO GRANT UNILATERAL RELIEF BY EXEMPTING FROM HONG KONG TAX INCOME DERIVED FROM SERVICES RENDERED IN ANOTHER COUNTRY WHERE TAX HAD BEEN PAID ON THAT INCOME IN THAT OTHER COUNTRY," HE SAID.

REGARDING NON-RESIDENT TAXPAYERS WHO MIGHT BE SUBJECT TO DOUBLE TAXATION FOR THEIR HONG KONG SOURCED INCOME, SIR PIERS POINTED OUT THAT GIVEN THE LOW TAX RATES IMPOSED HERE, THERE WAS LITTLE SCOPE TO ASSIST THESE TAXPAYERS IN THE AVOIDANCE OF DOUBLE TAXATION WITHOUT GIVING UP THE RIGHTS TO TAX INCOME ON WHAT WAS ALREADY A VERY NARROW TAX BASE.

"SINCE THE TAX CLIMATE IN HONG KONG IS GENERALLY FAVOURABLE TO FOREIGN INVESTORS - WITH THE COMPARATIVELY LOW LEVEL OF DIRECT TAXATION, THE ABSENCE OF ANY TAX ON CAPITAL GAINS, DIVIDENDS AND OFFSHORE PROFITS AND THE RELATIVE SIMPLICITY OF THE TAX SYSTEM - WE HAVE TAKEN THE VIEW THAT THERE IS NO REQUIREMENT FOR HONG KONG TO OFFER DOUBLE TAXATION RELIEF TO RESIDENTS OF OTHER TAX JURISDICTIONS.

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"IN ANY EVENT, MANY DEVELOPED COUNTRIES ALREADY OFFER THEIR RESIDENTS UNILATERAL RELIEF ON INCOMES WHICH HAVE A SOURCE IN HONG KONG. TO THE EXTENT THAT THIS IS SO, A DOUBLE TAXATION AGREEMENT WILL NOT OF ITSELF PROVIDE ANY ADDITIONAL INCENTIVE FOR INVESTMENTS IN HONG KONG," SIR PIERS NOTED.

TURNING TO THE SIGNING OF A RECIPROCAL TAX EXEMPTION AGREEMENT ON SHIPPING INCOME BETWEEN THE HONG KONG AND UNITED STATES GOVERNMENTS LAST MONTH, SIR PIERS SAID THE AGREEMENT SHOULD NOT BE SEEN AS INDICATING A CHANGE OF POLICY IN RELATION TO BILATERAL ARRANGEMENT.

"RATHER IT SHOULD BE SEEN AS AN EXCEPTIONAL MEASURE TO MEET A PARTICULAR PROBLEM," HE EMPHASISED.

THE NEED FOR THIS AGREEMENT AROSE FROM THE 1986 U.S. TAX REFORM ACT, WHICH CHANGED THE BASIS UPON WHICH FOREIGN SHIPOWNERS WERE TAXED IN THE UNITED STATES, THEREBY AFFECTING THE LOCAL SHIPPING INDUSTRY ON TWO FRONTS.

FIRSTLY, HONG KONG SHIPOWNERS WHO WERE EXEMPT PREVIOUSLY FROM U.S. TAX BECAUSE THEIR SHIPS WERE REGISTERED IN TAX JURISDICTIONS SUCH AS LIBERIA OR PANAMA, WHICH TO PROVIDE RECIPROCAL EXEMPTION, FOUND THEMSELVES LIABLE TO THE U.S. TAX BECAUSE AS SHAREHOLDERS THEY ARE RESIDENTS IN HONG KONG.

"SECONDLY, FOREIGN OWNERS OF SHIP WERE, BY VIRTUE OF REGISTRATION OR INCORPORATION IN HONG KONG, LIABLE TO A GROSS TRANSPORTATION TAX ON THEIR U.S. SHIPPING INCOME," HE SAID.

THE CHANGES HAD SERIOUS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE LOCAL SHIPPING INDUSTRY AS THE NEW APPROACH ENCOURAGED THE REFLAGGING OF VESSELS AT PRESENT REGISTERED IN HONG KONG TO COUNTRIES WHICH PROVIDED RECIPROCAL TAX EXEMPTION TO U.S. SHIPOWNERS, HE EXPLAINED.

"IF NO ACTION HAD BEEN TAKEN THIS COULD UNDERMINE THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE HONG KONG SHIPPING REGISTER AND ADVERSELY AFFECT. THE VIABILITY OF LOCAL SHIPPING SUPPORT SERVICES, SUCH AS BROKERAGE, INSURANCE AND SO ON.

"IN SHORT, THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG AS A MARITIME CENTRE WAS PUT AT SOME RISK," HE SAID.

"AGAINST THIS BACKGROUND, THERE WAS A NEED TO OFFSET THE OTHERWISE DAMAGING EFFECTS OF AN AMENDMENT TO THE TAXATION LAWS OF ANOTHER COUNTRY," THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY SAID.

HE STRESSED THAT WHAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD DONE TO THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS A PRECEDENT BY OTHER INDUSTRIES NOT FACED WITH THE SAME PROBLEM.

SIR PIERS SAID AS FINANCIAL SECRETARY, THIS MAIN CONCERN MUST BE TO PRESERVE THE ESSENTIAL SIMPLICITY OF OUR TAXATION SYSTEM AND HE WAS THEREFORE NATURALLY RELUCTANT TO SEE TOO MANY EXCEPTIONS WHICH COULD ERODE THAT SIMPLICITY AND LEAD HONG KONG INTO UNCHARTED WATERS.

"NEVERTHELESS, I AM CONSCIOUS OF CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES IN INTERNATIONAL TAXATION AND WE MUST BE ALERT TO PROBLEMS THAT MIGHT ARISE FROM TIME TO TIME," HE SAID.

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EXTERNAL TRADE STATISTICS FOR JULY RELEASED » t ♦ * ♦

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE IN JULY 1989, AT $101,258 MILLION, GREW BY 14 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS COMPARED WITH JULY 1988, ACCORDING TO THE DETAILED FIGURES ON THE VALUE OF TRADE IN JULY 1989 RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY 5 PER CENT TO $21,104 MILLION IN JULY 1989, WHILE RE-EXPORTS ROSE BY 31 PER CENT TO $31,431 MILLION, THUS BRINGING TOTAL EXPORTS IN JULY 1989 TO $52,535 MILLION, WHICH REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF 19 PER CENT OVER JULY 1988.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, IMPORTS INCREASED BY 10 PER CENT TO $48,723 MILLION.

TOTAL MERCHANDISE TRADE IN JANUARY TO JULY 1989, AT $641,035 MILLION, INCREASED BY 23 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCREASED BY 6 PER CENT TO $123,162 MILLION, WHILE RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY 36 PER CENT TO $192,527 MILLION. THUS, THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS INCREASED BY 23 PER CENT TO $315,689 MILLION. IMPORTS INCREASED BY 22 PER CENT TO $325,347 MILLION.

COMPARING JULY 1989 WITH JULY 1988, SUBSTANTIAL GROWTH WAS RECORDED IN THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO TAIWAN (+31 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (+24 PER CENT), JAPAN (+19 PER CENT) AND CHINA (+16 PER CENT). THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE USA, THE LARGEST MARKET, INCREASED BY 3 PER CENT.

HOWEVER, THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE NETHERLANDS AND THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY DECREASED BY 12 PER CENT, 7 PER CENT AND 4 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

IMPORTS FROM MOST MAJOR SUPPLIERS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS IN JULY 1989 OVER JULY 1988, PARTICULARLY THOSE FROM ITALY (+30 PER CENT), CHINA (+30 PER CENT), TAIWAN (+22 PER CENT) AND SINGAPORE (+14 PER CENT). HOWEVER, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS FROM THE USA, THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA AND JAPAN DECREASED BY 12 PER CENT, 8 PER CENT AND 3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

RE-EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, THE USA, CANADA, SINGAPORE AND THE UNITED KINGDOM INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN VALUE TERMS BY 63 PER CENT, 63 PER CENT, 49 PER CENT, 43 PER CENT AND 41 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY. INCREASES WERE ALSO RECORDED IN THE VALUE OF REEXPORTS TO AUSTRALIA (+33 PER CENT), JAPAN (+28 PER CENT), TAIWAN (+19 PER CENT) AND CHINA (+11 PER CENT).

COMPARING JANUARY TO JULY 1989 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988, DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO MOST MAJOR MARKETS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS.

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THE MARKETS WITH MORE SIGNIFICANT GROWTH IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS INCLUDED CHINA (+26 PER CENT). JAPAN (+23 PER CENT), TAIWAN (+18 PER CENT) AND SINGAPORE (+17 PER CENT). HOWEVER, THOSE TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY AND THE USA DECREASED BY 4 PER CENT AND 1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

IMPORTS IN JANUARY TO JULY 1989 FROM ALL MAJOR SUPPLIERS INCREASED IN VALUE TERMS COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988. SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE RECORDED IN IMPORTS FROM ITALY (+39 PER CENT), CHINA (+33 PER CENT), SINGAPORE (+32 PER CENT), TAIWAN (+26 PER CENT). THE USA (+17 PER CENT), THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA (+15 PER CENT), THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY (+15 PER CENT) AND JAPAN (+14 PER CENT).

OVER THE SAME PERIOD OF COMPARISON, RE-EXPORTS TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY, THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE USA, CANADA. AUSTRALIA, JAPAN, CHINA AND SINGAPORE INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN VALUE TERMS, BY 63 PER CENT, 49 PER CENT, 48 PER CENT, 47 PER CENT, 47 PER CENT, 38 PER CENT, 30 PER CENT AND 30 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

ALL TRADE STATISTICS PRESENTED HERE ARE MEASURED AT CURRENT PRICES AND NO ACCOUNT HAS BEEN TAKEN OF THE CHANGES IN PRICES BETWEEN THE PERIODS OF COMPARISON. A SEPARATE ANALYSIS OF THE PRICE AND VOLUME MOVEMENTS OF EXTERNAL TRADE IN JULY 1989 WILL BE RELEASED IN EARLY OCTOBER 1989.

THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO HONG KONG’S 10 MAJOR MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 1.

COMPARING JANUARY TO JULY 1989 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988, NOTABLE INCREASES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS WERE REGISTERED FOR CLOTHING (BY $2,554 MILLION OR 7 PER CENT): OFFICE MACHINES AND AUTOMATIC DATA PROCESSING EQUIPMENT (BY $1,080 MILLION OR 15 PER CENT); ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $728 MILLION OR 56 PER CENT); AND TEXTILES (BY $645 MILLION OR 7 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED FOR MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (BY $352 MILLION OR 2 PER CENT) AND FOOTWEAR (BY $127 MILLION OR 15 PER CENT).

TABLE 2 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS.

THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS FROM HONG KONG’S 10 MAJOR SUPPLIERS ARE SUMMARISED IN TABLE 3.

COMPARING JANUARY TO JULY 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 TEXTILES (BY $7,603 MILLION OR 22 PER CENT): CLOTHING (BY $6,812 MILLION OR 42 PER CENT); TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $6,657 MILLION OR 42 PER CENT); AND ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF (BY $5,608 MILLION OR 20 PER CENT).

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HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED FOR ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $1,161 MILLION OR 10 PER CENT); AND RAW HIDES, SKINS AND FURSKINS (BY $179 MILLION OR 12 PER CENT).

TABLE 4 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN IMPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS.

THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS TO HONG KONG’S 10 MAJOR MARKETS ARE SHOWN IN TABLE 5.

COMPARING JANUARY TO JULY 1989 WITH THE SAME PERIOD IN 1988, NOTABLE INCREASES IN THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS WERE REGISTERED FOR MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (BY $7,067 MILLION OR 52 PER CENT); CLOTHING (BY $6,739 MILLION OR 53 PER CENT); TEXTILES (BY $5,846 MILLION OR 32 PER CENT); AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT (BY $5,399 MILLION OR 59 PER CENT).

HOWEVER, DECREASES WERE RECORDED FOR ARTIFICIAL RESINS AND PLASTIC MATERIALS, AND CELLULOSE ESTERS AND ETHERS (BY $505 MILLION OR 9 PER CENT); AND RAW HIDES, SKINS AND FURSKINS (BY $136 MILLION OR 24 PER CENT).

TABLE 6 ILLUSTRATES THE CHANGES IN RE-EXPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS.

DETAILED STATISTICS ON TRADE VALUE BY COMMODITY AND BY COUNTRY ARE PUBLISHED IN TRADE STATISTICS REPORTS. THE JULY 1989 ISSUE OF THE "HONG KONG TRADE STATISTICS SUMMARY" WILL BE ON SALE AROUND SEPTEMBER 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 JULY 1989 WILL BE AVAILABLE IN END-SEPTEMBER AT $17.50 PER COPY.

ENQUIRIES REGARDING REGULAR SUBSCRIPTION TO THESE REPORTS MAY BE DIRECTED TO THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AT FRENCH MISSION BUILDING, 1 BATTERY PATH, HONG KONG (TEL. NO.: 5-8428802) AND ENQUIRIES ON TRADE STATISTICS TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT (TEL. NO.: 5-8234915).

TABLE 1: DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO 10 MAJOR MARKETS

JUL JUL 89 JAN-JUL JAN-JUL 89

MAJOR MARKET 1989 OVER 1989 OVER

JUL 88 JAN-JUL 88

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

USA 7,046 + 3 38,307 - 1

CHINA 3,870 + 16 24,412 4- 26

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F.R. OF GERMANY 1,583 - 4 8.711 - 4

UK 1,376 - 12 8,267 4 2

JAPAN 1.158 + 19 6,924 4 23

CANADA 712 + 9 3.614 + 10

SINGAPORE 546 4 24 3,202 + 17

NETHERLANDS 463 - 7 2.720 4 4

AUSTRALIA 365 t 2,327 4 8

TAIWAN 397 + 31 2,239 4 18

* DENOTES LESS THAN 0.5%

TABLE 2: DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS

JUL JUL 89 JAN-JUL JAN-JUL 89

COMMODITY 1989 OVER 1989 OVER

DIVISION JUL 88 JAN-JUL 88

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

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 7.456 4 9 37,492 4 7

MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES, TOYS, GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 2,672 5 15,675 2

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 1,748 4 9 10,711 4 6

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 1,568 - 2 10,172 4 5

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 1,404 4 12 9,259 4 7

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 1,420 7 9,194 4 1

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TABLE 3: IMPORTS FROM 10 MAJOR SUPPLIERS

JUL JUL 89 JAN-JUL JAN-JUL 89

MAJOR SUPPLIER 1989 OVER 1989 OVER

JUL 88 JAN-JUL 88

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

CHINA 17,477 + 30 106,874 + 33

JAPAN 7,893 - 3 56.388 + 14

TAIWAN 4,527 + 22 29.831 + 26

USA 3,730 - 12 27,023 + 17

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 2.066 - 8 16,032 + 15

SINGAPORE 1,915 + 14 12,879 + 32

F.R. OF GERMANY 1,177 + 9 8,115 + 15

UK 1.106 ♦ 6 7,775 + 7

ITALY 962 + 30 5,909 + 39

SWITZERLAND 915 + 11 5,652 + 7

TABLE 4: IMPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS

JUL JUL 89 JAN-JUL JAN-JUL 89

COMMODITY 1989 OVER 1989 OVER

DIVISION JUL 88 JAN-JUL 88

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

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS. MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 6,187 + 18 42,184 + 22

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY, APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES, AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 4,848 + 2 33,312 + 20

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 4.008 + 45 22,882 + 42

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 3,232 + 13 22,371 + 42

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MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BABY CARRIAGES. TOYS, GAMES

AND SPORTING GOODS) 3,386 + 26 19.871 + 35

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS, EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 2,335 + 5 16.987 + 14

TABLE 5: RE-EXPORTS TO 10 MAJOR MARKETS

MAJOR MARKET JUL 1989 (HKD MN.) JUL 89 OVER JUL 88 ( % ) JAN-JUL 1989 (HKD MN.) JAN-JUL 89 OVER JAN-JUL 88 ( % )

CHINA 8,970 + 11 61.526 30

USA 7.179 + 63 36,966 + 48

JAPAN 2,014 + 28 12.235 + 38

TAIWAN 1 .393 + 19 9,552 + 24

REPUBLIC OF KOREA 1 . 188 + 9 7.948 + 17

F.R. OF GERMANY 1,234 + 63 6.957 + 63

SINGAPORE 1.083 43 6,111 + 30

UK 852 + 41 4.743 + 49

AUSTRALIA 537 33 3, 100 + 4 7

CANADA 561 + 4 9 2,872 + 47

TABLE 6: RE -EXPORTS OF THE MAJOR COMMODITY DIVISIONS

COMMODITY DIVISION JUL 1989 (HKD MN.) JUL 89 OVER JUL 88 ( % ) JAN-JUL 1989 (HKD MN.) JAN-JUL OVER JAN-JUL ( % 89 88 )

TEXTILE YARN, FABRICS, MADE-UP ARTICLES AND RELATED PRODUCTS 4,009

+ 37 24.259

+ 32

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MISCELLANEOUS MANUFACTURED ARTICLES (MAINLY BAB\ CARRIAGES. TOYS. GAMES AND SPORTING GOODS) 4.372 63 20.720 52

ARTICLES OF APPAREL AND CLOTHING ACCESSORIES 3.710 68 19.397 53

ELECTRICAL MACHINERY. APPARATUS AND APPLIANCES. AND ELECTRICAL PARTS THEREOF 2.895 14 19,277 + 31

TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND SOUND RECORDING AND REPRODUCING APPARATUS AND EQUIPMENT 2.410 + 41 14.521 + 59

PHOTOGRAPHIC APPARATUS. EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES, OPTICAL GOODS, WATCHES AND CLOCKS 1 . 153 4 48 7.52 1 + 39

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SALE OF THREE GOVT LOTS FETCHES

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$578.6 MILLION

THREE LOTS OF GOVERNMENT LAND WERE SOLD FOR A TOTAL OF $578.6 MILLION IN AN AUCTION HELD TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT.

THE LOTS INCLUDED TWO FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES (EXCLUDING OFFENSIVE TRADE) AND ONE FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL (EXCLUDING RESIDENTIAL, HOTEL, CINEMA. GODOWN AND PETROL FILLING STATION) PURPOSES AND INCLUDES A PUBLIC TRANSPORT TERMINUS.

ONE OF THE TWO LOTS DESIGNATED FOR INDUSTRIAL AND/OR GODOWN PURPOSES IS LOCATED IN AREA 25. ON LOK TSUEN, FANL1NG. ITS AREA IS ABOUT 1.707 SQUARE METRES.

BIDDING OPENED AT $15 MILLION AND THE LOT WAS BOUGHT BY MASS COLLECTION Off. LTD FOR $20.6 MILLION.

ACCORDING TO THE BUILDING COVENANT. THE DEVELOPER IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF NOT LESS THAN 5,121 SQUARE METRES BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30. 1993.

THE SECOND LOT FOR THE SAME PURPOSES IS LOCATED IN AREA 11, SHA TIN NEW TOWN. IT COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 4,773 SQUARE METRES.

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BIDDING OPENED AT $85 MILLION AND THE LOT WAS BOUGHT BY BOMARON LTD FOR $188 MILLION.

THE DEVELOPER IS REQUIRED UNDER THE BUILDING COVENANT TO COMPLETE A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF NOT LESS THAN 27,205 SQUARE METRES BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30. 1993.

THE THIRD LOT. WHICH IS DESIGNATED FOR NON-INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES AND LOCATED AT LAM LOR STREET IN KOWLOON BAY. COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 6,300 SQUARE METRES.

BIDDING OPENED AT $370 MILLION AND THE LOT WAS BOUGHT BY MABLE ROAD CO. LTD FOR $370 MILLION.

THE BUILDING COVENANT STIPULATES THAT A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF NOT LESS THAN 36,000 SQUARE METRES HAS TO BE COMPLETED ON THE LOT BEFORE SEPTEMBER 30. 1993.

THE AUCTION. HELD AT THE CITY HALL THEATRE, WAS CONDUCTED BY THE GOVERNMENT LAND AGENT. MR J.S. CORRIGALL.

MR CORRIGALL SAID QUITE A LOT OF INTEREST HAD BEEN GENERATED ON THE SHA TIN LOT WHICH HE DESCRIBED AS A GOOD LOT WITH A LOT OF POTENTIAL.

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RAINFALL BELOW NORMAL IN AUGUST

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AUGUST WAS THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE MONTH THAT THE RAINFALL WAS BELOW NORMAL. THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY SAID IN ITS MONTHLY WEATHER REPORT ISSUED TODAY (MONDAY).

ALTHOUGH EIGHT TROPICAL CYCLONES OCCURRED IN THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC IN AUGUST, NONE OF THEM CAME NEAR ENOUGH TO AFFECT HONG KONG.

CONSEQUENTLY, THE MONTHLY RAINFALL AMOUNTED TO ONLY 218 MILLIMETRES WHICH IS ABOUT HALF OF THE NORMAL FIGURE OF 413.4 MILLIMETRES.

THE TOTAL RAINFALL FOR THE FIRST EIGHT MONTHS OF THE YEAR WAS 1,640.8 MILLIMETRES WHICH IS FIVE PER CENT BELOW THE NORMAL AMOUNT OF 1,723.1 MILLIMETRES FOR THE SAME PERIOD.

THE MEAN TEMPERATURE FOR THE MONTH OF 28.9 DEGREES CELSIUS IS THE SIXTH HIGHEST ON RECORD FOR AUGUST.

THE WEATHER WAS CLOUDY WITH SOME LIGHT RAIN ON AUGUST 1.

DURING THE NEXT MORNING, THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPED INLAND AND DRIFTED SOUTHWARDS TO AFFECT THE TERRITORY LATE IN THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING. THE THUNDERSTORMS ALSO BROUGHT THE TEMPERATURES DOWN TO 24.9 DEGREES. THE LOWEST FOR THE MONTH.

/APART FROM

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APART FROM SOME MORNING SHOWERS ON AUGUST 4 AND 5, GENERALLY FINE WEATHER PREVAILED BETWEEN AUGUST 3 AND 10.

iN THE EVENING OF AUGUST 10, RAIN ASSOCIATED WITH AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE OVER THE NORTHERN PART OF THE SOUTH CHINA SEA AFFECTED THE TERRITORY. CLOUDY WEATHER WITH OCCASIONAL RAIN PERSISTED UNTIL AUGUST 12.

FINE AND HOT WEATHER SET IN ON AUGUST 13.

GENERALLY FINE CONDITIONS WITH LONG PERIODS OF SUNSHINE THEN PREVAILED FOR THE NEXT SEVEN DAYS ALTHOUGH SOME ISOLATED SHOWERS AND HEAT THUNDERSTORMS OCCURRED ON A FEW OCCASIONS WITHIN THIS PERIOD.

DURING THE THUNDERSTORM ON THE EVENING OF AUGUST 15, POWER SUPPLY IN EASTERN KOWLOON AND PARTS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES WAS DISRUPTED.

ON AUGUST 17. DAYTIME HEATING BROUGHT THE AFTERNOON TEMPERATURE TO A MAXIMUM OF 34.3 DEGREES. THE HIGHEST FOR THE MONTH.

WITH AN AREA OF LOW PRESSURE TO THE SOUTH OF HONG KONG, THE WEATHER TURNED RAINY ON AUGUST 20 WITH SOME THUNDERSTORMS. A 33-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS REPORTED TO BE ELECTROCUTED BY LIGHTNING WHILE WORKING IN A CONSTRUCTION SITE IN LOK MA CHAU.

RAIN BECAME MORE FREQUENT AND HEAVY LATER ON AUGUST 22. IN TAI PO, AN 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL AND A 15-YEAR-OLD BOY WERE SWEPT AWAY BY SWIFT STREAM CURRENTS AND WERE LATER FOUND DEAD.

THE RAINY CONDITIONS PERSISTED INTO THE NEXT DAY. DURING THESE TWO DAYS, 10 MINOR FLOODS WERE REPORTED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND EIGHT IN THE URBAN AREAS. TWO MINOR LANDSLIPS ALSO OCCURRED. ONE IN DIAMOND HILL AND THE OTHER IN TSUEN WAN.

DURING THE PERIOD FROM AUGUST 24 TO 29. THE WEATHER REMAINED MAINLY CLOUDY WITH OCCASIONAL RAIN AND ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS. HOWEVER, A RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE BEGAN TO ESTABLISH OVER SOUTH CHINA, AND GENERALLY FINE AND SUNNY WEATHER PREVAILED IN HONG KONG ON AUGUST 30 AND 31.

DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST, TWO AIRCRAFT WERE DIVERTED DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER. THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS WERE ISSUED ON AUGUST 2, 5, 14 TO 18 AND 20 TO 29. THE FLOOD WARNING WAS IN EFFECT ON AUGUST 21 TO 24 AND AUGUST 29.

A TOTAL OF EIGHT TROPICAL CYCLONES OCCURRED OVER THE WESTERN NORTH PACIFIC DURING THE MONTH. TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING SIGNALS AND THE STRONG MONSOON SIGNAL WERE NOT HOISTED DURING THE MONTH.

THE MONTH’S FIGURES AND DEPARTURES FROM NORMAL WERE:

TOTAL BRIGHT SUNSHINE 196.4 HOURS : 9.6 HOURS BELOW

NORMAL

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MEAN DAILY GLOBAL SOLAR RADIATION

TOTAL RAINFALL

15.93 MJ/SQ. METRE : 1.79 MJ/SQ. METRE

BELOW NORMAL

218.0 MM : 195.4 MM BELOW

NORMAL

MEAN AMOUNT OF CLOUD 63 PER CENT 3 PER CENT LOWER THAN NORMAL

MEAN RELATIVE HUMIDITY 80 PER CENT 3 PER CENT LOWER

THAN NORMAL

MEAN DAILY MAXIMUM 31.6 DEGREES CELSIUS 0.4 DEGREE CELSIUS

AIR TEMPERATURE ABOVE NORMAL

MEAN AIR TEMPERATURE 28.9 DEGREES CELSIUS 0.7 DEGREE CELSIUS

ABOVE NORMAL

MEAN DAILY MINIMUM 26.6 DEGREES CELSIUS J 0.7 DEGREE CELSIUS

AIR TEMPERATURE ABOVE NORMAL

MEAN DEW POINT 25.0 DEGREES CELSIUS 0.2 DEGREE CELSIUS

ABOVE NORMAL

TOTAL EVAPORATION

127.0 MM : 34.2 MM BELOW NORMAL

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ROBERT FOOTMAN TAKES UP DEPUTY TRADE DIRECTOR-GENERAL POST ♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

TWO-YEAR

A TAKEN

FOOTMAN, WHO HAS JUST COMPLETED

ROBERT ________ ,

AT THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE. HAS

POST OF DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF TRADE (MULTILATERAL

MR SECONDMENT

AND

UP THE

NORTH

AMERICA) FROM TODAY (MONDAY).

AS ONE OF THE TWO DEPUTY DIRECTORS-GENERAL OF TRADE. MR FOOTMAN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR MATTERS RELATING TO THE GENERAL AGREEMENT ON TARIFFS AND TRADE (GATT) AND THE MULTI-FIBRE ARRANGEMENT RELATIONS AND IMPLEMENTATION OF

COMMERCIAL

(MFA) AS

BILATERAL

RESTRAINT AGREEMENTS WITH THE USA AND CANADA.

MR FOOTMAN, AGED 36. ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER IN 1974.

JOINED THE GOVERNMENT AS AN

BEFORE THE SECONDMENT AT THE FCO. MR FOOTMAN WAS DIRECTOR (NORTH AMERICA) WITH THE TRADE DEPARTMENT FROM 1984

ASSISTANT TO 87 .

HE HAD ALSO SERVED IN THE FORMER NEW ADMINISTRATION (1974-79) AND ENVIRONMENT BRANCH (1979-81), HONG KONG ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS (1982-83).

TERRITORIES

AND IN THE

MR FOOTMAN IS MARRIED AND HAS TWO SONS.

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HK POPULATION ESTIMATED AT 5.76 MILLION ♦ * * * *

THE ESTIMATED POPULATION OF HONG KONG AT THE END OF JUNE 1989 WAS 5.761,400. ACCORDING TO FIGURES RELEASED TODAY (MONDAY) BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THIS IS AN INCREASE OF 25,400 PEOPLE OR 0.4 PER CENT OVER END-1988.

THE BALANCE OF TOTAL ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES SHOWED A NET INFLOW OF 7,100 DURING THE FIRST HALF OF 1989.

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF BIRTHS IN THE FIRST HALF OF 1989 WAS 33.100. DEATHS TOTALLED 14.800. NATURAL INCREASE, THAT IS THE SURPLUS OF BIRTHS OVER DEATHS AMOUNTED TO 18,300, WHICH ACCOUNTED FOR 72 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION GROWTH.

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MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL SPECIAL TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS ******

SPECIAL TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON HONG KONG ISLAND TO COPE WITH FESTIVE CROWDS ON MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL, WHICH FALLS ON SEPTEMBER 14 THIS YEAR. DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

I. TRAFFIC AND PARKING ARRANGEMENTS

THE PEAK AREA

FROM 6.30 PM ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 14) UNTIL 3 AM THE NEXT DAY. THE SECTION OF PEAK ROAD OUTSIDE THE UPPER PEAK TRAM TERMINUS WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT BUSES, COACHES, TAXIS, GREEN MINIBUSES AND THOSE FOR ACCESS TO PREMISES IN MOUNT AUSTIN ROAD, LUGARD ROAD AND HARLECH ROAD.

ALL OTHER VEHICLES WILL BE DIRECTED TO TURN ROUND OUTSIDE THE VICTORIA GAP CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND AND LEAVE VIA THE PEAK ROAD SLIP ROAD OUTSIDE THE PEAK MANSIONS.

AT THE SAME TIME, THE ACCESS ROAD WITHIN THE UPPER PEAK TRAM TERMINUS CARPARK AND THE TRANSPORT INTERCHANGE WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY CLOCKWISE FOR BUSES, COACHES, TAXIS AND GREEN MINIBUSES ONLY.

TRAFFIC DIVERSIONS IN PEAK ROAD AND MAGAZINE GAP ROAD MAY BE IMPOSED AT ANY TIME IF NECESSARY.

* FROM 2 PM ON THURSDAY UNTIL 3 AM THE NEXT MORNING, ALL METERED PARKING SPACES AND PUBLIC BUS PARKING SPACES AT THE UPPER PEAK TRAM TERMINUS AND PEAK GARDEN WIL BE SUSPENDED.

/TO FACILITATE .......

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TO FACILITATE OPERATION OF SPECIAL BUS SERVICES. CMB VEHICLE NO. DW2701 BEARING THE COMPANY’S LOGO WILL BE PERMITTED TO PARK INSIDE THE UPPER PEAK TRAM TERMINUS CARPARK.

CAUSEWAY BAY

* THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FROM 7 PM ON THURSDAY TO 3 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY !

- GLOUCESTER ROAD BETWEEN GLOUCESTER ROAD SERVICE ROAD AND CAUSEWAY ROAD (EXCEPT THE ACCESS FOR NORTHBOUND VEHICLES FROM TAI HANG ROAD FLYOVER HEADING FOR GLOUCESTER ROAD FLYOVER):

- KINGSTON STREET EAST OF CLEVELAND STREET;

- PATERSON STREET SOUTH OF KINGSTON STREET;

- EAST POINT ROAD;

- GREAT GEORGE STREET;

- SUGAR STREET;

- LOCKHART ROAD EAST OF CANNON STREET;

- JAFFE ROAD EAST OF CANNON STREET;

- KAI CHIU ROAD EAST OF YUN PING ROAD;

- ELECTRIC ROAD BETWEEN HING FAT STREET AND YACHT STREET (EXCEPT FOR VEHICLES HEADING FOR PARK TOWER CARPARKS). HOWEVER, THIS ROAD SECTION MAY BE COMPLETELY CLOSED IF NECESSARY; AND

- HING FAT STREET BETWEEN CAUSEWAY ROAD AND ELECTRIC ROAD (EXCEPT FOR FRANCHISED BUSES).

AT THE SAME TIME, LAU LI STREET BETWEEN ELECTRIC ROAD AND HING FAT STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY WESTBOUND FOR VEHICLES TRAVELLING FROM ELECTRIC ROAD TO HING FAT STREET WHILE CANNON STREET WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND.

FROM NOON ON THURSDAY UNTIL 3 AM THE NEXT DAY, ALL METERED PARKING SPACES IN HING FAT STREET CARPARK, LOCKHART ROAD BETWEEN CANNON STREET AND PERCIVAL STREET, JAFFE ROAD RAST OF PERCIVAL STREET AND TUNG LO WAN ROAD BETWEEN KING’S ROAD AND WUN SHA STREET WILL BE SUSPENDED.

TAXI STANDS IN PATERSON STREET, LAU LI STREET AND NGAN MOK STREET, AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STANDS IN GLOUCESTER ROAD AND SUGAR STREET WILL ALSO BE CANCELLED.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1989

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FROM 7.30 PM TO 11.30 PM ON THURSDAY, LEARNER DRIVERS WILL BE BANNED FROM LEIGHTON ROAD (EXCEPT THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN PERCIVAL STREET AND WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD). TIN LOK LANE, CAROLINE HILL ROAD, EASTERN HOSPITAL ROAD, TAI HANG ROAD NORTH OF LAI TAK TSUEN ROAD, TUNG LO WAN KCAD, ELi.CTRXC ROAD SOUTH OF WING HING STREET. MORRISON HILLROAD NORTHBOUND, HENNESSY RAOD EAST OF MARSH ROAD. THE DOWNHILL CARRIAGEWAY OF TIN HAU TEMPLE ROAD WEST OF FORTRESS HILL ROAD AND CAUSEWAY ROAD.

CENTRAL

* THE SECTION OF PIER ROAD BETWEEN GILMAN STREET AND CENTRAL HABOUR SERVICES PIER WILL BE CLOSED FROM 1 PM TO MIDNIGHT ON SEPTEMBER 14.

SOUTHERN DISTRICT

* BEACH ROAD AND SOUTH BAY ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC EXCEPT CMB BUSES AND LOCAL ACCESS VEHICLES. AT ANY TIME IF NECESSARY.

* ALL PARKING SPACES ALONG BEACH ROAD OPPOSITE TO HOUSE NO. 871 EXCEPT THE TAXI STAND WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 2 PM ON THURSDAY TO 8 PM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

» ’'NO PARKING" SIGNS WILL BE ERECTED ALONG BIG WAVE BAY ROAD BETWEEN HOUSE NO. 8 AND THE BIG WAVE BAY CARPARK TO DETER ILLEGAL PARKING.

EASTERN DISTRICT

TRAFFIC DIVERSION IN CAPE COLLINSON ROAD BETWEEN LIN SHING ROAD AND SHEK 0 ROAD MAY BE IMPOSED AT ANY TIME IF NECESSARY.

II. PUBLIC TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS

NO PARKING FACILITIES WILL BE PROVIDED IN THE PEAK AND VICTORIA PARK AREA. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED TO MAKE FULL USE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES. DETAILS OF SPECIAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES ON THURSDAY ARE AS FOLLOWS :

THE MTR (MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY) AND PEAK TRAMS WILL RUN ALL NIGHT WHILE TRAM SERVICES. EXCEPT THE ROUTES RUNNING FROM HAPPY VALLEY TO SHAU KEI WAN AND KENNEDY TOWN RESPECTIVELY. WILL BE EXTENDED TO AROUND 2 AM ON FRIDAY.

CMB (CHINA MOTOR BUS) WILL OPERATE TWO SPECIAL BUS ROUTES TO THE PEAK AREA: NO. 15A RUNNING BETWEEN NORTH POINT FERRY AND THE PEAK FROM 7.30 PM ON THURSDAY TO 4 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY; AND NO. 15M OPERATING FROM 8 PM ON THURSDAY TO 4 AM THE NEXT DAY BETWEEN ADMIRALTY MTR STATION AND THE PEAK.

/ADDITIONAL SERVICE

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AS FOR GREEN MINIBUS SERVICES, ROUTE FRIDAY.

ADDITIONAL SERVICES WILL BE PROVIDED ROUTES ACCORDING TO DEMAND.

FROM 6 30 PM ON THURSDAY, SEPARATE SaSswwEs CENTRAL HARBOUR SERVICES PIER.

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4 AM ON

ON OUTLYING DISTRICT FERRY

DIRECT SAILINGS WILL BE AND PENG CHAU SERVICES. THE AT THE OUTLYING DISTRICT FROM THE WEST WING OF THE

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MORE MID-AL'TUMN CELEBRATIONS ♦ * * * *

IN KOWLOON

TWO MORE DISTRICTS - SHAM SHUIPO CELEBRATING THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL WITH THIS WEEK.

AND WONG TAI SIN

WILL BE

CARNIVALS AND VARIETY

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ADMISSION IS FREE. SHAM SHUT PO DISTRICT SUB-OFFICES.

GAMES COUPONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT OFFICE AT 37-39 TONKIN STREET AND

AND

THE ITS

THE SECOND VARIETY

SHOW, ORGANISED BY THE SHAM SHUI PO

COUNCIL WILL BE ON ROAD

PLAYGROUND.

/IN WONG

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 19$9

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IN WONG TAI SIN, FOUR CARNIVALS AND VARIETY SHOWS WILL BE HELD ON FRIDAY. ORGANISED MAINLY BY AREA COMMITTEES IN THE DISTRICT WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT BOARD.

STARTING AT 8 PM, THREE EVENTS WILL BE STAGED IN THE OPEN AIR THEATRE AT MORSE PARK. AT A CONCOURSE NEAR THE WANG KWONG HOUSE AT WANG TAU HOM ESTATE, AND ON THE PODIUM OF THE PHASE II MARKET AT CHOI WAN ESTATE.

THE FOURTH EVENT WILL BEGIN AT 5 PM ON THE PODIUM OF SUN LAI GARDEN IN NGAU CHI WAN.

TWO OTHER CELEBRATIONS WILL BE HELD THE FOLLOWING DAY, ONE STARTING AT 7.30 PM AT THE PLAYGROUND ADJACENT TO LOK YAN HOUSE AT TSZ LOK ESTATE, AND THE OTHER - A CHINESE OPERA - AT 8 PM IN THE HALL OF ST BENEDICT’S SECONDARY TECHNICAL SCHOOL AT CHOI HUNG ESTATE.

THE LAST CELEBRATION WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 17) AT THE SITTING-OUT AREA OUTSIDE ON KEI HOUSE AT TSZ ON ESTATE.

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HYBRID SYSTEM READY FOR DEMONSTRATION t t * ♦ *

LIVESTOCK FARMERS WISHING TO CONTINUE BUSINESS IN CONTROL AREAS WILL BE ABLE TO SEE THE OPERATION OF THE HYBRID SYSTEM FOR WASTE TREATMENT UNDER PRIVATE FARM CONDITIONS.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE STEERING GROUP ON DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS ON PRIVATE FARMS, MR LEO KWAN. TOLD MEMBERS AT A MEETING TODAY (MONDAY) THAT ONE OF THE PRIVATE FARMS PARTICIPATING IN THE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS WHICH USES THE HYBRID METHOD IS NOW READY FOR DEMONSTRATION.

THE FIRST VISIT TO THIS PIG FARM IN MA ON SHAN WILL TAKE PLACE ON SEPTEMBER 26.

MR KWAN ASKED THE FARMERS’ REPRESENTATIVES TO REMIND INDIVIDUAL FARMERS TO REGISTER THEIR INTEREST IN VISITING THE FARM WITH THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

MR KWAN SAID CNTA HAS BEEN ORGANISING VISITS FOR INTERESTED FARMERS TO OBSERVE THE OPERATION OF DIFFERENT WASTE TREATMENT METHODS. A NUMBER OF VISITS TO FARMS USING THE PIG-ON-LITTER AND DRY MUCK-OUT METHODS HAVE ALREADY BEEN ARRANGED.

THE AIM OF THESE VISITS IS TO LET THE FARMERS HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE VARIOUS TREATMENT METHODS WHICH WILL ENABLE THEM TO COMPLY WITH ANTI-POLLUTION REGULATIONS. THIS WILL HELP THEM DECIDE WHICH TREATMENT METHOD WILL BE MOST SUITABLE FOR THEIR FARMS.

/AT THE ......

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/AT THE MEETING, THE STEERING GROUP MEMBERS WERE BRIEFED BY REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT ON THE PROGRESS OF THE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS.

THEY LEARNT THAT OUT OF THE NINE FARMS PARTICIPATING IN THE PROJECTS, SIX HAVE ALREADY BEEN HANDED OVER TO THE OPERATORS. THESE INCLUDE THREE FARMS USING THE DRY MUCK-OUT METHOD, TWO USING THE PIG-ON-LITTER METHOD AND ONE USING THE HYBRID SYSTEM.

AFTER THE MEETING. THE STEERING GROUP MEMBERS VISITED A PIG FARM IN SHEUNG SHUI WHICH USES THE WET MUCK-OUT METHOD TO LOOK AT THE PROGRESS OF THE WASTE TREATMENT PROJECT THERE.

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’MEET THE PUBLIC SCHEME’ ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA * * t * t

THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD’S FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER A PROGRESS REPORT ON THE "MEET THE PUBLIC SCHEME” OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE PLACING OF ADVERTISEMENTS IN THE DISTRICT NEWSPAPER AND THE DISTRICT BOARD’S FINANCIAL POSITION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD’S FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION COMMITTEE TO BE HELD IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT OFFICE, TUNG YAN STREET.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS

MEMBERS OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE WILL MEET TOMORROW (TUESDAY) TO CONSIDER REQUESTS FOR CARRYING OUT LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS PROJECTS IN THE DISTRICT.

THE PROPOSED PROJECTS INCLUDE REPAIR TO A VAN TRACK IN SHA TAU KOK, IMPROVEMENT TO AN OPEN SPACE IN KWU TUNG. SHEUNG SHUI. AND RECONSTRUCTION OF A FOOTBRIDGE IN TA KWU LING.

/MEMBERS WILL .......

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 1989

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS WAYS TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT AT

TA KWU LING.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE PROGRESS REPORTS ON VILLAGE LIGHTING INSTALLATIONS. MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND SQUATTER AREA IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE. JOCKEY CLUB ROAD, FANLING. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 10 AM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS * ♦ t * t

THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS A NUMBER OF MEASURES TO IMPROVE THE DISTRICT'S ENVIRONMENT AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THESE INCLUDE CLEARANCE OF ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN BACKLANES. IMPROVING LIGHTING AT SEVEN LOCATIONS AND REPAIRING PLANTERS.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE INSTALLATION OF A WELCOME SIGN IN THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR. 490 NATHAN ROAD.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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DB COMMITTEE I’o D1S( US’* b STABLI SHMF.N1 OF SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD

THE COMMUNIT\ BUILDING COMMITTEE OF THE VAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS AN INFORMATION PAPER ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD \T ITS MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD. WHICH WILL WORK CLOSELY WITH DISTRICT BOARDS AND DISTRICT SPORTS ORGANISATIONS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF SPORT AND PHYSICAL RECREATION. IS SCHEDULED TO BE SET UP IN APRIL NEXT YEAR.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER A NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS TO ORGANISE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES. INCLUDING A WAN CHAI YOUTH FESTIVAL. CIVIC EDUCATION CAMP. CIVIC EDUCATION NIGHT CRUISE. AND MEDICAL AND HEALTH SEMINAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE WHICH WILL BEGIN AT I PM IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM. 2 1ST FLOOR, SOUTHORN CENTRE, 130 HENNESSY ROAD. HONG KONG.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD

*****

MEMBERS OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S RECREATION. SPORTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WILL EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE SPORTS DEVELOPMENT BOARD AT A MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 13).

THE BOARD WILL BE ESTABLISHED IN APRIL NEXT YEAR TO PROMOTE AND DEVELOP SPORTS AND PHYSICAL RECREATION IN HONG KONG.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES PLANNED BY GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS FOR THE DISTRICT IN SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S RECREATION. SPORTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 13) IN THE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE. 152 KWONG FUK ROAD. TAI PO.

THE MEETING WILL START AT 2.30 PM.

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DB CULTURE COMMITTEE TO STUDY PROGRESS REPORTS

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THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE COMMITTEE WILL HOLD ITS THIRD MEETING FOR 1989-90 ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 13).

AT THE MEETING. A MEMBER WILL ASK THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT ABOUT THE MAINTENANCE AND IMPROVEMENT WORKS ON THE VARIOUS FACILITIES OF LUT SAU HALL.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO STUDY PROGRESS ENTERTAINMENT PROGRAMMES. LIBRARY EXTENSION ACTIVITIES BOARD-SPONSORED CULTURAL ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

REPORTS ON

AND DISTRICT

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 13) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, 13TH FLOOR, TAI KIU GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE. YUEN LONG.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 3 PM.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE * * ♦ *

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 64.8 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 379.875 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 263.927 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 45 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MOST VBP SCREENED OUT AS NON-REFUGEES ARE MIGRANTS ............. 1

SIXTH MEETING OF PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY................. 3

GOVERNOR TO VISIT USA NEXT MONTH ............................... 6

GOVERNOR CONGRATULATES HK CLIMBERS ON EVEREST ASSAULT .......... 6

HYF FARE APPLICATION DISCUSSED ................................  7

GREEN PAPER PROJECTS NECESSARY IRRESPECTIVE OF AIRPORT DECISION ....................................................... 8

HOLIDAY CLINIC SERVICES ........................................ 10

DRAFT WASTE DISPOSAL PLAN ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA............... 10

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA .................. 11

MID-AUTUMN CELEBRATION IN TSUEN WAN ........................... 12

LANTERN FESTIVAL CELEBRATION IN WAN CHAI ...................... 12

MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL NT TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ................... 13

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WAN CHAI, SHAU KEI WAN .... 13

NIGHT CLOSURE OF VEHICULAR UNDERPASS IN TO KWA WAN........... 1^

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MOST VBP SCREENED OUT AS NON-REFUGEES ARE MIGRANTS t * ♦ t *

THE VAST MAJORITY OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE WHO ARE S(M l OUT AS NON-REFUGEES AND WHO APPEAL TO THE REFUGEE STATUS REVIEW -Ai.'i) ARE MIGRANTS AND IN MOST CASES OBVIOUS MIGRANTS.

THE BOARD’S CHAIRMAN. MR FRANCIS BLACKWELL. SAID THIS IOL (TUESDAY) WHEN HE REVIEWED THE WORK OF THE BOARD SET UP IN MID JUNE TO STREAMLINE THE APPEAL PROCEDURES.

THE FORMER DISTRICT COURT JUDGE TOLD A PRESS CONFERENCJ REFUGEES ARE HARD TO FIND: LIES ARE LEGION FOR MANY MIGRANTS REFUGEES AND TRY TO DECEIVE NOT ONLY THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION. LUT ALSO THE BOARD.

"WHATEVER THE CASE. THE BOARD CONSIDERS EACH APPEAL WITH GRI. • F CARE. AND THERE IS FREQUENTLY MUCH ARGUMENT AND AGONISING BEFORE MANY DECISIONS ARE REACHED.

"HOWEVER. ONCE A DECISION IS REACHED, IT IS ABSOLUTELY FINAL AND THERE IS NO APPEAL OR REVIEW THEREFROM.

"IT IS BECAUSE THE DECISION OF THE BOARD CAN HAVE SUCH AN ENORMOUS EFFECT UPON THE LIVES OF THE APPLICANTS AND IN MANY CASES THE LIVES OF THEIR IMMEDIATE DEPEDANTS. THAT THE GREATEST OF CARE JS TAKEN TO ENSURE THE DECISION REACHED IS THE PROPER ONE.

"I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT AT NO TIME HAS THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TRIED IN ANY WAY TO INFLUENCE THE BOARD AS TO WHAT DECISION IT SHOULD MAKE.

"THIS ATTITUDE OF OUR GOVERNMENT REFLECTS GREATLY TO ITS CREDIT NOT ONLY IN THE EYES OF ITS OWN PEOPLE AND THOSE WHO RESPECT AND UPHOLD JUSTICE. BUT THIS IS NOW BEING REALISED BY THE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE THEMSELVES."

MR BLACKWELL SAID THAT STANDING AS IT WERE ON THE SIDELINES <>F THE POLITICAL ISSUES INVOLVED. HE REGRETTED TO NOTE HOW MUCH UNFAIR AND UNWARRANTED CRITICISM WAS LEVELLED AT THE GOVERNMENT’S EFFORTS TO TRY AND SOLVE THE CURRENT MIGRATION PROBLEM.

"SUCH CRITICISM UNFORTUNATELY OFTEN COMES FROM THOSE WHO FOR REASONS BEST KNOWN TO THEMSELVES KNOW THE TRUTH OF SITUATION BUT CHOOSE TO DISTORT IT: FROM THOSE WHO COME TO HONG KONG OVER-GENEROUS WITH CRITICISM AND IRRESPONSIBLE SUGGESTIONS. HAVING LIKE PONTIUS PILATE WASHED THEIR HANDS OF THE MATTER SOME 14 YEARS AGO. HAVE LEFT THE POOR HONG KONG AND BRITISH TAXPAYERS TO PICK UP AND PAY THE 1. WITH VERY LITTLE LIKELIHOOD OF BEING REIMBURSED IN FULL - OR EVEN PERHAPS IN PART." HE ADDED.

MR BLACKWELL NOTED THAT ON ITS FORMATION. SOME REFERRED TO THE REVIEW BOARD AS A FACELESS BODY AND A KANGAROO COURT.

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"I HOPE THAT IMAGE HAS BEEN DISPELLED FOR IT HAS SHOWN ITSELF NOT ONLY TO BE EFFICIENT BUT TO BE HUMANE AND DISCERNING.” HE SAID.

"IT HAS SCREENED IN A HIGHER PERCENTAGE OF ASYLUM SEEKERS AS REFUGEES THAN ANY OTHER SIMILAR BODY IN THE SOUTH EAST ASIA REGION.

"THIS IS NO REFLECTION UPON THE EXCELLENT WORK CARRIED OUT BY THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT WHOSE WORK AS OBSERVED BY THE BOARD IS SEEN TO BE METICULOUS AND FAIR.

"EVERY EFFORT IS BEING MADE TO DEMONSTRATE TO THE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE TN THE CAMPS THAT THE BOARD IS NOT A GROUP OF FACELESS BUREAUCRATS.

"WITH OUR NEW POLICY OF ’REACHING OUT’. THE VARIOUS BOARDS CONDUCT MANY OF THE REVIEW HEARINGS IN THE CAMPS THEREBY ENABLING SOME OF THOSE SEEKING REVIEWS TO EXPRESS THEMSELVES TO THE BOARD BY GIVING VERBAL EVIDENCE AND HAVING SUCH EVIDENCE TESTED."

MR BLACKWELL POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG AS A PORT OF FIRST ASYLUM IN SOUTH EAST ASIA WAS NOW BEARING THE BRUNT OF A MIGRATORY MOVEMENT AND AMONG THOSE VAST NUMBERS OF MIGRANTS WAS A SMALL PROPORTION OF REFUGEES.

"IT IS THE FINDING OF THOSE WHO ARE GENUINE REFUGEES WHICH IS THE TASK OF THE DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION AND THE REFUGEE STATUS REVIEW BOARD," HE SAID.

"WE CANNOT DEPRIVE THE ASYLUM SEEKERS OF THEIR RIGHTS TO HAVE THEIR CASES REVIEWED BUT THE BOARD IS DETERMINED TO CARRY OUT THE REVIEWS AS QUICKLY AND AS FAIRLY AS POSSIBLE SO THAT WHEN THE POLITICIANS HAVE REACHED AGREEMENT ON THE QUESTION OF REPATRIATION. THE STATUS OF THOSE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE WHO WILL THEN BE IN HONG KONG WILL HAVE BEEN CLEARLY AND FINALLY DETERMINED.?

THE REVIEW BOARD SYSTEM NOW CONSISTS OF FOUR BOARDS EACH HEADED BY A DEPUTY CHAIRMAN. THE TARGET OF THE BOARDS IS TO DEAL WITH 400 REVIEWS A WEEK.

SO FAR. THE BOARDS HAVE DEALT WITH ALTOGETHER 710 CASES. OF THESE. 669 CASES INVOLVING 1,583 BOAT PEOPLE WERE REJECTED. THE REMAINING 41 CASES INVOLVING 136 BOAT PEOPLE WON THEIR APPEAL.

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SIXTH MEETING OF PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY

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THE PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY (PHA) HELD ITS SIXTH MEETING TODAY (TUESDAY) TO REVIEW THE PROGRESS OF WORK OF ITS COMMITTEES SINCE THE LAST MEETING HELD ON JULY 11.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PHA. SIR S.Y. CHUNG. SAID GOOD PROGRESS CONTINUES TO BE MADE IN THE WORK OF PHA’S COMMITTEES.

"A NUMBER OF COMMITTEES ARE IN FACT REACHING THE FINAL STAGE IN CONSIDERING MATTERS RELATING TO THEIR TERMS OF REFERENCE. IN PARTICULAR THE AUTHORITY STRUCTURE COMMITTEE AND HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE HAVE ALMOST FINISHED THEIR DELIBERATIONS ON THE ORGANISATION OF THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY (HA) AND INDIVIDUAL HOSPITALS.

"THE LATTER IS NOW BEING VALIDATED BY AN INTERNATIONAL FIRM OF MANAGEMENT CONSULTANTS." HE SAID.

SINCE THE PHA WAS SET UP IN OCTOBER 1988. A TOTAL OF 120 COMMITTEE AND 37 WORKING GROUP MEETINGS HAVE BEEN HELD.

"THERE IS NO SIGN THAT THE DEGREE OF SERIOUSNESS AND SENSE OF URGENCY ON THE PART OF PHA MEMBERS ARE REDUCING," SIR S.Y. SAID.

"I AM CONFIDENT THAT THE PHA REPORT CAN BE FINALISED FOR SUBMISSION TO THE GOVERNMENT BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

"IF THE GOVERNMENT ACCEPTS OUR RECOMMENDATIONS. THE TARGET DATE OF ESTABLISHING THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY IN APRIL 1990 WILL BE ACHIEVABLE."

SIR S.Y. REVEALED THAT THE PHA FINACE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN CONSIDERING THE BASIC PRINCIPLES AND PHILOSOPHY OF THE RESOURCE ALLOCATION SYSTEM WITHIN THE HA.

IT HAS AGREED THAT THE FUTURE ALLOCATION OF RESOURCES TO INDIVIDUAL HOSPITALS SHOULD BE ON THE BASIS OF THEIR NEEDS AND THEIR ACHIEVEMENTS, AND THE ROLES THEY ARE EXPECTED TO PLAY IN THE SYSTEM.

REGARDING THE FINANCIAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE HA AND THE GOVERNMENT, THE FINANCE COMMITTEE'S VIEW IS THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD ALLOW THE HA THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE DEGREE OF AUTONOMY IN USING THE MONEY PROVIDED, AND INCENTIVES FOR THE HA TO SECURE MORE RESOURCES SHOULD BE PROVIDED.

THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD, HOWEVER, RETAIN CONTROL OF THE POLICY ON FEES AND CHARGES AND THERE SHOULD ALWAYS BE PROVISION FOR FEES TO BE WAIVED FOR THOSE PATIENTS WHO CANNOT AFFORD TO PAY.

"WITH A VIEW TO ENHANCING EFFICIENCY IN THE DELIVERY OF HOSPITAL SERVICES, THE HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE HAS EXAMINED VARIOUS MEANS OF IMPROVING THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT AND STAFF COMMUNICATIONS IN PUBLIC HOSPITALS." SIR S.Y. SAID.

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THESE WILL INCLUDE PROVIDING ADMINISTRATIVE AND SECRETARIAL SUPPORT TO PROFESSIONAL STAFF IN ORDER TO RELIEVE THEM OF MUNDANE TASKS. REDUCTION IN THE CLINICAL LOAD OF DOCTORS AND NURSES. AND SECURING ADDITIONAL OFFICE ACCOMMODATION AND STORAGE SPACE AT HOSPITALS.

AS REGARDS STAFF COMMUNICATIONS, FORMAL CONSULTATIVE MACHINERY, WITH ELECTED GRADE REPRESENTATIVES, IS RECOMMENDED TO BE SET UP IN EACH PUBLIC HOSPITAL TO PROMOTE BETTER UNDERSTANDING AND CO-OPERATION BETWEEN MANAGEMENT AND STAFF.

THE PHA PROPOSALS ON INTEGRATION OF SUBVERTED HOSPITALS HAVE GENERALLY BEEN WELL RECEIVED BY SUBVERTED HOSPITAL BOARDS. IT IS PROPOSED THAT THERE SHOULD BE A HOSPITAL GOVERNING COMMITTEE FOR EACH EX-SUBVENTED HOSPITAL. IR WHICH MEMBERS ROMINATED BY THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS WILL BE IN THE MAJORITY AS COMPARED TO THOSE NOMINATED BY THE HA.

EACH HOSPITAL GOVERNING COMMITTEE WILL HAVE DELEGATED AUTHORITY FROM THE HA TO EMPLOY STAFF (EXCEPT THOSE IN VERY SENIOR POSITIONS) AND WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERSEEING THE MANAGEMENT OF THE HOSPITAL.

THESE ARRANGEMENTS WILL FORM THE BASIS OF AGREEMENTS WITH INDIVIDUAL BOARDS WHICH WILL BE ENTERED INTO BY THE FUTURE AUTHORITY.

"THE LEGISLATION COMMITTEE IS ACTIVELY CONSIDERING THE DRAFT HOSPITAL AUTHORITY BILL. WHICH WILL SPELL OUT THE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF THE STRUCTURE OF THE HA, IN ADDITION TO PROVIDING FOR ITS STATUTORY INCORPORATION." SIR S.Y. SAID.

THE BILL IS EXPECTED TO BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR.

THE MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE OF A TEACHING HOSPITAL HAS BEEN CONSIDERED VERY THOROUGHLY BY THE COMMITTEE ON MANAGEMENT AND FINANCING OF TEACHING HOSPITALS.

IT WAS GENERALLY AGREED THAT THE HOSPITAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE OVERALL MANAGEMENT OF THE HOSPITAL, WITH THE DEAN OF THE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL FACULTY RESPONSIBLE FOR TEACHING.

THERE WILL ALSO BE A MEDICAL COMMITTEE AND A MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE TO ADVISE THE HOSPITAL CHIEF EXECUTIVE ON PROFESSIONAL MATTERS AND MANAGEMENT ISSUES RESPECTIVELY. THE COMMITTEE WILL PROCEED TO CONSIDER THE FINANCING OF TEACHING HOSPITALS SHORTLY.

SIR S.Y. ALSO TALKED ABOUT THE PROGRESS OF THE VARIOUS CONSULTANCIES COMMISSIONED BY THE PHA.

"THE CONSULTANCY ON NEW TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE IS PROGRESSING SATISFACTORILY.

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"THE CONSULTANTS ARE NOW FINALISING THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE NEW PACKAGE FOR HA STAFF. WHICH COMPRISES THREE MAIN ELEMENTS: BASIC SALARY: A CORE BENEFIT PROGRAMME COVERING RETIREMENT. DEATH AND DISABILITY. MEDICAL PROTECTION. HOUSING AND VACATION LEAVE: AND A FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT (FSA) WHICH IS DERIVED FROM FUNDS RELEASED FROM RESTRUCTURING THE EXISTING CIVIL SERVICE BENEFIT PROGRAMME."

ACCORDING TO CONSULTANTS. HA STAFF WILL HAVE THREE OPTIONS: EITHER TO TAKE THE FSA OUT IN CASH. TO LEAVE IT FOR INVESTMENT EARNINGS. OR TO USE IT TO INCREASE THE LEVEL OF BENEFITS PROVIDED UNDER THE RETIREMENT. DEATH AND DISABILITY PROGRAMME.

THE LATTER TWO OPTIONS WILL RECEIVE A FURTHER SUBSIDY FROM THE HA. Till; STAFFING COMMITTEE IS AWAITING FURTHER DETAILS FROM THE CONSULTANTS BEFORE MAKING A FINAL RECOMMENDATION ON THE MATTER.

•"THE WORK OF THE CONSULTANCY ON THE STRATEGY STUDY ON INFORMATION SYSTEMS IN PUBLIC HOSPITALS HAS JUST STARTED. THIS WILL COVER THE MANAGEMENT AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS REQUIRED BY THE FUTURE AUTHORITY AND INDIVIDUAL HOSPITALS. THIS ASSIGNMENT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY DECEMBER THIS YEAR."

SIR S.Y. ALSO REMARKED THAT THE PHA IS IN THE PROCESS OF ENGAGING CONSULTANTS TO DESIGN A SET OF PERSONNEL REGULATIONS AND STAFF PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL SYSTEM FOR THE FUTURE AUTHORITY AS THE PRESENT CIVIL SERVICE ARRANGEMENTS WOULD NOT BE APPLICABLE.

"THE NEED FOR A UNIFORM PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL SYSTEM IS ALL THE MORE NECESSARY SO THAT JUSTICE CAN BE SEEN TO BE DONE IN THE MIXED STAFF SITUATION UNDER THE HA. INCLUDING STAFF EMPLOYED BY THE HA. AS WELL AS CIVIL SERVANTS AND SUBVERTED HOSPITAL STAFF WHO RETAIN THEIR PRESENT STATUS." SIR S.Y. ADDED.

PROGRAMME OF VISITS TO ALL 35 GOVERNMENT AND SUBVERTED HOSPITALS. WHICH STARTED IN NOVEMBER 1988. WAS COMPLETED LAST WEEK.

“THE PURPOSE OF ENABLING PHA MEMBERS TO SEE AT FIRST-HAND THE DELIVERY OF HOSPITAL SERVICES IN PUBLIC HOSPITALS HAD BEEN SUCCESSFULLY ACHIEVED.

"THE OBSERVATIONS MADE AT THE VISITS UNDOUBTEDLY BENEFITTED PHA MEMBERS IN THEIR DISCUSSIONS ON VARIOUS ASPECTS OF THEIR WORK." SIR S.Y. SAID.

"ANOTHER OBJECTIVE OF THE VISITS IS TO ENABLE HOSPITAL STAFF TO MAKE KNOWN THEIR VIEWS AND SUGGESTIONS ON THE HOSPITAL REFORM.

"THEIR VIEWS AND SUGGESTIONS HAVE BEEN TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT BY THE PHA IN FORMULATING ITS PROPOSALS." HE ADDED.

WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE VISIT PROGRAMME TO PUBLIC HOSPITALS, THE P1IA IS NOW ORGANISING SEVERAL VISITS TO PRIVATE HOSPITALS SO THAT A GENERAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE OPERATION OF THESE HOSPITALS CAN BE OBTAINED.

AS THE TEMPO OF WORK OF THE PHA IS QUICKENING. THE NEXT PLENARY MEETING OF THE PHA WILL BE HELD IN MID-OCTOBER, AND THESE MEETINGS WILL FOLLOW A MONTHLY SCHEDULE THEREAFTER.

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GOVERNOR TO VISIT USA NEXT MONTH ♦ * t * t

THE GOVERNOR. SIR DAVID WILSON, WILL VISIT THE UNITED STATES FROM OCTOBER 14 TO 21 THIS YEAR, A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY).

DURING THE EIGHT-DAY TOUR OF BOTH EAST AND WEST COASTS, SIR DAVID WILL VISIT WASHINGTON. D.C. WHERE HE WILL MEET CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS AND CABINET MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES ADMINISTRATION.

AFTER WASHINGTON. SIR DAVID WILL GO ON TO VISIT LOS ANGELES AND SAN FRANCISCO.

WHILE IN THE UNITED STATES, HE WILL UNDERTAKE A NUMBER OF SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS AND WILL BRIEF BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY LEADERS ON THE POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC SITUATION IN HONG KONG AND THE TERRITORY’S FAR-REACHING LONG TERM DEVELOPMENT PLANS.

DETAILS OF HIS PROGRAMME ARE BEING FINALISED, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THIS WILL BE SIR DAVID’S SECOND VISIT TO THE UNITED STATES SINCE TAKING UP OFFICE. HE LAST TOURED THE UNITED STATES IN OCTOBER 1987.

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GOVERNOR CONGRATULATES HK CLIMBERS ON EVEREST ASSAULT

THE GOVERNOR. SIR DAVID WILSON, TODAY (TUESDAY) CONGRATULATED HONG KONG MEMBERS OF THE JOINT HONG KONG AND CHINA MOUNTAINEERING EXPEDITION ON THEIR SUCCESS IN CONQUERING MOUNT CHANGTSE. THE NORTH PEAK OF MOUNT EVEREST, IN JULY.

SIR DAVID, WHO IS THE PATRON OF THE HONG KONG TEAM, AND LADY WILSON HOSTED A RECEPTION FOR MEMBERS OF THE TEAM INCLUDING THREE WHO REACHED THE CHANGTSE SUMMIT. AND OTHER MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG MOUNTAINEERING UNION.

MR TSANG LOK. A TEAM LEADER, MR NG KA-WAI AND MR CHAM YICK-KAI WERE THE THREE HONG KONG TEAM MEMBERS WHO. TOGETHER WITH THREE CHINESE CLIMBERS HAD REACHED THE 7.543-METRE SUMMIT. THUS SETTING AN ALTITUDE RECORD FOR HONG KONG’S MOUNTAINEERS.

THE 19-MEMBER EXPEDITION COMPRISED NINE HONG KONG CLIMBERS AND 10 MEMBERS OF THE CHINESE MOUNTAINEERING ASSOCIATION.

THE EXPEDITION SET OUT TO CONQUER MOUNT CHANGTSE IN EARLY JULY AND THE SIX CLIMBERS TOPPED THE SUMMIT ON THE 24TH OF THE MONTH. THE HONG KONG TEAM IMMEDIATELY SENT A TELEGRAM TO THE GOVERNOR INFORMING HIM OF THEIR SUCCESS AND WELL-BEING.

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HYF FARE APPLICATION DISCUSSED

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THE TRANSPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TAC) TODAY (TUESDAY) MADE A RECOMMENDATION ON AN APPLICATION FROM THE HONGKONG AND YAUMATI FERR COMPANY (HYF) FOR A FARE INCREASE.

MEMBERS NOTED THAT SOME OF HYF’S FARES WERE LAST INCREASED ON JANUARY 1. 1988 WHILE OTHERS HAD REMAINED UNCHANGED SINCE JANUARY 1986.

IN VIEW OF THE INCREASES IN COSTS AND INFLATION SINCE THE LAST FARE REVISION, MEMBERS WERE TOLD THAT A GENERAL FARE INCREASE WAS NECESSARY TO ENABLE HYF TO MAINTAIN ITS CURRENT LEVEL OF SERVICE AND IMPLEMENT SERVICE IMPROVEMENT.

MEMBERS HAD ALSO TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION THE EXPECTED DOWNTURN IN HYF’S PATRONAGE FOLLOWING THE OPENING OF THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING.

TAC’S RECOMMENDATION WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE GOVERNOR IN COUNCIL FOR A FINAL DECISION.

THE TAC ENDORSED THE PROPOSED COMPULSORY DISPLAY OF DRIVERS' IDENTITY PLATES INSIDE TAXIS.

THE MEASURE IS MEANT TO FACILITATE PASSENGERS IN LODGING COMPLAINTS AGAINST TAXI MALPRACTICE. IT WILL ASSIST ENFORCEMENT ACTION AND ENCOURAGE TAXI DRIVERS TO PAY MORE ATTENTION TO SELF-DISCIPLINE.

THE IDENTITY CARD WILL BE DISPLAYED ON THE DASHBOARD TO THE LEFT OF THE TAXI-METER FLAG UNIT.

LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENTS FOR THE PROPOSALS WILL BE SUBMITTED TO THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS FOR CONSIDERATION.

MEANWHILE. THE FINDINGS OF THE SECOND STUDY OF CROSS HARBOUR PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES (CHAPTS-2) WERE PRESENTED TO TAC MEMBERS.

CHAPTS-2 WAS UNDERTAKEN TO ASSESS THE EFFECT OF RECENT CHANGES IN LAND USE AND TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF CROSS HARBOUR PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES. FROM THE PERIOD IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE OPENING OF THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING UP TO 1996.

THE FIRST. CHAPTS STUDY. COMPLETED IN 1986, ASSESSED THE DEMAND FOR CROSS HARBOUR PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES UP TO 1991.

CHAPTS-2 HAD IDENTIFIED THE NEED FOR FURTHER RATIONALISATION OF HYF’S SERVICES AND A LIMITED EXPANSION PROGRAMME FOR CROSS HARBOUR BUSES.

TAC MEMBERS WERE ALSO BRIEFED ON THE ROAD TRAFFIC ACCIDENT STATISTICS IN 1988.

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GREEN PAPER PROJECTS NECESSARY IRRESPECTIVE OF AIRPORT DECISION

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THE $29 BILLION TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAMME OUTLINED IN THE GREEN PAPER ON TRANSPORT POLICY HAS TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT THE TRANSPORT NEEDS OF PUBLIC HOUSING PROGRAMMES, THE TRANSPORT IMPLICATIONS OF THE METROPLAN AND THE GROWING CROSS-BORDER TRAFFIC. THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR MAK CHUN-FONG, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

IT WOULD, HOWEVER, BE ADJUSTED IN TIMING AND SCALE ONCE A DECISION IS MADE ON THE REPLACEMENT AIRPORT, HE SAID.

SPEAKING ON THE "TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT IN THE NEXT DECADE" AT A DINNER MEETING OF THE LIONS CLUB OF KOWLOON, MR MAK SAID THE PROPOSED ROAD AND RAIL PROJECTS WERE NEEDED IRRESPECTIVE OF WHETHER THE AIRPORT WOULD BE RELOCATED.

THE HIGHWAY CONSTRUCTION PROGRAMME WAS INTENDED TO IMPROVE THE NORTH-SOUTH AND EAST-WEST ROAD LINKS TO MEET THE NEEDS FOR LINKING THE NEW TOWNS AND THE URBAN CENTRES, AND PROVIDING ADDITIONAL HARBOUR CROSSINGS AND CROSS BORDER LINKS.

HE SAID WITH THE COMPLETION OF THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING, KWUN TONG BYPASS, TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL, ROUTE 5 AND THE WIDENING OF TAI PO ROAD, THE NORTH-SOUTH TRANSPORT LINKS IN THE EASTERN PART OF THE TERRITORY WOULD BE WELL-ESTABLISHED BY THE EARLY 1990’S.

THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE NEXT DECADE . WOULD FOCUS ON THE WESTERN SIDE.

ROUTE 3 WHICH, WHEN COMPLETED, WOULD PROVIDE AN EXPRESSWAY LINKING THE BORDER AND THE FAST DEVELOPING NORTHWESTERN NEW TERRITORIES TO THE EVER EXPANDING CONTAINER TERMINALS AS WELL AS PROVIDING ANOTHER MAJOR NORTH-SOUTH LINK TO THE WEST OF THE TERRITORY.

MR MAK SAID WITH THE CONTINUOUS GROWTH OF THE NEW TOWNS IN EASTERN NEW TERRITORIES, THE LION ROCK TUNNEL AND THE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL WERE EXPECTED TO REACH PLANNED CAPACITY IN THE LATE 1990’S.

IN ORDER TO AVOID THE RECCURRENCE OF TRAFFIC CONGESTION NOW EXPERIENCED AT THE LION ROCK TUNNEL, A NEW EXPRESSWAY, ROUTE 16, CONNECTING SHA TIN AND WEST KOWLOON WAS PROPOSED FOR DEVELOPMENT IN THE MID-1990’S TO MEET DEMAND.

IN THE COSMOPOLITAN AREA, HE SAID, THE EAST-WEST ROAD LINKS IN KOWLOON AND ON HONG KONG ISLAND WERE EXPECTED TO BE UNDER PRESSURE IN THE NEXT DECADE.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE WEST KOWLOON RECLAMATION AND THE REDEVELOPMENT OF THE EXISTING AIRPORT SITE, IF THE AIRPORT WAS RELOCATED ELSEWHERE, WOULD GENERATE A TREMENDOUS GROWTH IN EAST-WEST TRAFFIC IN THE KOWLOON PENINSULAR. IN THE LATE 1990’S.

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MR MAK SAID ALTHOUGH THE PROPOSED HUNG HOM BYPASS AND THE SECOND AIRPORT TUNNEL WOULD HELP TO RELIEVE THE PRESSURE BY PROVIDING A DIRECT ROUTE CONNECTING TSIM SHA TSUI AND KWUN TONG. THE GOVERNMENT HAD TO START PLANNING FOR THE LONGER TERM REQUIREMENTS.

HE SAID THE CROSS KOWLOON ROAD SCHEMES BEING EXAMINED INCLUDED:

» THE ROUTE -1 CORRIDOR ALONG LUNG CHEUNG ROAD AND CHING CHEUNG ROAD:

t THE NORTHERN CORRIDOR ALONG BOUNDARY STREET AND PRINCE EDWARD ROAD;

* THE CENTRAL CORRIDOR ALONG ARGYLE STREET AND WATERLOO ROAD; AND

t THE SOUTHERN CORRIDOR ALONG GASCOIGNE ROAD AND JORDAN ROAD.

ON HONG KONG SIDE. THE PROPOSED ROUTE 7 AND CENTRAL-WAN CHAI BYPASS WOULD PROVIDE A CONTINUOUS EXPRESSWAY ALONG THE NORTHERN AND WESTERN SHORES OF THE ISLAND.

MR MAK SAID IN VIEW OF THE SIGNIFICANT SHIFT OF POPULATION TO THE NEW TOWNS, FURTHER EXPANSION OF THE RAIL NETWORK WAS IMPORTANT IN RELIEVING SUBSTANTIAL ROAD CAPACITY' FOR OTHER MODES.

TWO RAILWAY EXTENSIONS WERE PROPOSED TO SERVE THE FAST DEVELOPING NEW TOWNS IN TSEUNG KWAN 0 AND THE NORTHWEST NEW TERRITORIES.

A WORKING GROUP HAD BEEN SET UP BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT AND THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY CORPORATION TO EXAMINE THE TSEUNG KWAN O MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY EXTENSION.

THE PROGRAMME FOR THIS MTR EXTENSION AND ITS FINANCIAL VIABILITY WOULD BE FURTHER ASSESSED WHEN THE REPORT OF THE FEASIBILITY STUDY' ON PHASE 3 DEVELOPMENT OF THE TSEUNG KWAN O NEW TOWN WAS COMPLETED BY THE END OF THIS YEAR.

THE DEVELOPING PROGRAMME FOR THE NORTHWEST NEW TERRITORIES RAIL LINK WOULD BE EXAMINED IN THE CONTEXT OF ITS IMPACT ON THE MTR TSUEN WAN LINE AND THE NATHAN ROAD CORRIDOR CONGESTION PROBLEM, TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE DEVELOPMENT OF TUEN MUN, YUEN LONG AND TIN SHUI WAI NEW TOWNS.

MR MAK SAID THIS LINE WOULD FEED A LARGE NUMBER OF PASSENGERS INTO THE TSUEN WAN LINE AND A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF TRIPS MIGHT BE DESTINED FOR SOUTH KOWLOON AND HONG KONG ISLAND.

THEREFORE. THE TIMING OF ITS PROVISION SHOULD BE CO-ORDINATED WITH THAT FOR THE THIRD RAIL HARBOUR CROSSING TO AVOID AGGRAVATING THE CONGESTION PROBLEM ALONG THE MTR NATHAN ROAD CORRIDOR.

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ON THE PROPOSED THIRD CROSS HARBOUR RAIL LINK, MR MAK SAID IT WAS TO MEET THE ANTICIPATED GROWTH TN CROSS HARBOUR TRIPS AND TO RELIEVE THE CONGESTION PROBLEM AT THE MTR NATHAN ROAD CORRIDOR AND THE KOWLOON TONG MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY/KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY INTERCHANGE.

MR MAK SAID WHEN DETERMINING THE ALIGNMENT OF THIS CROSSING, FACTORS WHICH HAD TO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT INCLUDED THE PROGRAMME AND LAND USE OF FUTURE HARBOUR RECLAMATIONS. THE CONNECTION TO EXISTING RAILWAY LINES. AND THE POSSIBILITY OF FURTHER EXTENSION TO CONNECT WITH PROPOSED FUTURE RAILWAY LINES BEYOND THE NEXT DECADE. FOR EXAMPLE THE EAST KOWLOON LINE EXTENDING FROM SHA TIN TO ABERDEEN.

MR MAK ADDED THAT A DEDICATED RAIL LINK TO SERVE THE FUTURE AIRPORT WAS ALSO BEING EXAMINED BY THE PORT AND AIRPORT DEVELOPMENT STUDY.

HOLIDAY CLINIC SERVICES * I » * t

EIGHT GOVERNMENT OUT-PATIENT CLINICS WILL REMAIN OPEN ON SEPTEMBER 15 (FRIDAY), THE DAY FOLLOWING THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL AND A PUBLIC HOLIDAY.

THE EIGHT CLINICS WILL BE OPEN FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM.

THEY 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 THE 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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DRAFT WASTE DISPOSAL PLAN ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA t t * * *

THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE DRAFT WASTE DISPOSAL PLAN FOR HONG KONG AT ITS MEETING ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 14).

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO SUGGEST THE URBAN COUNCIL NOT TO RENEW THE LICENCE OF A PIG ROASTING SHOP IN SHEUNG WAN WHICH HAS BEEN CAUSING ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS.

/A MEMBER

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1989

A MEMBER WILL ASK WHEN IMPROVEMENT MEASURES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED TO REDUCE THE ENVIRONMENTAL POLLUTION CAUSED BY THE BY-PRODUCT PLANT OF THE KENNEDY TOWN ABATTOIR.

MEANWHILE, THE 1989-90 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CLEARANCE PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT WILL BE TABLED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 14) IN ROOM 1416, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA

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THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION IN THE DISTRICT AT ITS MEETING ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 14).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS A SURVEY ON YOUTH BEHAVIOUR AND REPORTS ON PROJECTS FOR YOUNG AND ELDERLY RESIDENTS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD'S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 14) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 152 KWONG FUK ROAD, TAI PO.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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MID-AUTUMN CELEBRATION IN TSUEN

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TSUEN WAN RESIDENTS WILL BE TREATED TO CARNIVAL ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 15).

WAN

A MID-AUTUMN LANTERN

A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD AT THE SHA 1SUI ROAD PLAYGROUND FROM 7 PM UNTIL 10.30 PM. THESE INCLUDE CANTONESE OPERA, CHINESE FOLK DANCES AND ACROBATIC PERFORMANCES.

MOREOVER, A NUMBER OF STALLS WILL BE SET UP TO PROVIDE GAMES SUCH AS LANTERN RIDDLES AND TRADITIONAL CHINESE FORTUNE-TELLING.

THE CARNIVAL IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE DISTRICT BOARD. ADMISSION IS FREE.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY AT 8 PM WILL BE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WILLIAM SHIU; DISTRICT BOARD ( IIAJRMA, , - ..........................- REGIONAL COUNCIL

TSUEN WAN

MR CHAU

how-chen; and chairman oe the

COMMITTEE, MR CHAN LAU-FONG.

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT

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LANTERN FESTIVAL CELEBRATION IN WAN CHAI

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A VARIETY SHOW WILL BE HELD IN THE SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) TO CELEBRATE THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL IN THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT.

THE EVENT IS ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT ARTS, CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE URBAN COUNCIL.

THERE WILL BE PERFORMANCES BY POP SINGERS, CANTONESE OPERATIC SINGING. AND A LUCKY DRAW.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER, MR PETER MANN; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MRS PEGGY LAM; CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT'S ARTS, CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION, MR HSU CHUNG-CHI; AND URBAN COUNCILLOR, MR ARTHUR CHAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT LANTERN FESTIVAL VARIETY SHOW WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 7.30 PM TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND, WAN CHAI.

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MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL NT TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ♦ * ♦ ♦ *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT SPECIAL TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE NEW TERRITORIES FOR THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 14).

THESE ARRANGEMENTS ARE :

GOLDEN HILL ROAD LEADING TO KOWLOON RESERVOIR WILL BE CLOSED FROM 6 PM ON THURSDAY TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

CLEAR WATER BAY ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH THE SLIP ROAD LEADING TO LOBSTER BAY AND ITS JUNCTION WITH TAI WAN TAU WILL BE CLOSED FROM 8 PM ON THURSDAY TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

AT THE SAME TIME. THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY SERVICE WILL BE EXTENDED TO OPERATE ALL NIGHT UP TO 6 AM THE NEXT MORNING WITH A HEADWAY OF 10 TO 15 MINUTES.

TWO ADDITIONAL TRAINS WILL OPERATE BETWEEN KOWLOON STATION AND SHEUNG SHU1 STATION AT 12.30 AM AND 12.45 AM RESPECTIVELY ON FRIDAY.

THERE WILL ALSO BE ADDITIONAL KOWLOON MOTOR BUS SERVICES ! 80M

(FROM SUI WO COURT TO KOWLOON TONG MTR STATION). 81M (FROM SAN TIN WAI TO KOWLOON TONG MTR STATION), 85K (FROM SHA TIN KCR STATION TO HENG ON), 89R (FROM SHA TIN CENTRAL TO SAI KUNG) AND 93R (FROM CHOI HUNG TO PAK TAM CHUNG) WILL EXTEND THEIR OPERATING HOURS AFTER MIDNIGHT.

SUPPLEMENTARY TRIPS MAY OPERATE TO MEET PASSENGER DEMANDS.

IN ADDITON, THE OPERATING HOURS OF THE NEW TERRITORIES GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE NO. 60K (SHA TIN KCR STATION TO FO TAN COTTAGE AREA) WILL ALSO BE EXTENDED FOR ABOUT AN HOUR FROM MIDNIGHT TO 1 AM NEXT MORNING.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WAN CHAI, SHAU KEI WAN

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 14), THE RESCISSION OF THE TRAM LANE ON HENNESSY ROAD EASTBOUND BETWEEN HOUSE NO. 447 AND PERCIVAL STREET IN WAN CHAI WILL REMAIN IN FORCE FOR ANOTHER WEEK TO FACILITATE WATERMAIN LAYING WORKS.

AT THE SAME TIME. THE UNNAMED ROAD NORTH OF A KUNG NGAM VILLAGE ROAD IN SHAU KEI WAN WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS FOR ROADWORKS.

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AFFECTED VEHICLES INCLUDING EASTBOUND CMB BUS ROUTE 85 WILL BE DIVERTED VIA A KUNG NGAM VILLAGE ROAD.

IN ADDITION, THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF A KUNG NGAM VILLAGI ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY :

* A KUNG NGAM VILLAGE ROAD BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 65 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH A KUNG NGAM ROAD AND A POINT ABOU' 90 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION; AND

» THE A KUNG NGAM VILLAGE ROAD CUL-DE-SAC BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH A KUNG NGAM VILLAGE ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 10 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

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

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NIGHT CLOSURE OF VEHICULAR UNDERPASS IN TO KWA WAN

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE WINSLOW STREET VEHICULAR UNDERPASS IN TO KWA WAN WILL BE CLOSED BETWEEN 1 AM AND 5 AM ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 14) 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

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1J, 1989

CONTBITS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR VISITS STOCK EXCHANGE.................................... 1

FOREIGN EXCHANGE MARKET SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED .................. 2

U.S. CAN HELP BY TREATING HK AS KEY BUSINESS PARTNER.......... k

NOMINATIONS CALLED FOR TSING YI SOUTH BY-ELECTION ................ 6

MOONRISE, TRANSIT AND MOONSET TIME DURING FESTIVAL PERIOD ... 6

LANTERN CARNIVALS TO CELEBRATE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL ............... 7

WAN CHAI CELEBRATES MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL .......................... 8

MORE MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES FOR TSUEN WAN ......................... 8

PEDESTRIAN PROBLEM SPOTS ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA .................. 9

DB WORKING GROUP TO DISCUSS DESIGNATION OF FISH CULTURE ZONE 10

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PROCESSING OF NT TAXI TENDERS COMPLETED.......................... 10

URBAN CLEARWAYS IN TUEN MTN.......................* - .... 11

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RIGHT-TURN BAN ON TSING LUN ROAD ................................ 11

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 1989

1 GOVERNOR VISITS STOCK EXCHANGE ******

THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, TODAY (WEDNESDAY) VISITED THE STOCK EXCHANGE OF HONG KONG TO OBSERVE FIRST-HAND OPERATIONS OF THE STOCK MARKET.

SIR DAVID, WHO WAS MET BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE EXCHANGE COUNCIL. SIR Q.W. LEE. HAD A SHORT DISCUSSION WITH MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL AND WAS BRIEFED ON THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS OF THE EXCHANGE.

"THE EXCHANGE SHOULD BE CONGRATULATED ON ITS SUCCESSFUL CONSTITUTIONAL REFORMS AND STRENGTHENING OF THE MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE WITH THE OBJECTIVE OF FULLY ESTABLISHING ITSELF AS AN EFFECTIVE SELF-REGULATORY ORGANISATION," SIR DAVID SAID.

"I AM IMPRESSED BY THE SUBSTANTIAL CONTRIBUTIONS BEING MADE BY THE EXCHANGE TOWARDS OUR DEVELOPMENT INTO THE PRE-EMINENT REGIONAL CAPITAL MARKET IN SOUTH EAST ASIA," THE GOVERNOR ADDED, NOTING THAT THIS WAS THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE SET OUT FOR HONG KONG BY THE SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE IN ITS REPORT.

UNDER THE NEW CONSTITUTION, INTRODUCED LAST OCTOBER IN ACCORANCE WITH THE SPIRIT OF THE SECURITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS, THE EXCHANGE IS GOVERNED BY A BROADLY-BASED COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE OF BOTH INDIVIDUAL AND CORPORATE EXCHANGE MEMBERS AS WELL AS PUBLIC INTERESTS.

THE GOVERNOR SPOKE WITH PROFESSIONAL STAFF OF THE EXCHANGE, WHO HAD DEMONSTRATED THEIR RISK MANAGEMENT AND SURVEILLANCE ABILITIES IN RECENT MARKET EVENTS.

SIR DAVID WAS TOLD THAT THE EXCHANGE HAD BEEN FORMULATING A SERIES OF SELF-REGULATORY AND OPERATIONAL REFORMS IN AREAS LIKE LISTING AND CENTRAL CLEARING TO BRING ITSELF UP TO THE STANDARDS REQUIRED OF MAJOR INTERNATIONAL STOCK EXCHANGES.

"I AM ENCOURAGED BY THE VOLUNTARY EFFORTS BEING MADE BY THE EXCHANGE IN IMPLEMENTING THESE REFORMS. THEY WILL HELP MAINTAIN AN EFFICIENT, FAIR AND ORDERLY SECURITIES MARKET IN HONG KONG SO THAT WE CAN CONTINUE TO ATTRACT THE INTERNATIONAL INVESTING COMMUNITY," HE SAID.

THE GOVERNOR TOURED THE TRADING FLOOR TO SEE HOW THE STOCK MARKET OPERATED AND ALSO VISITED A NUMBER OF TRADING BOOTHS.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER HIS VISIT, THE GOVERNOR SAID THE STOCK EXCHANGE WAS AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS OF HONG KONG WHICH HELP FIND CAPITAL FOR THE TERRITORY LOCALLY AND WORK TO MAINTAIN HONG KONG AS AN INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE.

SIR DAVID SAID THE TOUR OF THE EXCHANGE WAS PART OF HIS REGULAR VISITS TO SEE DIFFERENT IMPORTANT ORGANISATIONS AND INSTITUTIONS.

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ASKED IF THE VISIT COULD BE INTERPRETED AS A GESTURE TO BOOST INVESTORS* CONFIDENCE AND HONG KONG PEOPLE’S CONFIDENCE ESPECIALLY AFTER THE EVENTS IN CHINA, THE GOVERNOR SAID : "I WOULD LIKE TO ENCOURAGE A RETURN OF CONFIDENCE TO HONG KONG, OF COURSE I’D LIKE TO DO THAT, BUT I HAVE TO TELL YOU THAT THIS VISIT WAS PLANNED SOME TIME AGO.

"IF IT HAS AN EFFECT OF HELPING PEOPLE’S CONFIDENCE I SHOULD BE DELIGHTED. BUT IT ALSO HAS THE EFFECT OF HELPING TO SHOW ME HOW SOME OF THE KEY INSTITUTIONS IN HONG KONG WORK,” HE ADDED.

SIR DAVID SAID THE STOCK EXCHANGE HAD DONE AN EXTREMELY GOOD JOB IN REFORMING THE MANAGEMENT OF THE EXCHANGE, WHICH WAS REFLECTED IN THE SUCCESSFUL WAY IT HANDLED THE PROBLEMS THAT RESULTED FROM EVENTS IN MAY AND JUNE.

THE GOVERNOR CONGRATULATED SIR Q.W. LEE AND THE COUNCIL OF THE STOCK EXCHANGE FOR ALL THAT THEY HAD DONE. EMPHASISING HOW IMPORTANT IT WAS. NOT JUST FOR HONG KONG AND THE FINANCES OF THE TERRITORY, BUT FOR HONG KONG’S INTERNATIONAL REPUTATION, THAT THEY HAD DONE THEIR WORK SO WELL.

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FOREIGN EXCHANGE MARKET SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED ♦ * » » »

THE FIRST COMPREHENSIVE SURVEY OF TURNOVER IN THE HONG KONG FOREIGN EXCHANGE MARKET SHOWED THAT THE SIZE OF THIS MARKET, MEASURED IN TERMS OF ADJUSTED GROSS TURNOVER, WAS EQUIVALENT TO US$49 BILLION PER BUSINESS DAY IN APRIL 1989.

THE ADJUSTMENT WAS MADE TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE DOUBLE REPORTING OF TRANSACTIONS AMONG AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS IN HONG KONG (WHERE EACH TRANSACTION WOULD HAVE BEEN REPORTED BY BOTH THE AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS INVOLVED) AND BETWEEN AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS AND BROKERS (WHERE TRIPLE REPORTING WOULD HAVE OCCURRED).

BEFORE THE ADJUSTMENT, THE TOTAL GROSS TURNOVER WAS US$77 BILLION PER DAY.

RELEASING THE FINDINGS TODAY (WEDNESDAY), A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MONETARY AFFAIRS BRANCH SAID THE SURVEY WAS CONDUCTED IN APRIL THIS YEAR WHEN ALL THE MAJOR MARKET PARTICIPANTS IN HONG KONG, INCLUDING THE 407 BANKS AND DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES AND THE 11 MEMBERS OF THE HONG KONG FOREIGN EXCHANGE AND DEPOSIT BROKERS’ ASSOCIATION, WERE ASKED TO COMPLETE A QUESTIONAIRE COVERING THEIR FOREIGN EXCHANGE ACTIVITIES DURING THE WHOLE OF APRIL 1989.

’’THE SURVEY COINCIDED WITH SIMILAR SURVEYS IN MAJOR INDUSTRIALISED COUNTRIES, INCLUDING AUSTRALIA, BELGIUM, CANADA, DENMARK, FINLAND, FRANCE, GREECE, IRELAND, ITALY, JAPAN, NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, PORTUGAL, SPAIN, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, UK AND THE USA,” HE SAID.

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HE POINTED OUT THAT MANY OF THE PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES WOULD BE RELEASING THE RESULTS OF THEIR OWN SURVEYS TODAY.

’’SINCE THIS IS THE FIRST SUCH SURVEY UNDERTAKEN IN HONG KONG. NO COMPARISON CAN BE MADE WITH PAST PERFORMANCE,” HE SAID.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT OF THE 407 AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS IN OPERATION, 287 HAD FOREIGN EXCHANGE TRADING DURING THE MONTH OF APRIL 1989.

"THEIR GROSS FOREIGN EXCHANGE TURNOVER AVERAGED THE EQUIVALENT OF US$60 BILLION PER DAY,” HE SAID.

"THE MAJOR SHARE OF AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS* TRADING DURING THE SURVEY PERIOD WAS IN US DOLLAR/YEN (26 PER CENT OF AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS’ GROSS TOTAL TURNOVER) AND US DOLLAR/DEUTSCHEMARK BUSINESS (21 PER CENT).

"SUBSTANTIAL VOLUMES OF BUSINESS ALSO TOOK PLACE BETWEEN THE U.S. DOLLAR AND OTHER CURRENCIES, PARTICULARLY THE HONG KONG DOLLAR (14 PER CENT), STERLING (13 PER CENT) AND THE SWISS FRANC (11 PER CENT),” HE SAID.

ANALYSED BY TYPE OF TRANSACTION, THE BULK (62 PER CENT) OF THE FOREIGN EXCHANGE BUSINESS CONTRACTED BY AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS WAS FOR SPOT VALUE, THAT IS FOR SETTLEMENT WITHIN TWO BUSINESS DAYS AFTER DEALING, HE POINTED OUT.

"TRADING IN FORWARD CONTRACTS ACCOUNTED FOR 38 PER CENT, OF WHICH THE BULK WAS IN SHORT-TERM CONTRACTS WITH AN ORIGINAL MATURITY OF UP TO AND INCLUDING ONE MONTH. TURNOVER IN FOREIGN CURRENCY FUTURES AND OPTIONS CONTRACTS WAS RELATIVELY INSIGNIFICANT,” THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

ANALYSED BY COUNTERPARTY, THE GREAT MAJORITY (89 PER CENT) OF TRANSACTIONS REPORTED BY AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS WERE INTERBANK, HE NOTED.

"WHILE EIGHT PER CENT OF THE DEALINGS WERE DONE DIRECTLY BETWEEN AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS IN HONG KONG AND 46 PER CENT WERE DIRECTLY WITH BANKS ABROAD, INDIRECT DEALS THROUGH BROKERS ACCOUNTED FOR 35 PER CENT.

"DEALS WITH THE NON-BANK SECTOR, ON THE OTHER HAND, ACCOUNTED FOR ONLY 11 PER CENT OF AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS’ TOTAL REPORTED TURNOVER," HE SAID.

IN APRIL 1989, GROSS FOREIGN EXCHANGE TURNOVER BY BROKERS AVERAGED THE EQUIVALENT OF US$17 BILLION PER BUSINESS DAY.

"THEIR TRADING PATTERNS WERE LARGELY SIMILAR TO THOSE OBSERVED FOR AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS.

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"THE CURRENCIES THAT WERE BEING ACTIVELY TRADED BY BROKERS. AGAINST THE U.S. DOLLAR AS THE REFERENCE CURRENCY, WERE AGAIN THE DEUTSCHEMARK (29 PER CENT), THE YEN (28 PER CENT), STERLING (13 PER CENT). THE HONG KONG DOLLAR (12 PER CENT) AND THE SWISS FRANC (10 PER CENT)," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE GREAT MAJORITY OF THEIR BUSINESS WAS IN SPOT CONTRACTS I 68 PER CENT) OR IN FORWARD CONTRACTS OF NO MORE THAN ONE MONTH’S MATURITY (21 PER CENT).

"VIRTUALLY ALL OF THE DEALS ARRANGED THROUGH BROKERS WERE INTERBANK, WITH TRANSACTIONS BETWEEN AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS IN HONG KONG REPRESENTING 41 PER CENT OF THEIR GROSS TURNOVER AND THOSE BETWEEN AUTHORISED INSTITUTIONS IN HONG KONG AND BANKS OVERSEAS ACCOUNTING FOR 58 PER CENT," HE SAID.

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U.S. CAN HELP BY TREATING HK AS KEY BUSINESS PARTNER * * * * *

THE DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG ECONOMIC AND TRADE OFFICE IN NEW YORK. MR KERRY MCGLYNN, TOLD AN AMERICAN AUDIENCE YESTERDAY (TUESDAY U.S. TIME) THE BEST THING THAT THE U.S. COULD DO TO HELP HONG KONG OVERCOME WORRIES ABOUT ITS FUTURE WAS TO CONTINUE TREATING THE TERRITORY AS A KEY BUSINESS PARTNER IN ASIA.

MR MCGLYNN’S APPEAL CAME IN AN ADDRESS TO A GROUP OF CHIEF EXECUTIVES AND OTHER BUSINESS AND POLITICAL LEADERS AT A MEETING OF THE WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL IN THE CITY OF PORTLAND, MAINE.

MR MCGLYNN SAID THERE WAS NO DOUBT THAT THE RECENT EVENTS IN CHINA HAD DEALT A BLOW TO HONG KONG PEOPLE’S CONFIDENCE IN THEIR FUTURE.

HE SAID HONG KONG WAS STILL FEELING THE EFFECTS OF THAT BLOW AND WOULD CONTINUE TO DO SO FOR SOME TIME TO COME. BUT IT SHOULD NOT LEAD ANYONE TO THE CONCLUSION THAT HONG KONG WAS A FALLING STAR OR THAT ITS DAYS WERE NUMBERED.

HE TOLD HIS AUDIENCE THAT HONG KONG WAS AND HAD ALWAYS BEEN A LUCRATIVE MARKET FOR. AMERICANS SINCE THE DAYS WHEN THE YANKEE CLIPPERS PLIED THEIR TRADE OUT OF NEW ENGLAND WATERS.

"THE BUSINESS IS STILL THERE,” HE SAID, POINTING OUT THAT IN 1988 HONG KONG PEOPLE BOUGHT ABOUT US$1,000 WORTH OF AMERICAN PRODUCTS PER. CAPITA.

IN THAT YEAR, HE CONTINUED, U.S. EXPORTS TO HONG KONG WERE WORTH $5.3 BILLION. UP 28 PER CENT FROM 1987, AND THIS YEAR THE U.S. COMMERCE DEPARTMENT EXPECTED HONG KONG TO IMPORT BETWEEN $6.5 BILLION AND $7 BILLION WORTH OF AMERICAN GOODS AND PRODUCTS.

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MR MCGLYNN SAID THE AMERICAN APPETITE FOR OPPORTUNITIES IN HONG KONG HAD HARDLY DIMINISHED SINCE TRE JUNE 4 EVENTS IN CHINA.

HE NOTED THAT SINCE THAT DATE U.S. WEST HAD BECOME A MAJOR SHAREHOLDER WITH A 25 PER CENT EQUITY IN AN INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM THAT WAS INVESTING AN ESTIMATED $1 BILLION IN A CABLE TELEVISION NETWORK IN HONG KONG.

FURTHERMORE. WALT DISNEY HAD SET UP ITS ASIAN HEADQUARTERS IN HONG KONG, MCDONNELL DOUGLAS HAD MOVED ITS REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS DOWN TO HONG KONG FROM SHANGHAI AND HAYES MICROCOMPUTER PRODUCTS HAD MOVED ITS HEADQUARTERS UP TO HONG KONG FROM SINGAPORE.

IN ADDITION, THE GIANT U.S. CORPORATION 3M HAD DECIDED TO INVEST OVER $4 MILLION IN A NEW MANUFACTURING .SITE IN HONG KONG AND NEXT MONTH. SKADDEN ARPS. THE BIGGEST LAW FIRM IN THE U.S.. WOULD OPEN AN OFFICE IN HONG KONG.

MR MCGLYNN NOTED THAT THE EXPLOSION OF TRADE INVESTMENT BETWEEN CHINA AND HONG KONG OVER THE LAST DECADE HAD TENDED TO OBSCURE THE FACT THAT HONG KONG'S ECONOMIC AND TRADING RELATIONSHIPS HAD BEEN DIVERSIFYING IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS.

"TEN YEARS AGO, ASIA ACCOUNTED FOR ONLY 15 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL TRADE. IT NOW ACCOUNTS FOR 58 PER CENT." HE POINTED OUT.

HE NOTED IN PARTICULAR A MASSIVE TRADE INCREASE WITH THE ASEAN NATIONS AS WELL AS WITH JAPAN AND KOREA.

MR MCGYLNN SAID DESPITE THE RECENT EVENTS IN CHINA. HONG KONG CONTINUED TO THRIVE AND PROSPER.

"IT ALSO HAS VERY NATURAL WORRIES AND CONCERNS YBOUT ITS FUTURE. WORRIES AND CONCERNS THAT NEED TO BE ADDRESSED NOT JUST BY THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG, BUT BY BRITAIN AND CHINA AS THE CO-SIGNATORIES OF THE JOINT DECLARATION.

"THE REST OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY - AND ESPECIALLY THE UNITED STATES - ALSO HAS A VITAL ROLE TO PLAY IN RECOGNISING AND SUPPORTING HONG KONG AS A LEADING MEMBER OF THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC CLUB WHICH SERVES THE REST OF THE WORLD NOT ONLY AS A GATEWAY TO CHINA. BUT AS ITS LINK TO THE WHOLE OF THE ASIA PACIFIC REGION." HE ADDED.

MR MCGLYNN IS IN PORTLAND AS PART OF A SPEAKING TOUR OF THE NORTHEASTERN STATES OF MAINE. NEW HAVEN AND MASSACHUSETTS.

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NOMINATIONS CALLED FOR TSING ¥1 SOUTH BY-ELECTION r * * ♦ ♦

NOMINATIONS WILL BE CALLED TOMORROW (THURSDAY) FOR A BY-ELECTION TO FILL A VACANCY IN THE TSING YI SOUTH CONSTITUENCY OF THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD.

THE VACANCY HAS BEEN CAUSED BY THE RESIGNATION OF MR LI CHI-FAI. AND THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL HOLD THE SEAT FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE CURRENT TERM. WHICH ENDS ON MARCH 31. 1991.

A NOTICE ON THE BY-ELECTION WILL BE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TOMORROW.

NOMINATIONS WILL CLOSE ON SEPTEMBER 28. UNLESS THE VACANCY IS UNCONTESTED. A BY-ELECTION WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 19.

NOMINATION FORMS ARE OBTAINABLE AT THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICE. 10TH FLOOR. KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 166-174 HING FONG ROAD. KWAI CHUNG. AND AT THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION. 10TH FLOOR. HARBOUR CENTRE. WAN ('HAI.

PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATES MUST BE REGISTERED ELECTORS ON THE GENERAL ELECTORAL ROLL AND HAVE BEEN RESIDENT IN HONG KONG FOR THE 10 YEARS IMMEDIATELY PRECEEDING NOMINATION.

A CANDIDATE CAN BE A RESIDENT ANYWHERE IN HONG KONG. BUT HIS NOMINATION MAY ONLY BE MADE BY REGISTERED ELECTORS IN THE TSING YI SOUTH CONSTITUENCY. EACH NOMINATION REQUIRES 10 SUBSCRIBERS AND EACH SUBSCRIBER MAY GIVE SUPPORT TO ONE CANDIDATE ONLY.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE WITH THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT OFFICE (0-1212855) OR THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION (5-8934796).

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MOONRISE. TRANSIT AND MOONSET TIME DURING FESTIVAL PERIOD * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ADVISED THE PUBLIC ON THE TIMES OF MOONRISE. TRANSIT AND MOONSET DURING THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL PERIOD.

TODAY. MOONRISE WILL BE AT 4.55 PM. TRANSIT (MERIDIAN PASSAGE -DIRECTION DUE SOUTH. ELEVATION 54 DEGREES) AT 10.42 PM. AND MOONSET AT 1.34 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

TOMORROW, THE DAY OF THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL. MOONRISE WILL BE AT 5.35 PM, TRANSIT (MERIDIAN PASSAGE - DIRECTION DUE SOUTH, ELEVATION 61 DEGREES) AT 11.33 PM, AND MOONSET AT 5.37 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 15). MOONRISE WILL BE AT 6.14 PM. TRANSIT (MERIDIAN PASSAGE - DIRECTION DUE SOUTH. ELEVATION 68 DEGREES) AT 00.24 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY, AND MOONSET AT 6.40 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY.

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LANTERN CARNIVALS TO CELEBRATE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL l i t * t t

LANTERN CARNIVALS TO CELEBRATE THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD IN THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN AND THE KWUN TONG DISTRICTS ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 15).

THEY ARE ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICES AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICTS WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE URBAN COUNCIL.

THERE WILL BE TRADITIONAL ITEMS SUCH AS CANTONESE OPERA, LANTERN RIDDLES, CHINESE HANDICRAFT DEMONSTRATIONS. AS WELL AS MAGIC SHOWS, GAME STALLS AND SINGING PERFORMANCES.

IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN. CARNIVALS WILL BE HELD FROM 7.30 PM TO 10 PM AT THE KING GEORGE V MEMORIAL PARK IN SAI YING PUN AND THE FORBES STREET PLAYGROUND IN KENNEDY TOWN.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING OF THE KENNEDY TOWN CARNIVAL AT 7.30 PM WILL BE THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN FISHER, URBAN COUNCILLOR MR CHAN TAK-CHOR. DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER MISS ESTHER CHAN AND AREA COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, MR CHOW YIN-SUM.

MR FISHER. TOGETHER WITH DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS MR LIU LIT-FOR, MR LEUNG YING-YEUNG, AND MRS IRENE LEE, WILL LATER OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING OF THE SAI YING PUN CARNIVAL AT 8.30 PM.

IN KWUN TONG. THE CARNIVAL WILL START AT 7.30 PM AT THE HONG NING ROAD PLAYGROUND.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING WILL BE THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR CHRIS WAN; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN. MR LAM HANG-FAI! URBAN COUNCILLOR MR PANG KAM-FAI: AND PRESIDENT OF THE DISTRICT’S CULTURE AND RECREATION PROMOTION ASSOCIATION. MR NG PING-TAK.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CARNIVALS.

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WAN CHAI CELEBRATES MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL * t * t t

COLOURFUL. LANTERNS LIT UP SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND TONIGHT (WEDNESDAY) AS WAN CHAI RESIDENTS CELEBRATED THE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL WITH A LANTERN CARNIVAL.

PAPER LANTERNS WERE DISTRIBUTED FREE OF CHARGE ATTENDING THE CARNIVAL WHICH WAS ORGANISED JOINTLY BY THE ARTS. CULTURAL. RECREATIONAL \ND SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND COUNCIL.

TO PEOPLE DISTRICT’S THE URBAN

THE PROGRAMME INCLUDED BA' POP SINGERS AND TELEVISION

CANTONESE ARTISTES,

OPERATIC’ SONGS.

AND A LUCKY DRAW.

PERFORMANCES

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY. WAN CHAI DISTRICT OFFICER. MR PETER MANN. PRAISED THE ARTS. CULTURAL. RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION FOR ORGANISING VARIOUS ACTIVITIES IN THE DISTRICT WHICH HAD PROVED TO BE VERY POPULAR WITH RESIDENTS.

HE BELIEVED THE ASSOCIATION WOULD BE ABLE TO CONTRIBUTE MORE IN COMMUNITY BUILDING ACTIVITIES IN WAN (’HAI WITH THE COMPLETION OF ITS CLUB HOUSE LATER THIS YEAR.

ALSO ATTENDING THE FUNCTION TONIGHT WERE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN. MRS PEGGY LAM: CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S ARTS, CULTURAL. RECREATIONAL AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION. MR HSU CHUNG-CHI, AND URBAN COUNCILLOR MR ARTHUR CHAM.

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AS MORE PEOPLE ARF MOVING INTO NEW HOUSING ESTATES IN TSUEN WAN. THE DISTRICT OFFICE WILL STEP UP ITS EFFORTS IN ASSISTING RESIDENTS TO FORM MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES (MAC’S). THE DISTRICT OFFICER. MR WILLIAM SHIU, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

DURING A VISIT TO THE CLAGUE GARDEN ESTATE, MR SHIU SAID ONE OF THE THREE HOUSING BLOCKS TN THE ESTATE HAD ALREADY FORMED AN MAC. AND IT WAS EXPECTED THAT MAC’S FOR THE REMAINING TWO BLOCKS WOULD BE FORMED SOON.

THE CLAUGE GARDEN ESTATE. SITUATED AT TSUEN WAN BAY. IS A NEW HOUSING ESTATE BUILT AND MANAGED B’i THE HOUSING SOCIETY. IT HOUSES A POPULATION OF OVER 7.000 PEOPLE, SOME OF THEM BEING FORMER RESIDENTS OF THE FOUR SEASONS ESTATE IN THE DISTRICT.

ACCOMPANIED BY DISTRICT OFFICE STAFF. MR SHIU VISITED THREE FAMILIES TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THEIR LIVING ENVIRONMENT AND EXCHANGED VIEWS WITH THEM ON MATTERS OF GENERAL INTEREST TO THE DISTRICT.

MR SHIU SAID HE WAS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT THE RESIDENTS WERE GENERALLY HAPPY WITH THE FACILITIES PROVIDED IN THE ESTATE.

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PEDESTRIAN PROBLEM SPOTS ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ♦ * t * «

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL TABLE THE 1988 ACTION PROGRAMME REVIEW ON PEDESTRIAN PROBLEM SPOTS IN SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT AT THE MEETING OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE REPORT LISTS OUT THE LOCATIONS WITH SIX OR MORE ACCIDENTS, A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE CONDITION OF THESE PROBLEM SPOTS AND STATISTICS ON ACCIDENTS WHICH OCCURRED THERE. IT ALSO INCLUDES THE CAUSES OF THESE ACCIDENTS AND SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVEMENTS.

THE DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO PRESENT THE DRAFT ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME 1990-91 FOR THE DISTRICT FOR DISCUSSION.

MEMBERS WILL TRY TO WORK OUT SOLUTIONS TO THE NUISANCES CAUSED BY CONTAINER VEHICLES AND LORRIES AT THE FORTUNE STREET TEMPORARY HOUSING AREA. ILLEGAL PARKING AS WELL AS LOADING AND UNLOADING ARE CAUSING MUCH INCONVENIENCE TO THE RESIDENTS THERE.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE TRAFFIC PROBLEMS AT NAM CHEONG STREET, TAI NAN WEST STREET AND THE SECTION OF TAI PO ROAD BETWEEN WONG CHUK STREET AND MAPLE STREET; PEDESTRIAN SAFETY AT YEN CHOW STREET AND TAI PO ROAD: AND PROPOSED BUS SERVICES FOR LAI KING HILL ROAD.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD'S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT THE SHEK KIP MEI COMMUNITY HALL, BLOCK 42, SHEK KIP MEI ESTATE, NAM CHEONG STREET.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM.

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DB WIRING GROUP TO DISCUSS DESIGNATION OF FISH CULTURE ZONE *****

MEMBERS OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S WORKING GROUP O'-AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE PROPOSED DESIGNAix. OF A NEW FISH CULTURE ZONE IN THE DISTRICT AND THE PROPOSED EXTENSION OF THE SHAM WAN FISH CULTURE ZONE BOUNDARY AT THE WORKING GROUP'S MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT WILL ATTEND THE MEETING.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE IMPROVEMENT OF FISH CULTURE ZONE FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT AND THE PROGRESS MADE BY THE STEERING GROUP ON FLOATING REFUSE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD'S WORKING GROUP ON AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES IO BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 152 KWONG FUK ROAD. TAI PO.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 10 AM.

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PROCESSING OF NT TAXI TENDERS COMPLETED

*****

THE AVERAGE PREMIUM ACCEPTED IN THE LATEST TENDERS FOR 100 NEW TERRITORIES TAXI LICENCES IS $442,136.72, THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

A TOTAL OF 490 TENDERS WERE RECEIVED WHEN ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS CLOSED ON AUGUST 4.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID THE HIGHEST TENDER ACCEPTED WAS $450,000 AND THE LOWEST $441,833.

DETAILS OF SUCCESSFUL TENDERERS AND THE AMOUNTS THEY OFFERED WILL BE PUBLISHED TOMORROW IN THE GAZETTE.

THE PREMIUM ACCEPTED IN THE LAST TENDER EXERCISE IN JANUARY 1985 FOR ONE SINGLE LICENCE WAS $25,000.

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URBAN CLEARWAYS IN TUEN MUN ♦ t ♦ ♦ t

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 15). TWO SECTIONS OF ROADS IN TUEN MUN WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS 24 HOURS DAILY.

THEY ARE THE NORTH-WESTERN KERBSIDE SECTION OF THE UNNAMED SERVICE ROAD EAST OF THE SIU HONG COURT BUS TERMINUS FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH SIU HONG ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 30 METRES NORTHEAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION: AND THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE SECTION OF SIU HONG ROAD FROM ITS EASTERN END TO A POINT EIGHT METRES TO THE WEST.

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 THE RIGHT-TURNING FROM TSING LUN ROAD SOUTHBOUND ONTO THE UNNAMED ACCESS ROAD LEADING TO SAN HING TSUEN IN TUEN MUN WILL BE BANNED FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 15).

MOTORISTS TRAVELLING ON TSING LUN ROAD SOUTHBOUND HEADING FOR SAN HING TSUEN ARE ADVISED TO MAKE USE OF THE TURN-ROUND LOOP OFF TSING LUN ROAD TO THE NORTH OF SIU HONG COURT.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

TWO HISTORICAL BUILDINGS TO BE PRESERVED ..................... 1

OS VISITS NT REGION .......................................... 2

'EDUCATION SUNDAY' TO MARK NEW SCHOOL YEAR ................... 3

UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS FOR MAY - JULY PKT-EASED....................................................... 3

HANDBOOK ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION PUBLISHED................. 5

MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL CELEBRATIONS IN TAI PO ................... 6

YUEN LONG MUSIC CENTRE OPEN DAY............................... 6

MONDAY DEADLINE FOR ANTI-DRUG FAMILY CAMP .................... 7

PROPOSED RECLAMATION AT PAK SHA WAN .......................... 8

GRADING OF BEACH WATER QUALITY ............................... 8

VEHICULAR ACCESS TO BE BUILT IN FO TAN VILLAGE................ 12

TSUEN WAN VILLAGE ROAD TO BE IMPROVED ........................ V

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WESTERN .............................. 13

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG

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TWO HISTORICAL BUILDINGS TO BE PRESERVED ♦ * ♦ ♦ *

TWO 15D-YEAR-OLD WESTERN HISTORICAL BUILDINGS IN THE CENTRAL DISTRICT, ELAGSTAFF HOUSE AND THE FORMER FRENCH MISSION BUILDING, WERE GAZETTED AS HISTORICAL BUILDINGS TODAY (THURSDAY).

BUILT IN MAY 1846, FLAGSTAFF HOUSE NOW STANDS ON THE TOP OF A GENTLE SLOPE TO THE RIGHT OF COTTON TREE DRIVE. IT WAS ORIGINALLY CALLED THE HEADQUARTER HOUSE WHEN MAJOR GENERAL GEORGE CHARLES D’AGUILAR, WHO WAS THEN THE "OFFICER COMMANDING HER BRITANNIC MAJESTY’S LAND FORCES IN CHINA" FIRST MOVED INTO THE BUILDING ON SEPTEMBER 28 THE SAME YEAR.

FROM THEN, THE HOUSE WAS USED AS THE OFFICE AND RESIDENCE OF THE COMMANDER OF BRITISH FORCES UNTIL 1978. EXCEPT DURING THE PERIOD OF JAPANESE OCCUPATION. THE NAME OF FLAGSTAFF HOUSE WAS FIRST USED AROUND 1932.

IT WAS A TWO-STOREY BUILDING WITH DEEP VERANDAHS AND COLUMNS OF BOTH DORIC AND IONIC ORDERS AND APPEARED TO BE OF THE GREEK REVIVAL STYLE.

JUST BEFORE THE SECOND WORLD WAR, FLAGSTAFF HOUSE UNDERWENT EXTENSIVE RENOVATION WITH MAJOR ALTERATIONS WHEN THE FLOORS WERE CONCRETED, VERANDAHS REBUILT TO THEIR PRESENT FORM, TWO STAIRCASES REMOVED AND A NEW ONE REBUILT, AND THE ENTRANCE DOOR RELOCATED.

IN 1981, THE URBAN COUNCIL TOOK OVER THE MANAGEMENT OF THE BUILDING AND CONVERTED IT INTO A TEAWARE MUSEUM IN 1984. IT WAS FORMALLY OPENED AS THE FLAGSTAFF HOUSE MUSEUM OF TEA WARE, A BRANCH MUSEUM OF THE HONG KONG MUSEUM OF ART AND WILL CONTINUE TO SERVE AS SUCH AFTER THE DECLARATION.

AS TO THE FORMER FRENCH MISSION BUILDING NOW SITUATED ON BATTERY PATH, IT WAS SIR HENRY POTTINGER. THE FIRST GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG, WHO AUTHORISED THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE BUILDING ON THE SITE.

BUILT BETWEEN 1842 AND 1843, THE BUILDING WAS RENTED AND USED AS A TEMPORARY RESIDENCE FOR THE GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG BETWEEN 1843 AND 1846.

LAND RECORDS OF 1879 AND 1880 LISTED THE OWNER AS EMMANUEL BELILIOS, DIRECTOR OF THE HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANK, WHO OWNED THE BUILDING UNTIL 1915 WHEN IT WAS ACQUIRED BY THE FRENCH MISSION.

UNDER THE OWNERSHIP OF THE FRENCH MISSION, THIS BUILDING WAS EXTENSIVELY REBUILT. A SMALL PLAQUE, WHICH AFFIRMED THE ALTERATION COMPLETED ON MARCH 7, 1917, CAN STILL BE SEEN ON ITS WALL FACING SOUTH.

AMONG THE ALTERATIONS, THE MOST NOTABLE ONE WAS THE CONSTRUCTION OF A SMALL CHAPEL IN THE NORTHWEST CORNER.

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THE THREE-STOREY BUILDING IS CONSTRUCTED WITH A BASEMENT IN GRANITE AND RED BRICK IN NEO-CLASSICAL STYLE. ITS ARCHITECTURAL FEATURES INCLUDE WOODEN STAIRCASES, VAULTED CEILING, INTERNAL COURTYARD AND COLUMNED GROUND FLOOR WHICH AKE VERY ATTRACTIVE.

BEFORE IT WAS SOLD TO THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT IN 1953, THE BUILDING HAI) BEEN USED AS THE TEMPORARY HEADQUARTERS OF THE PROVISIONAL HONG KONG GOVERNMENT AFTER THE SECOND WORLD WAR.

SINCE THE CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP, IT HAS BEEN USED AS THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, VICTORIA DISTRICT COURT AND SUPREME COURT. NOW THE BUILDING IS SHARED BY THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE WORLD WIDE FUND FOR NATURE.

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CS VISITS NT REGION t t ♦

THE GOVERNMENT IS COMMITTED TO REDUCING THE FREQUENCY AND SEVERITY OF FLOODING AS FAR AS POSSIBLE, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SIR DAVID MADE THIS REMARK DURING AN INSPECTION OF THE RECENTLY COMPLETED FLOOD PROTECTION SCHEME IN SHEUNG SHUI.

THE SCHEME, CONSTRUCTION OF WHICH COMMENCED IN EARLY 1988, WAS COMMISSIONED LAST MONTH.

THE SCHEME COMPRISES THREE FEATURES:

A PROTECTIVE BUND SEPARATING THE SHEUNG SHUI VILLAGE FROM THE RIVER INDUS FLOOD PLAIN;

* A FLOOD STORAGE POND AND THE EXISTING VILLAGE MOAT FOR STORING CUMMULATIVE RUNOFF IN THE EVENT OF A SEVERE STORM;

AND

A STORMWATER PUMPING STATION WHICH HAS A MAXIMUM PUMPING CAPACITY OF ABOUT FIVE CUBIC METRES PER SECOND.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT, MR K.K. TANG, AND A PRINCIPAL ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION, MR M.J.C. WATERS, SIR DAVID WAS BRIEFED BY PROJECT MANAGER/NEW TERRITORIES NORTHEAST. MR T.D. ARMOUR, ON THE FLOOD PROTECTION SCHEME AND THE RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN FANLING/SHEUNG SHUI NEW TOWN.

LATER, SIR DAVID AND THE COMPANY WERE TAKEN TO THE TSUEN WAN SITE OFFICE OF ROUTE 5 WHERE THEY WERE BRIEFED BY THE PROJECT MANAGER/ TSUEN WAN, MR K.C. YEUNG, AND THE REGIONAL HIGHWAY ENGINEER, MR U.S. KWONG, AND THE CONSULTANT ENGINEER, MR K. LARKIN, ABOUT THE CONSTRUCTION OF ROUTE 5 TUNNEL AND ITS APPROACH ROADS.

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SIR DAVID ALSO INSPECTED THE ABOVE WORKS.

ROUTE 5, WHICH IS NOW UNDER CONSTRUCTION, IS A SEVEN KILOMETRE LONG TRUNK ROAD LINKING THE RAPIDLY DEVELOPING TOWNS OF TSUEN WAN AND SHA TIN AND WILL FORM PART OF THE NEW TERRITORIES CIRCULAR ROUTE.

IT WILL REDUCE TRAVELLING TIME BETWEEN THE TWO TOWN CENTRES FROM 10 TO 15 MINUTES AND RELIEVE CONGESTION ON THE PRESENT ROUTE VIA LION ROCK TUNNEL AND NORTH KOWLOON.

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’EDUCATION SUNDAY’ TO MARK NEW SCHOOL YEAR ♦ ♦ * ♦ ♦

TO MARK THE START OF THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR, THE COMING SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 17) HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AS THIS YEAR’S EDUCATION SUNDAY.

SPECIAL CHURCH SERVICES WILL BE HELD AT THE CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL AND ST JOHN’S CATHEDRAL ON HONG KONG ISLAND, AND AT ST TERESA’S CHURCH AND HOLY TRINITY CHURCH IN KOWLOON ON THAT DAY.

TEACHERS AND SCHOOL CHILDREN ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE SERVICES WHICH ARE HELD TO ENCOURAGE THEM TO PERFORM THE TASK THAT LIES AHEAD WITH CONFIDENCE.

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI, WILL ATTEND THE SERVICE AT THE CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL AT 16 CAINE ROAD, WHICH WILL START AT 11 AM, WHILE THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION), DR VERNER BICKLEY, WILL ATTEND THE SERVICE AT ST JOHN’S CATHEDRAL ON GARDEN ROAD AT 11.30 AM.

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THE UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DECLINED FURTHER WHILE THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE REMAINED STABLE AT A LOW LEVEL DURING THE PERIOD MAY - JULY 1989 AS COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING THREE MONTHS, 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 MAY - JULY 1989 WAS 1.2 PER CENT COMPARED WITH 1.5 PER CENT FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING APRIL 1989 AND 1.7 PER CENT FOR THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER.

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THE DECREASES OF 0.3 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT BELOW THE PRECEDING THREE-MONTH PERIOD AND 0.5 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT BELOW THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER ARE BOTH STATISTICALLY SIGNIFICANT.

THE NUMBER OF UNEMPLOYED PERSONS IN MAY - JULY 1989 WAS ESTIMATED AT 34,100 COMPARED WITH 40,500 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING APRIL' 1989 AND 46,600 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING JULY 1988.

THE UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE FOR MAY - JULY 1989 WAS 0.7 PER CENT, COMPARED WITH 0.8 PER CENT FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING APRIL 1989 AND 0.6 PER CENT FOR THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER.

THE DECREASE OF 0.1 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT BELOW THE PRECEDING THREE-MONTH PERIOD AND THE INCREASE OF 0.1 OF A PERCENTAGE POINT OVER THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD A YEAR EARLIER ARE BOTH STATISTICALLY NOT SIGNIFICANT.

THE ESTIMATED NUMBER OF UNDEREMPLOYED PERSONS FOR MAY - JULY 1989 WAS 19,200, COMPARED WITH 22,200 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING APRIL 1989 AND 16,100 FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDING JULY 1988.

CONSISTENT WITH THE CURRENT RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANISATION (ILO), PERSONS WHO WORKED LESS THAN 35 HOURS A WEEK DUE TO ECONOMIC REASONS (SUCH AS SLACK WORK, MATERIAL SHORTAGE, MECHANICAL BREAKDOWN AND INABILITY TO FIND FULL-TIME WORK) WERE REGARDED AS UNDEREMPLOYED ONLY IF THEY WERE EITHER SEEKING OR AVAILABLE FOR MORE WORK.

COMMENTING ON THESE FIGURES, THE COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS SAID THAT BECAUSE THE PROPORTION OF FIRST-TIME JOB-SEEKERS (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 IN MAKING COMPARISONS OVER TIME.

THE COMMISSIONER ADDED THAT, BASED ON A SYSTEM OF PROVISIONAL COUNTS, THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATES COVERING THE LATEST THREE-MONTH PERIOD COULD BE MADE AVAILABLE WITHIN TWO WEEKS AFTER THE SURVEY. THESE PROVIDE AN EARLY INDICATION OF THE LATEST UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT SITUATION.

THE PROVISIONAL SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNEMPLOYMENT RATE FOR JUNE - AUGUST 1989 WAS 1.3 PER CENT AND THE PROVISIONAL UNDEREMPLOYMENT RATE WAS 0.6 PER CENT.

THE UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT STATISTICS WERE OBTAINED FROM A CONTINUOUS GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THIS SURVEY COVERS A QUARTERLY SAMPLE OF SOME 14,000 HOUSEHOLDS OR 52,000 PERSONS, SELECTED SCIENTIFICALLY TO REPRESENT THE LAND-BASED CIVILIAN NON-INSTITUTIONAL POPULATION IN HONG KONG.

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PERSONAL AND LABOUR FORCE DATA WERE OBTAINED IN THE SURVEY BY INTERVIEWING EACH INDIVIDUAL MEMBER AGED 15 AND ABOVE IN THE HOUSEHOLDS SAMPLED.

T. Till. SURVEY. THE DEFINITIONS USED IN MEASURING UNEMPLOYMENT AND UNDEREMPLOYMENT FOLLOW CLOSELY THOSE RECOMMENDED BY THE ILO.

DETAILED ANALYSIS OF LABOUR FORCE CHARACTERISTICS IS GIVEN IN THE REPORT ON THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY WHICH IS PUBLISHED FOUR TIMES A YEAR.

THE NEXT REPORT COVERING THE QUARTER ENDING JUNE 1989 WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE. GROUND FLOOR. GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL AROUND SEPTEMBER 20 AT $10 PER COPY .

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THE Cm AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION (CNTA) HAS PUBLISHED A HANDBOOK ON DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION FOR DISTRIBUTION TO THE PUBLIC.

A CNTA SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THE BILINGUAL HANDBOOK IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE A CONVENIENT AND EASY REFERENCE ON THE STRUCTURE AND OPERATION OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE HANDBOOK OUTLINES THE BACKGROUND AND EVOLUTION OF THE DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION SCHEME, THE DISTRICT BOARD ELECTIONS AND THE WORK OF DISTRICT BOARDS. IT CONCLUDES WITH A REVIEW OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION.

ILLUSTRATED WITH COLOURED PHOTOGRAPHS, THE BOOK ALSO CONTAINS TABLES SHOWING THE COMPOSITION OF DISTRICT BOARDS AND THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE CONSTITUENCIES OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, HE ADDED.

THE HANDBOOK IS NOW AVAILABLE AT ALL PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES OF THE 19 DISTRICT OFFICES.

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MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL CELLBRAT LONS IN TAI PO

THOUSANDS OF TAJ PO RESIDENTS TOOK PART IN A MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL CARNIVAL XT THE TAI PO PLAYGROUND THIS (THURSDAY) EVENING.

OFFICIATING AT THE RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY. TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICER, MR THOMAS YIU, SAID HE WAS DELIGHTED TO NOTE THE INITIATIVE OF LOCAL ORGANISATIONS IN PROMOTING COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES.

“I HOPE EVERY ’KA I FONG’, WHILE TAKING PART IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES, WILL ALSO CARRY OUT THEIR CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY TO REGISTER AS X VOTER,' HE SAID.

MR YIU REMINDED RESIDENTS THAT THE DEADLINE FOR THIS YEAR’S VOTER REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN IS THE END OF THIS MONTH.

THE CARNIVAL WAS ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO SOCIETIES FRATERNAL ASSOCIATION AND SPONSORED BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS INCLUDED THE DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR HO YUNG-SANG, AND CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S ARTS ADVANCEMENT ASSOCIATION, MR CHEUNG CHI-FAN.

TWO MORE MID-AUTUMN FESTIVAL CARNIVALS WILL BE HELD IN TAI PO TOMORROW AT FU SHIN SQUARE AND KWONG FUK COMMERCIAL COMPLEX.

BOTH WILL HAVE STALL GAMES IN THE AFTERNOON AND A VARIETY SHOW IN THE EVENING. ADMISSION IS FREE.

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YUEN LONG MUSIC CENTRE OPEN DAY I t .♦ t t

THE YUEN LONG MUSIC CENTRE OF THE MUSIC OFFICE WILL HOLD AN OPEN DAY ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 16).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MUSIC OFFICE SAID THE OPEN DAY IS HELD TO ENABLE THE PUBLIC TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORK OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

THE PROGRAMME OF THE OPEN DAY INCLUDES AN EXHIBITION OF VARIOUS KINDS OF CHINESE AND WESTERN MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS. DISPLAY OF PHOTOGRAPHS AND A VIDEO SHOW ON THE ACTIVITIES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

ALSO. INSTRUCTORS OF THE MUSIC OFFICE WILL GIVE DEMONSTRATIONS.

MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO VISIT THE CENTRE FROM 9.30 AM TO 5.30 PM ON THE OPEN DAY. THE YUEN LONG MUSIC CENTRE IS LOCATED ON THE SECOND FLOOR, YUEN LONG CENTRE, 55 SHAU FU STREET.

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MONDAY DEADLINE FOR ANTI-DRUG FAMILY CAMP » * * ♦ t

FAMILIES WISHING TO ENJOY THE PLEASURE OF CAMPING AT HONG KONG’S TRANQUIL URBAN HOLIDAY VILLAGE ARE REMINDED THAT THEY MUST SUBMIT THEIR APPLICATIONS FOR JOINING THE ANTI-NARCOTICS FAMILY CAMP BY MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 18).

THE CAMP HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS AS PART OF THE "THE ROAD TO A HAPPY LIFE” PROGRAMME THIS YEAR.

IT WILL BE HELD AT THE LEI YUE MUN PARK HOLIDAY VILLAGE IN CHAI WAN ON THE WEEKEND OF OCTOBER 7 AND 8.

THE CAMP IS AIMED AT ENCOURAGING MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO STAY AWAY FROM DRUGS AND TO TAKE PART IN HEALTHY PURSUITS.

ABOUT 230 FAMILIES। WITH A TOTAL OF ABOUT 690 PARENTS AND CHILDREN, WILL ATTEND THE CAMP.

OF THEM, 290 WILL BE RESIDENTIAL CAMPERS AND 400 WILL BE DAY CAMPERS.

A MIXED AND BALANCED PROGRAMME, PROVIDING A GREAT VARIETY OF INDOOR AND OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES, WILL BE DESIGNED TO ENHANCE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING AMONG PARTICIPANTS AND TO HELP THEM BUILD UP A HEALTHY AND HAPPY FAMILY LIFE.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE VARIOUS BALL.GAMES, ARCHERY, A ROPE COURSE. AND GAMES FOR CHILDREN.

THERE WILL BE A CHILDREN’S PLAY HOUSE AND AN INDOOR RECREATION CENTRE WITH ROOMS SPECIALLY FURNISHED FOR ARCHERY, DANCING. EXERCISING. TABLE TENNIS. LAWN BOWLS, AMERICAN POOL, CHINESE BILLIARDS AND FOOTBALL GAMES MACHINES.

THE TRANQUIL AND PLEASANT ENVIRONMENT OF THE CAMP SITE, AND ITS SPECTACULAR VIEW OVER LEI YUE MUN, FORM A MAIN ATTRACTION OF THE HOLIDAY VILLAGE.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE NARCOTICS DIVISION OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT SAID THAT APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW OBTAINABLE AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES AND SUB-OFFICES AND AT THE NARCOTICS DIVISION, 23RD FLOOR. QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, CENTRAL, HONG KONG.

THE FORMS FOR THE FAMILY CAMP WILL ALSO BE PUBLISHED IN SING TAO WAN PAO.

COMPLETED FORMS MAY BE RETURNED EITHER IN PERSON OR BY MAIL TO THE NARCOTICS DIVISION.

A BALLOT TO DECIDE SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE HELD ON SEPTEMBER 22, AND RESULTS OF THE BALLOT WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON SEPTEMBER 26.

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PROPOSED RECLAMATION AT PAR SHA WAN ♦ * ♦ ♦

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO GRANT A SHORT TERM TENANCY ro ROYAL HONG KONG YACHT CLUB FOR CARRYING OUT A RECLAMATION PROJECT PAK 'HA WAN, SAI KUNG.

THE AT

THE PROPOSED WORKS WILL BE CARRIED OUT WITHIN AN AREA OF APPROXIMATELY 4,680 SQUARE METRES OF FORESHORE AND SEABED Al PAK SHA WAN.

THE UNDERTAKING INVOLVES RECLAMATION TO PROVIDE LAND FOR CAR PARKING SPACES AND BOAT STORAGE, DREDGING OF SEABED AND CONSTRUCTION OF A SEAWALL.

THE EXTENT OF THE AREA AFFECTED WAS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (THURSDAY).

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 NOVEMBER 13 THIS YEAR.

THE NOTICE OF 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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GRADING OF BEACH WATER QUALITY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE SYSTEM FOR GRADING BEACH WATER QUALITY IS AS FOLLOWS:

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

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

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

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

NORMALLY, A RECOMMENDATION ON CLOSURE WOULD ONLY BE CONSIDERED BY THE URBAN OR REGIONAL COUNCIL IF A "C" GRADING OCCURRED REPEATEDLY, SO THAT THE AVERAGE HEALTH RISK OVER THE BATHING SEASON EXCEEDED 15 CASES PER 1,000 SWIMMERS. SIMILARLY, A RECOMMENDATION TO REOPEN A CLOSED BEACH WOULD ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF A "B" GRADE OR BETTER WERE CONSISTENTLY OBTAINED.

AT PRESENT, SIX BATHING BEACHES HAVE BEEN DECLARED UNSUITABLE FOR SWIMMING PURPOSE, BASED ON THE WATER QUALITY DURING PAST SEASONS. THESE BEACHES ARE ANGLERS’, CASTLE PEAK, SILVERMINE BAY, OLD CAFETERIA, ROCKY BAY AND TING KAU.

THEY ARE POLLUTED BY FAECAL WASTES AND FAIL TO ACHIEVE CONSISTENTLY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION AND HONG KONG STANDARDS. THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED NOT TO SWIM IN THESE SIX BEACHES. THEY ARE IDENTIFIED BY AN "X" IN THE FOLLOWING TABLE.

THE GRADES ON THE BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY OF VARIOUS BEACHES IN HONG KONG AS AT TODAY AND TWO WEEKS AGO ARE LISTED BELOW:

/BEACH .......

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LAST PRESENT

BEACH GRADING GRADING

(AS AT 31.8.89) (AS AT 14.9.891

HONG EONG SOUTH

BIG WAVE BAY A A

CHUNG HOM KOK A A

DEEP WATER BAY A A

HAIRPIN A A

MIDDLE BAY A A

REPULSE BAY A A

SHEK 0 B B

SOUTH BAY A A

ST STEPHEN’S A A

TURTLE COVE A A

STANLEY MAIN A A

ROCKY BAY X X

TO TEI WAN* A A

ISLANDS DISTRICT

CHEUNG SHA UPPER A A

CHEUNG SHA LOWER B B

DISCOVERY BAY* A A

HUNG SHING YEH A A

KWUN YAM WAN A A

TONG FUK A A

LO SO SHING A A

PUT 0 A A

/SILVERMINE BAY ......

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SILVERMINE BAY X X

TUNG WAN, CHEUNG CHAU A A

TUNG O* A A

SAI KUNG DISTRICT

CAMPERS A A

CLEAR WATER BAY 1ST BEACH B B

CLEAR WATER BAY 2ND BEACH A A

HAP MUN BAY A A

KIU TSUI A A

PAK SHA CHAU A A

S1LVERSTRAND B B

TRIO (HEBE HAVEN) A A

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT

ANGLERS’ X X

APPROACH A A

CAS AM A A

GEMINI A A

HOI MEI WAN A B

LIDO A A

TING KAU X X

TUNG WAN. MA WAN A A

TUEN MUN DISTRICT

OLD CAFETERIA X X

NEW CAFETERIA B B

CASTLE PEAK X X

/KADOORIE .......

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 1989

KADOORIE

BUTTERFLY

”X” THE BEACH HAS BEEN DECLARED UNSUITABLE FOR SWIMMING.

* NON-GAZETTED BEACHES.

THE FOLLOWING BEACH HAS CHANGED GRADING ON THIS OCCASION:

HOI MEI WAN, FROM "A" TO "B” ;

THE CHANGE IS WITHIN THE NORMAL RANGE OF FLUCTUATION OF THE BACTERIAL WATER QUALITY OF THE BEACH.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT MR PAUL R. HOLMES, ACTING ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (WATER POLICY) OF THE EP , TEL. 5-8351003.

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VEHICULAR ACCESS TO BE BUILT IN FO TAN VILLAGE t ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PLANS TO CONSTRUCT A COMBINED FOOTPATH/EMERGENCY VEHICULAR ACCESS ROAD IN FO TAN VILLAGE, SHA TIN. TO PROVIDE ACCESS FOR THE EXISTING VILLAGE AND PROPOSED EXTENSION AREAS.

THE SCHEME FORMS PART OF THE CONTINUING PROGRAMME FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF SHA TIN NEW TOWN.

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

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;

- SHA TIN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE. 2 TUNG LO WAN HILL ROAD. SHA TIN: AND

- SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE. SIXTH FLOOR, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN

STATION.

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. BY NOVEMBER 14.

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TSUEN WAN VILLAGE ROAD TO BE IMPROVED

THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT PROPOSES TO CARRY OUT IMPROVEMENT WORKS TO THE VILLAGE ACCESS ROAD IN YAU KOM TAU. TSUEN WAN .

THE WORKS COMPRISE RECONSTRUCTION AND WIDENING TO 3.5 METRES OF A SECTION OF THE ROAD AND PROVISION OF A FOOTPATH AND LAY-BYS.

THE WORKS WILL START LATER THIS YEAR AND BE COMPLETED IN MID-I 990.

A NOTICE ON THE PROPOSED WORKS WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (THURSDAY). A NOTICE IS ALSO POSTED AT THE SITE.

THE PLAN AND SCHEME MAY BE INSPECTED AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE. CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE. CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES. WEST WING. MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY. HONG KONG: AND AT THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE AND THE TSUEN WAN DI STRICT OFFICE. TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING. 174-208 CASTLE PEAK ROAD. TSUEN WAN.

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 NOVEMBER 14.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN WESTERN t ♦ t t t

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 16), THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS IN WESTERN DISTRICT WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 7 AM TO 10 AM AND FROM 4 PM TO 7 PM DAILY:

QUEEN’S ROAD WEST BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH HILL ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 50 METRES TO THE EAST: AND

HILL ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH QUEEN’S ROAD WEST AND A POINT ABOUT 25 METRES TO THE SOUTH.

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

AT THE SAME TIME. GOODS VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO LOAD AND UNLOAD GOODS ALONG THE SECTION OF HILL ROAD BETWEEN DES VOEUX ROAD WEST AND QUEEN’S ROAD WEST FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TRAFFIC ARRANGMENTS WILL BE INTRODUCED IN KWUN TONG FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 16).

UNDER THESE ARRANGEMENTS. THE FOLLOWING THREE FLYOVERS WILL BE OPENED: THE FLYOVER LINKING JUNK BAY ROAD SOUTHBOUND WITH CHA KWO LING ROAD NORTHBOUND: THE FLYOVER LINKING JUNK BAY ROAD SOUTHBOUND WITH THE UNNAMED ROAD ADJOINING WAI YIP STREET: AND THE FLYOVER LINKING LEI YUE MUN ROAD WESTBOUND WITH THE UNNAMED ROAD ADJOINING WAI YIP STREET.

ALL CYCLISTS. PEDESTRIANS AND MOTOR VEHICLES DRIVEN BY LEARNER DRIVERS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THESE FLYOVERS.

CHA KWO LING ROAD BETWEEN YAU SHING STREET AND LEI YUE MUN ROAD WILL BE ROUTED ONE WAY NORTHBOUND.

THE RIGHT TURN FROM JUNK BAY ROAD SOUTHBOUND TO LEI YUE MUN ROAD WESTBOUND. THE RIGHT TURN FROM LEI YUE MUN ROAD EASTBOUND TO CHA KWO LING ROAD SOUTHBOUND, AND THE LEFT TURN FROM LEI YUE MUN ROAD WESTBOUND TO CHA KWO LING ROAD SOUTHBOUND WILL BE BANNED.

VEHICLES ON JUNK BAY ROAD SOUTHBOUND HEADING FOR LEI YUE MUN ROAD WESTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED TO TRAVEL VIA THE NEW FLYOVER AND CHA KWO LING ROAD.

VEHICLES ON KWUN TONG ROAD HEADING FOR THE SECTION OF CHA KWO LING ROAD NORTH OF YAU SHING STREET WILL BE DIVERTED TO TRAVEL VIA HOI YUEN ROAD. WAI YIP STREET AND CHA KWO LING ROAD.

VEHICLES ON LEI YUE MUN ROAD WESTBOUND HEADING FOR THE SECTION OF CHA KWO LING ROAD NORTH OF YAU SHING STREET WILL BE DIVERTED TO TRAVEL VIA KWUN TONG ROAD. HOI YUEN ROAD. WAI YIP STREET AND CHA KWO LING ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME. GREEN MINIBUSES ON ROUTE 23B, ON THEIR JOURNEYS FROM KWUN TONG TO CHA KWO LING. WILL BE DIVERTED TO TRAVEL VIA KWUN TONG ROAD. HOI YUEN ROAD, WAI YIP STREET AND CHA KWO LING ROAD INSTEAD OF KWUN TONG ROAD. LEI YUE MUN ROAD AND CHA KWO LING ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

UK MINISTER OF STATE TO VISIT HONG KONG ..................... 1

JOINT DECLARATION STILL FOUNDATION FOR FUTURE ............... 1

HONG KONG'S ECONOMIC SIGNS ARE GOOD.......................... 5

FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTRE WELL PATRONISED........ zt

70 NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN JULY....................... 5

DANGEROUS CHEMICALS MUST BE LABELLED......................... 6

SLOGAN COMPETITION TO LAUNCH ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN ........... 7

VARIETY SHOW TO SPREAD FIGHT CRIME MESSAGE .................. 8

NEW TAI KOK TSUI POST OFFICE TO OPEN ........................ 8

PHOTO CONTEST TO PROMOTE TOURISM ON ISLANDS ................. 9

MODEL CAR RACING TO SPREAD ANTI-DRUG MESSAGE................. 9

RTHK VHF TRANSMITTERS CLOSING FOR FOUR HOURS ................

ROAD CLOSURES IN WONG TAI SIN ............................... 11

FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 15. 1989

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UR MINISTER OF STATI TO VISIT HONG KONG

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THE MINISTER OF STATE IN THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE WITH RESPONSIBILITIES FOR HONG KONG, MR FRANCIS MAUDE. WILL ARRIVE ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 17) FOR A THREE-DAY VISIT TO GET FIRST-HAND INFORMATION ON PROBLEMS FACING HONG KONG AND THE LATEST DEVELOPMENTS IN THE TERRITORY.

THIS WILL BE MR MAUDE’S FIRST VISIT TO HONG KONG SINCE HE TOOK OFFICE IN JULY THIS YEAR.

DURING HIS STAY. THE MINISTER WILL MEET MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS, LEADERS OF ORGANISATIONS REPRESENTING A CROSS SECTION OF THE COMMUNITY, URBAN AND REGIONAL COUNCILLORS, LOCAL BUSINESSMEN AND SENIOR GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS.

HE WILL TAKE A FLYING TRIP TO A NUMBER OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE AND REFUGEE CENTRES TO SEE FOR HIMSELF WHAT CONDITIONS ARE LIKE IN THESE CENTRES. HE WILL ALSO VISIT A FACTORY IN TAI DO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE.

THE MINISTER WILL HOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON BEFORE LEAVING HONG KONG LATER THAT EVENING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MR MAUDE WILL ARRIVE BY BA 35 AT 6.25 PM ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 17). MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WISHING TO COVER HIS ARRIVAL SHOULD ASSEMBLE IN THE AIRPORT PRESS ROOM BY 5.10 PM AT THE LATEST.

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JOINT DECLARATION STILL FOUNDATION FOR FUTURE * * * * *

THE EVENTS OF JUNE 4 IN CHINA MAY HAVE CHANGED MANY THINGS, INCLUDING HONG KONG PEOPLE’S PERCEPTIONS, BUT ONE THING LT HAD NOT CHANGED WAS THE FACT THAT HONG KONG’S FUTURE MUST BE BUILT ON THE FOUNDATIONS OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION.

THIS WAS SAID YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) TO A GROUP OF MASSACHUSETTS BUSINESS LEADERS AND CHIEF EXECUTIVES RY MR KERRY MCGLYNN, DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG ECONOMIC AND TRADE OFFICE IN NEW YORK.

MR MCGLYNN WAS ADDRESSING A BREAKFAST MEETING OF THE WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL’S INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS FORUM IN THE CITY OF SPRINGFIELD AT THE CONCLUSION OF HIS THREE-DAY TOUR OF THE NEW ENGLAND STATES.

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DISCUSSING HOW HONG KONG WAS ADJUSTING TO RECENT POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS IN CHINA. HE TOLD HIS AUDIENCE THAT THE EVENTS OF JUNE 4 HAD CHALLENGED THE VERY ASSUMPTIONS ON WHICH THE ARRANGEMENTS FOR HONG KONG’S FUTURE WERE BASED.

BUT DESPITE THIS AND ALL THE WORRIES AND ANXIETIES THAT I'I' HAD CREATED ABOUT HONG KONG’S FUTURE AS PART OF CHINA AFTER SOVEREIGNTY REVERTED FROM BRITAIN, MR MCGLYNN SAID HONG KONG HAD CONTINUED TO THRIVE AND PROSPER.

SINCE JUNE HE SAID. THERE HAD BEEN SUBSTANTIAL AMERICAN INVESTMENTS IN HONG KONG. BUT THEY WERE NOT THE ONLY BAROMETER OF HONG KONG'S ECONOMIC STRENGTH.

HE NOTED THAT AMONG OTHER INVESTOR COUNTRIES, JAPANESE COMPANIES IN THE LAST FEW WEEKS HAD ANNOUNCED FOUR NEW PLANNED INVESTMENTS OF NEARLY US$25 MILLION.

THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TOO, HE SAID. WAS PLANNING TO SPEND ANOTHER 20 PERCENT OVER AND ABOVE THE US$1 BILLION LT HAD DONE LAST YEAR TO CONTINUE PROVIDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND SERVICES NEEDED FORTHE 21ST CENTURY.

FURTHERMORE. THE GOVERNMENT WAS EXPECTED TO ANNOUNCE NEXT MONTH PLANS FOR A MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR PROJECT TO BUILD A NEW AIRPORT AND EXPAND PORT FACILITIES THAT WOULD LITERALLY CHANGE THE FACE OF HONG KONG HARBOUR.

"THE CONTINUED WILLINGNESS TO COMMIT VAST THE INFRASTRUCTURE FOR WHAT COULD .ONE DAY TRANS-SHIPMENT CENTRE IS CLEAR EVIDENCE OF HONG TO ENSURE CONTINUED ECONOMIC GROWTH.” HE SAID.

RESOURCES TO BUILD BECOME ASIA’S MAJOR KONG’S DETERMINATION

ON THE POLITICAL FRONT. MR MCGLYNN SAID CRITICAL ISSUES STILL NEEDED TO BE RESOLVED BEFORE THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG FELT SATISFIED THAT THE BASIC LAW. WHICH WAS TO BE HONG KONG’S MINI-CONSTITUTION AFTER 1997. PROVIDED THE PROTECTION THEY WANTED.

FOREMOST AMONG SUCH ISSUES. HE CONTINUED. WAS THE PACE OF POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT THAT WOULD SATISFY THE JOINT DECLARATION’S PROMISE OF A FULLY ELECTED LEGISLATURE AFTER 1997. 5

"THERE IS ALREADY CONSENSUS AMONG THE MEMBERS OF HONG KONG’S EXECUTIVE AND LEGISLATIVE COUNCILS ABOUT HOW FAST THIS PACE SHOULD BE." HE SAID.

MR MCGLYNN SAID PEKING’S ATTITUDES AND ACTIONS WERE OBVIOUSLY FUNDAMENTAL TO HONG KONG’S FUTURE. BUT THERE WAS MUCH THAT BRITAIN AND THE WEST COULD DO NOW TO ALLEVIATE HONG KONG PEOPLE’S WORRIES ABOUT A SAFE AND SECURE FUTURE.

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HONG KONG'S ECONOMIC SIGNS ARE GOOD ♦ t » t ♦

THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HONG KONG ECONOMIC AND TRADE OFFICE IN SAN FRANCISCO. MR JACK CHAN, YESTERDAY (THURSDAY) REMARKED THAT THE RECENT UNREST IN CHINA HAS NOT AFFECTED HONG KONG’S ECONOMY TO ANY SIGNIFICANT DEGREE.

ADDRESSING A GROUP OF ASIAN AMERICAN PROFESSIONALS AND GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS IN SAN JOSE. CALIFORNIA. MR CHAN SAID THAT HONG KONG’S ECONOMY IS INTACT AND ALL THE VITAL SIGNS ARE GOOD AND ENCOURAGING.

"OUR TRADE WITH CHINA CONTINUES TO EXPAND. HONG KONG’S EXPORTS AND RE-EXPORTS TO AND IMPORTS FROM CHINA IN JULY THIS YEAR INCREASED BY 16. 11 AND 30 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY AS COMPARED WITH THAT OF THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR. AS FAR AS HONG KONG’S ECONOMY IS CONCERNED. IT IS BUSINESS AS USUAL."

MR CHAN TOOK THE RECENT AWARD OF THE CABLE TV FRANCHISE AND THE PURCHASE OF THE GARDEN ROAD SITE AS EVIDENCE OF BUSINESS CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG.

HE SAID THAT THE FRANCHISE TO BUILD AND OPERATE HONG KONG’S FIRST CABLE TV SYSTEMS WAS AWARDED LAST MONTH.

THE WINNING CONSORTIUM. INCLUDES A 25 PER CENT HOLDING BY THE AMERICAN CORPORATION US WEST, WILL INVEST OVER US$500 MILLION ON THE PROJECT WITH A PAY BACK PERIOD EXTENDING TO SEVEN YEARS AFTER 1997.

THE LAST PRIME SITE IN HONG KONG’S CENTRAL BUSINESS AREA. THE GARDEN ROAD SITE. WAS RECENTLY BOUGHT BY A CONSORTIUM FOR ABOUT US$350 MILLION. THE TOTAL INVESTMENT COST INCLUDING CONSTRUCTION MAY REACH US $700 MILLION. AGAIN THE PA\ BACK PERIOD IS WELL BEYOND 1997.

"ALL THESE DEMONSTRATE THAT THE BUSINESS SECTOR IN HONG KONG AND OVERSEAS REMAIN CONFIDENT IN THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG NOTWITHSTANDING THE RECENT DISTURBANCE IN CHINA."

MR CHAN SAID THAT HONG KONG HAS TREMENDOUS BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR AMERICANS.

"HONG KONG IS AN IMPORTANT MARKET FOR AMERICAN GOODS. IN 1988, WE IMPORTED FROM THE US $5.3 BILLION WORTH OF GOODS AND OUR TOTAL TRADE AMOUNTED TO US$21 BILLION. ON A PER CAPITA BASIS, HONG KONG PEOPLE ARE THE BIGGEST CONSUMERS OF AMERICAN GOODS. EACH OF US CONSUMES MORE THAN US$1,000 WORTH OF AMERICAN GOODS EACH YEAR. SUBSTANTIALLY MORE THAN FOR EXAMPLE TH1 EEC COUNTRIES US$179. JAPAN US$224, KOREA US$186. TAIWAN US$362 AND AUSTRALIA US$335. WE ARE NUMBER ONE EXPORT MARKET FOR AMERICAN GINSENG AND CUT DIAMONDS. AND NUMBER THREE FOR AMERICAN CIGARETTES AND ORANGES.

ON THE QUESTION OF 1997. MR CHAN SAID HE TRULY BELIEVES THAT THE SINO-BRITISH AGREEMENT ON THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG WILL BE FULLY AND FAITHFULLY IMPLEMENTED.

/’THE SINO-BRITISH

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15. 1989

'THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION IS AN INTERNATIONAL TREATY. HISTORY HAS SHOWN THAT THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC HAS AN EXCELLENT TRACK RECORD LN ABIDING BY INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENTS TO WHICH SHA IS A PARTY.

"DURING THE 10 YEARS OF TURMOIL DURING THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION. THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES MADE SURE THAT HONG KONG CONTINUED TO RECEIVE ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES OF FRESH FOOD AND WATER FROM CHINA.

"IN THE PAST 40 YEARS THE CHINESE LEADERS HAVE NEVER FAILED TO REALIZE THE IMPORTANCE OF HONG KONG TO CHINA. IT WAS INDEED DURING THAT 40 YEARS THAT HONG KONG DEVELOPED FROM AN OBSCURE TINY TRADING PORT IN THE SOUTHERN PART OF GUANGDONG PROVINCE TO WHAT IT IS TODAY.' MR CHAN SAID.

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FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTRE WELL PATRONISED

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IT STARTED A DECADE AGO FROM A FILE AND A STORAGE RACK. TODAY, IT HAS DEVELOPED INTO A WELL-STOCKED RESOURCE CENTRE WITH A BIG COLLECTION OF BOOKS, REFERENCE MATERIALS, FILMS, SLIDES, VIDEO TAPES, AUDIO VISUAL EQUIPMENT AND EXHIBITION MATERIALS.

RECENTLY MOVED TO THE SOUTHORN CENTRE IN WAN CHAI, THE FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTRE OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IS SPECIALLY DESIGNED TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE AND QUICK SERVICES TO ASSIST SOCIAL WORKERS, PARTICULARLY THOSE CONCERNED WITH FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION, IN PREPARING MATERIALS FOR IMPLEMENTING FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PROGRAMMES THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY.

THE RESOURCE CENTRE HANDLES ABOUT 4,000 TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES AND A SIMILAR NUMBER OF WRITTEN ADVANCE BOOKINGS FOR ITS FACILITIES ANNUALLY.

IT ALSO LENDS OUT ABOUT 7,000 ITEMS EVERY YEAR AND THE GROWTH RATE OF ITS USAGE IS 14 PER CENT A YEAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (FRIDAY) THAT THE RESOURCE CENTRE HAD A COLLECTION OF OVER 2,500 COPIES OF PRINT MATERIALS. THESE INCLUDED REFERENCE BOOKS, MAGAZINES, PERIODICALS, JOURNALS AND NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS ON HUMAN RELATIONS, HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, SEX EDUCATION AND HOME MANAGEMENT, HE SAID,

ITS FILM LIBRARY HAS A STORE OF MORE THAN 1,500 ITEMS OF 16 MM FILMS, VIDEO TAPES, SLIDES AND TAPES.

THOUGH THE MAJORITY OF THE AUDIO VISUAL ITEMS ARE ACQUIRED FROM ABROAD, THE COMMENTARIES HAVE BEEN DUBBED INTO CANTONESE TO CATER FOR LOCAL AUDIENCES.

/"THE RESOURCE .......

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"THE RESOURCE CENTRE ALSO PRODUCES EDUCATIONAL FILMS, VIDEO TAPES, PHOTOGRAPHS AND CARTOONS ON VARIOUS SUBJECTS CONCERNING FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"IT HAS PRODUCED OVER 50 FILM, VIDEO OR SLIDE SHOWS MAINLY IN CO-OPERATION WITH RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES TO COINCIDE WITH THE DEPARTMENT’S PUBLICITY CAMPAIGNS.

"THESE INCLUDE THE POPULAR DRAMA SERIES OF 'UNDER THE LION ROCK', 'UNDER THE SAME ROOF’, 'SUNNY KIDDY', AND 'CHILDREN DRAMA 1989’."

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THIS YEAR, TWO 20-MINUTE 16 MM DOCUMENTARIES ON GOOD PARENTHOOD WILL BE PRODUCED AS PART OF THE FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PUBLICITY CAMPAIGN ON RESPONSIBLE PARENTHOOD AND CHILD CARE.

IN ORDER TO FAMILIARISE SOCIAL WORKERS WITH THE OPERATION OF AUDIO VISUAL EQUIPMENT, THE RESOURCE CENTRE RUNS MONTHLY WORKSHOPS WHICH ARE WELL PATRONISED.

IT ALSO ORGANISES MONTHLY FILM SHOWS ON SPECIAL TOPICS AND INTRODUCES THE NEW EQUIPMENT ACQUIRED TO BETTER ASSIST SOCIAL WORKERS IN THE PREPARATION OF THEIR PROGRAMMES.

WITH THE REPROVISIONING OF THE RESOURCE CENTRE TO MORE SPACIOUS PREMISES, ITS POPULARITY AMONG SOCIAL WORKERS AND THE INCREASING NUMBER OF FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION PROGRAMMES IN THE TERRITORY, IT WAS EXPECTED THAT THE USAGE RATE OF THE CENTRE WOULD CONTINUE TO RISE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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70 NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED IN JULY

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A 760-ROOM HOTEL WAS AMONG THE 70 NEW BUILDING PLANS APPROVED BY THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE IN JULY.

OF THE PLANS, 12 WERE FOR KOWLOON, AND 29 EACH ^FOR HONG KONG ISLAND AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE APPROVED PLANS INCLUDED 22 FOR APARTMENT, APARTMENT/COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENTS; 19 FOR OFFICE AND COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENTS AND 10 FOR FACTORY, WAREHOUSE OR GODOWN.

DURING THE MONTH, THE OFFICE GAVE CONSENT TO START WORK ON 32 PROJECTS, INVOLVING 104,848.1 SQUARE METRES OF USABLE DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA AND 99,805.3 SQUARE METRES OF USABLE NON-DOMESTIC FLOOR AREA.

THE TOTAL DECLARED COST OF NEW BUILDINGS COMPLETED DURING THE MONTH WAS ABOUT $568 MILLION, WITH USABLE FLOOR AREA FOR DOMESTIC AND NON-DOMESTIC USES BEING ABOUT 31,875.4 SQUARE METRES AND 101,743.7 SQUARE METRES RESPECTIVELY.

/ALSO DURING .......

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ALSO DURING THE MONTH. THE OFFICE ISSUED 49 OCCUPATION PERMITS. 14 FOR HONG KONG, FOUR FOR KOWLOON AND 31 FOR THE NEW TERRITORIES.

IN ADDITION, THE OFFICE ISSUED 29 DEMOLITION CONSENTS AFFECTING 42 BUILDINGS.

THE CONTROL AND ENFORCEMENT DIVISION RECEIVED 734 COMPLAINTS ON ILLEGAL BUILDING WORKS, CARRIED OUT 828 INSPECTIONS AND ISSUED 224 REMOVAL ORDERS.

THE DANGEROUS BUILDINGS SECTION INSPECTED 539 BUILDINGS.

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DANGEROUS CHEMICALS MUST BE LABELLED

*****

A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN TODAY (FRIDAY) REMINDED PROPRIETORS OF INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS OF THEIR LEGAL OBLIGATION TO LABEL ALL LISTED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES, OTHERWISE THEY MAY BE PROSECUTED.

THIS FOLLOWS A RECENT COURT CASE IN WHICH A CONSTRUCTION COMPANY WAS FINED FOR FAILURE TO LABEL A CONTAINER HOLDING KEROSENE, WHICH IS CLASSIFIED UNDER FLAMMABLE SUBSTANCE IN THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES) REGULATIONS.

THE KEROSENE WAS FOUND IN A STOREROOM AT A CONSTRUCTION SITE IN KWAI CHUNG DURING AN INSPECTION BY FACTORY INSPECTORS EARLIER THIS YEAR.

THE PROPRIETOR OF THE COMPANY WAS SUBSEQUENTLY PROSECUTED AND WAS FINED $3,000 BY A TSUEN WAN MAGISTRATE.

THE SPOKESMAN EXPLAINED THAT UNDER THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS (DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES) REGULATIONS. EVERY CONTAINER HOLDING A LISTED DANGEROUS SUBSTANCE HAD TO BE LABELLED IN THE FORM PRESCRIBED BY THE SECOND SCHEDULE OF THE REGULATIONS.

THE REGULATIONS, WHICH CAME INTO EFFECT IN DECEMBER LAST YEAR, PROVIDED FOR THE CLASSIFICATION, LABELLING, SAFE USE AND SAFE HANDLING OF 231 CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES COMMONLY USED IN INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG.

"THESE SUBSTANCES ARE CLASSIFIED ACCORDING TO SEVEN TYPES OF BASIC RISK, NAMELY TOXIC, CORROSIVE, FLAMMABLE, EXPLOSIVE, OXIDISING, IRRITANT AND HARMFUL," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

"IT IS THE DUTY OF THE PROPRIETOR TO SEE THAT THOSE DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES USED, HANDLED OR STORED IN HIS WORKPLACE ARE DULY CLASSIFIED AND LABELLED.

/"IN ADDITION, ........

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1989

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“IN ADDITION. HE IS ALSO REQUIRED TO PROVIDE WITH INFORMATION ON THE HAZARDS AND THE PRECAUTIONS HANDLING THOSE SUBSTANCES, ADEQUATE SAFETY TRAINING, PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AND EQUIPMENT." HE STRESSED.

HIS EMPLOYEES NECESSARY IN AND SUITABLE

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE PROVISIONS CONSTITUTES AN OFFENCE WHICH CARRIES MAXIMUM FINES RANGING FROM $20,000 TO $30,000.

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SLOGAN COMPETITION TO

LAUNCH ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN

* t ♦ t *

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE HAS ORGANISED A SLOGAN COMPETITION AS A PRELUDE TO A SERIES OF ROAD SAFETY ACTIVITIES TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH.

GO-ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE COMPETITION AIMS AT AROUSING PEOPLE’S AWARENESS OF ROAD SAFETY.

THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO FOUR SECTIONS - ONE FOR PRIMARY STUDENTS, ONE FOR SECONDARY AND POST-SECONDARY STUDENTS, ONE FOR DRIVERS, AND ONE FOR OTHER MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

ALL THOSE WHO LIVE, STUDY OR WORK IN THE DISTRICT ARE WELCOME TO ENTER THE COMPETITION, AND THERE IS NO LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES EACH PERSON MAY SUBMIT.

EACH ENTRY, WHICH MUST CONSIST OF NO MORE THAN 20 CHINESE CHARACTERS. SHOULD SERVE TO ALERT DRIVERS OR PEDESTRIANS TO THE CAUSES OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS AND DRAW THEIR ATTENTION TO HIGHWAY CODES.

STATISTICS SHOW THAT THE MOST COMMON CAUSES OF TRAFFIC ACCIDENTS ARE SPEEDING, FOLLOWING OTHER VEHICLES TOO CLOSELY, CHANGING LANES AND MAKING TURNS RECKLESSLY.

ANOTHER CAUSE IS PEDESTRIANS NEGLECTING ADVICE GIVEN IN HIGHWAY CODES WHEN CROSSING THE ROAD, ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY CROSS BY THREADING THEIR WAY BETWEEN VEHICLES.

ENTRY FORMS FOR THE COMPETITION ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

ALL ENTRIES, TOGETHER WITH A COMPLETED ENTRY FORM, MUST REACH THE COMMITTEE THROUGH THE DISTRICT OFFICE’S ABERDEEN SUB-OFFICE, 23RD FLOOR, ABBA COMMERCIAL BUILDING, 223 ABERDEEN MAIN ROAD, ABERDEEN, BEFORE 5.30 PM ON OCTOBER 2.

/WINNERS OF .......

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 19$9

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WINNERS OF THE OMPET1TION WILL RECEIVE PRIZES AT A ROAD SAFETY VARIETY SHOW, WHPH IS SCHEDULED TO BE HEU' ON OCTOBER 22 AT WAH FU ESTATE AS THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE DISTRICT’S ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN.

ANOTHER CAMPAIGN ACTIVITY IS A PUBLIC UP DRIVE WHICH WILL INCLUDE A PUBLICITY BUS PARADE TO DIFFERENT AREAS AND THE DISTRIBUTION OF LEAFLETS AT TRAFFIC BLA( KSPOTS.

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VARIETY SHOW TO SPREAD FIGHT CRIME MESSAGE ♦ * t * ♦

THE MONG KOk DISTRICT I I GUT CRIME COMMITTEE WILL HOLD A VARIETY SHOW TOMORROW (SATURDAY) TO HELP SPREAD THE ANT I-BURGLARY MESSAGE.

THE SHOW WILL BE HELD AT THE ANCHOR STREET PLAYGROUND. TAI KOK TSUI. BEGINNING AT 7.30 PM.

THERE WILL ALSO BE AN EXHIBITION ON CRIME PREVENTION AND A LUCKY DRAW.

ADMISSION IS FREE.

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NEW TAI KOK TSUI POST OFFICE TO OPEN * ♦ ♦ r t

/A NEW TAI KOK I SUI POST OFFICE AT ANCHOR STRFFT Wil I BUSINESS ON MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 25. THE ----- STREET WILL (FRIDAY ) .

OPEN

POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED

FOR TODAY

THE NEW OFFICE STREET. TAI KOK TSUI.

IS LOCATED ON

AND WILL OPEN AT

THE GROUND FLOOR.

9 AM.

67 ANCHOR

"IT WILL REPLACE THE EXISTING TAI 39-41 TAI TSUN STREET. WHICH WILL CLOSE

SATURDAY. SEPTEMBER

23

KOK TSUI POST FOR BUSINESS A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AT

OFFICE

1 PM

AT ON

"THE HOURS UNCHANGED.”

OF BUSINESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER WILL REMAIN

ON SEPTEMBER 25. AT THE NEW TAI KOK TSUI

A SPECIAL HAND-BACK SERVICE WILL BE POST OFFICE.

AVAILABLE

"UNREGISTERED ’FIRST DAY’ COVERS PUBLIC. AND BEARING A LOCAL ADDRESS, COUNTER. IMPRESSED WITH THE NORMAL POST BACK TO THE PERSON PRESENTING THEM.” THE

PREPARED BY MEMBERS OF THE WILL BE ACCEPTED OVER THE OFFICE DATESTAMP AND HANDED SPOKESMAN SAID.

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FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 15. 1989

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PHOTO CONTEST TO PROMOTE TOURISM ON ISLANDS * » * ♦

ENTRIES ARE INVITED FOR A PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION ORGANISED BY THE ISI.XNDS DISTRICT BOARD TO PROMOTE TOURISM ON THE FOUR MAIN ISLANDS OF LANTAU. CHEUNG CHAU. PENG CHAU AND LAMMA.

WITH THE ASSISTANCE FROM THE CHEUNG CHAU PHOTOGRAPHY SOCIETY, THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD’S TOURISM DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE INITIATED THE COMPETITION TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO EXPLORE SCENIC SPOTS ON THE ATTRACTIVE ISLANDS.

THE DISTRICT WILL BE GEOGRAPHICALLY DIVIDED ACCORDING TO THE EIGHT RURAL COMMITTEE AREAS AND WINNING ENTRIES IN EACH DIVISION WILL BE AWARDED PRIZES AND SOUVENIRS.

ENTRIES SHOULD PORTRAY THE SCENERY. HISTORIC MONUMENTS, CONSTRUCTIONS AND DEVELOPMENTS ON THE ISLANDS AS WELL AS THE LIVELIHOOD OF THE ISLANDERS.

THE COMPETITION IS OPEN TO ALL RESIDENTS IN HONG KONG AND THERE IS NO LIMIT ON THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES. THE ENTRIES SHOULD BE COLOURED PHOTOGRAPHS 254 MM BY 203 MM IN SIZE AND WITHOUT FRAME.

THE WINNING ENTRIES WILL BE EXHIBITED TWICE LATER THIS YEAR AT SHUN TAK CENTRE, SHEUNG WAN AND AT NEW WORLD CENTRE, TSIM SHA TSUI TO AROUSE PEOPLE’S INTEREST IN VISITING. THE ISLANDS.

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS OCTOBER 31. ENTRY FORMS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT, 38 PIER ROAD. HARBOUR BUILDING. 20TH FLOOR, CENTRAL: THE COMMUNITY AFFAIRS OFFICES AT CHEUNG CHAU AND MUI WO: CHEUNG CHAU PHOTOGRAPHY SOCIETY OFFICE, 68 TAI SIN STREET. CHEUNG CHAU; AND VARIOUS DISTRICT OFFICES.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 5-8524325 OR 5-9811584.

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MODEL CAR RACING TO SPREAD ANTI-DRUG MESSAGE

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THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS IS ORGANISING A MODEL CAR RACING COMPETITION AS PART OF ITS EFFORTS TO AROUSE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE HARMFUL EFFECTS OF DRUG ABUSE.

THE COMPETITION WILL HAVE "THROUGH THE BARRICADES" AS ITS THEME AND WILL BE LAUNCHED AS PART OF THE "THE ROAD TO A HAPPY LIFE" ANTI-DRUG PROGRAMME THIS YEAR.

IT IS AIMED AT APPEALING TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN PARTICULAR. TO TAKE PART IN WHOLESOME ACTIVITIES.

/CO-ORGANISED BY .......

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1989

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CO-ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG RADIO CONTROL ASSOCIATION (HKRCMA). THE COMPETITION. INVOLVING RADIO-CONTROLLED, COMBUSTION-ENGINED MODEL CARS, WILL BE SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND IN WAN CHAI ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15.

MODEL CAR

1/8 SCALE

HELD AT THE

THE RACING WILL INCLUDE A PRELIMINARY SELECTION DURING WHICH FOUR GROUPS OF FINALISTS WILL BE SHORTLISTED TO VIE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP ON THE SAME DAY. WINNERS WILL BE AWARDED PRIZES.

ENTRY DIVISION OF

FORMS AND DETAILS ARE NOW

OBTAINABLE AT THE NARCOTICS

THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT

ON 23RD FLOOR. QUEENSWAY

GOVERNMENT OFFICES. CENTRAL. HONG KONG OR

AT THE HKRCMA

ON THE GROUND

FLOOR, 252 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI.

ENTRIES MUST BE RETURNED EITHER IN PERSON OR

BY MAIL TO THE

NARCOTICS DIVISION.

ALL ENTRANTS WILL BE GIVEN A SOUVENIR.

INTERESTED PARTIES MAY TELEPHONE 5-8672766 OR 5-750858 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING ENTRIES IS TUESDAY. OCTOBER 3.

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RTHK VHF TRANSMITTERS CLOSING FOR FOUR HOURS

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THE TWO VHF TRANSMITTERS OF RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG (RTHK) WILL BE SWITCHED OFF BETWEEN 2 AM AND 6 AM DAILY FROM MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 18).

FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS, ALL FM PROGRAMMES WILL BE OFF THE AIR DURING THE FOUR-HOUR PERIOD.

THE SWITCHING OFF WILL FACILITATE WORK ON INTRODUCING THE NEW WAVE-LENGTHS WHICH WILL COME INTO OPERATION IN DECEMBER, A SPOKESMAN FOR RTHK SAID.

FULL DETAILS ON THE NEW WAVE-LENGTHS WILL BE RELEASED CLOSER TO THE TIME OF OPERATION.

IN THE MEANTIME. THE RADIO 1 AND RADIO 2 JOINT BROADCAST WILL BE ON AM 783. AND RADIOS 3 AND 4 ON AM 567 ONLY BETWEEN 2 AM AND 6 AM.

"LISTENERS WHO HAVE BEEN ENJOYING THE WORLD SERVICE OF THE BBC ON RADIO 5 AT THIS TIME WILL HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL THE NEW YEAR FOR A COMPLETE SERVICE WHEN RADIO 6 WILL CARRY THE WORLD SERVICE BROADCAST," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

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ROAD CLOSURES IN WONG TAI SIN t * * t ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT IN ORDER TO FACILITATE CROWD CONTROL IN THE AREA OF WONG TAI SIN TEMPLE, ROADS WILL BE CLOSED FROM 6.30 AM TO 6 PM DAILY ON SEPTEMBER 17. 21 AND 22. EXCEPT FOR PUBLIC LIGHT BUS (SCHEDULED) SERVICES AND THOSE WITH PERMITS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT.

THESE ROADS ARE:

* SHAT IN PASS ROAD BETWEEN LUNG CHEUNG ROAD AND FUNG TAK ROAD; AND

* THE UNNAMED ACCESS ROAD BETWEEN WONG TAI SIN TEMPLE AND WONG TAI SIN ROAD.

IN ADDITION. THE TAXI STAND ON SHATTN PASS ROAD BETWEEN LUNG CHEUNG ROAD AND FUNG TAK ROAD WILL BE TEMPORARY SUSPENDED.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

ECONOMIC GROWTH A KEY FACTOR: SES .......................... 1

NEW MARKETING SERVICE FOR SMALL BOAT FISHERMEN.............. 3

DB MEMBERS VISIT CONSERVATION STUDY CENTRE ................. 4

ANTI-BURGLARY VARIETY SHOW IN MONG KOK...................... 5

CIVIC EDUCATION CONTESTS IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT............... 5

SITTING-OUT AREA IN WESTERN DISTRICT........................ 6

ROAD CLOSURE IN SHA TAU KOK................................. 7

FARE INCREASES ON NT GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES .................. 7

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KENNEDY TOWN ............. 7

SATURDAY. SEPTEMBER 16, 1989

1

ECONOMIC GROWTH A KEY FACTOR: SES

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THE BEST GUARANTEE FOR HONG KONG’S FUTURE LIES IN TO GENERATE WEALTH, NOT ONLY FOR OURSELVES BUT FOR SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC: SERVICES, MRS ANSON CHAN, SAID.

OUR ABILITY

CHINA, THE

WHILE THE GOVERNMENT WAS COMMITTED TO KONG WOULD ALSO NEED THE HELP OF ITS TRADING FREE FLOW OF TRADE AND TO SUPPORT IT BOTH AT TUI' GOVERNMENT LEVEL IN Till EXERCISE OF THE AUTONOMY PROMISED TO HONG KONG AND ENSHRINED

DOING JUST THIS. HONG PARTNERS TO MAINTAIN A THE PRIVATE LEVEL AND AT

ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL IN THE JOINT DECLARATION,

SHE SAID.

MRS CHAN WAS SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE HONG KONG CANADA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION IN VANCOUVER YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) ON HONG KONG’S ROLE AS A REGIONAL CENTRE FOR TRANSPORTATION AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS.

"HONG KONG'S STRATEGIC LOCATION ON THE FAR EAST TRADE ROUTES CONTINUES TO BE OF GROWING IMPORTANCE IN THE CONTEXT OF THE FAST DEVELOPING ASIAN PACIFIC BASIN.

"LET US NOT FORGET: THIS IS WHERE THE COMMERCIAL ACTION IS. HONG KONG’S POSITION ON THE MAP ENABLES US TO PLAY AN EVER INCREASING ROLE BOTH IN DEVELOPING ACCESS TO CHINA AND AS A FOCAL POINT FOR SOUTHEAST ASIA." SHE SAID.

BRIEFING THE GATHERING ON HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC SITUATION AFTER THE JUNE -1 EVENTS IN CHINA, MRS CHAN SAID THAT CONFIDENCE WAS RETURNING IN HONG KONG AND WE HAD COME OUT OF THE CRISIS BETTER THAN MANY EXPECTED.

"FEEDBACK FROM VARIOUS SOURCES INDICATES THAT MOST OF THE REGULAR BUSINESS ACTIVITIES IN HONG KONG, INCLUDING THOSE INVOLVING CHINA, HAVE NOW RETURNED TO NORMAL.

"IT WOULD THEREFORE APPEAR THAT WE HAVE EMERGED FROM THIS DIFFICULT PERIOD RELATIVELY UNSCATHED ALTHOUGH IN SOME QUARTERS CONFIDENCE REMAINS SHAKEN," SHE SAID.

MRS CHAN NOTED THAT THE MAIN REASON FOR HONG KONG’S RESILIENCE HAD UNDOUBTEDLY BEEN THE UNDERLYING STRENGTH OF THE ECONOMY.

"OUR ECONOMIC FUNDAMENTALS REMAIN STRONG AND OUR PROSPECTS THEREFORE REMAIN GOOD." SHE ADDED.

"ECONOMIC GROWTH IS THE KEY TO OUR FUTURE PROSPERITY AND STABILITY.

"TO ACHIEVE THIS, IT IS VITAL THAT THE GOVERNMENT CONTINUES TO ENSURE THAT AN ADEQUATE INFRASTRUCTURE IS PROVIDED.

/"PORT, AIRPORT ........

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1989

"PORT. AIRPORT AND TELECOMMUNICATION FACILITIES PROVIDE THE ESSENTIAL LINKS FOR OUR TRADE, COMMERCE AND TOURISM AND WE ARE COMMITTED TO THEIR CONTINUOUS UPGRADING AND IMPROVEMENT," SHE SAID.

SPEAKING ABOUT THE PORT FACILITIES. MRS CHAN SAID THAT THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD SHORTLY BE IN A POSITION TO ANNOUNCE A MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.

WHILE DETAILS COULD NOT BE RELEASED YET, MRS CHAN ENVISAGED THAT Bl 2006 ALONE. IT WAS LIKELY THAT AN ADDITIONAL 420 HECTARES OF LAND WOULD BE REQUIRED FOR CONTAINER TERMINALS AND 370 HECTARES FOR GENERAL CARGO BERTHS.

" APITAL EXPENDITURE OF THE ORDER OF US$5 BILLION ON PORT INFRASTRUCTURE ALONI WILL BE REQUIRED, MUCH OF IT IN TERMS OF PRIVATE INVESTMENT." SHE SAID.

TURNING TO AIRPORT DEVELOPMENTS, MRS CHAN SAID A FINAL DECISION ON THE REPLACEMENT AIRPORT SITE WOULD BE MADE SHORTLY.

"THE REPLACEMENT AIRPORT PROJECT WOULD BE THE SINGLE LARGEST INFRASTRUCTURAL PROJECT EVER UNDERTAKEN IN HONG KONG, COSTING SOME US$4 BILLION IN 1988 DOLLAR TERMS," SHE SAID.

MRS CHAN POINTED OUT THAT CONSULTANTS' FINDINGS ON FINANCIAL VIABILITY OF THE TWO ALTERNATIVES AND THE APPROPRIATE FINANCING PACKAGE AND INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR IMPLEMENTING EACH ALTERNATIVE HAD SO FAR BEEN ENCOURAGING.

"WE EXPECT CONSIDERABLE SCOPE FOR PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION." SHE ADDED.

"WE HOPED THAT THIS DECISION WILL BE A CONFIDENCE BOOSTER SINCE IT IS A VERY CLEAR DEMONSTRATION OF GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO MEETING THE LONG TERM ECONOMIC AND AIR TRAFFIC NEEDS FOR HONG KONG,"

SHE SAID.

MRS CHAN ALSO DWELT AT LENGTH ON HONG KONG’S DEVELOPMENTS IN

TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES.

ON CANADA, SHE SAID "CANADA HAS BEEN A GOOD FRIEND OF HONG KONG’S". THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT WAS AMONG THE FIRST TO SIGN A SEPARATE AIR SERVICES AGREEMENT WITH HONG KONG, THUS ENSURING THAT THESE AIR SERVICES WOULD CONTINUE UNINTERRUPTED BEYOND 1997.

SHE ALSO NOTED THAT TRADE BETWEEN CANADA AND HONG KONG HAD GROWN STEADILY IN RECENT YEARS AND IT WAS NOW HONG KONG’S 13TH LARGEST TRADING PARTNER.

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NEW MARKETING SERVICE FOR SMALL BOAT FISHERMEN ♦ ♦ t ♦ *

THE FISH MARKETING ORGANISATION (FMO) WILL INTRODUCE A NEW SERVICE OF NEGOTIATED SALE FOR FISH IN BOXES IN ITS ABERDEEN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET ON SEPTEMBER 25.

THE NEW SERVICE WILL CATER FOR SMALL BOAT FISHERMEN AND PROVIDE THEM WITH AN EFFICIENT AND CONVENIENT WAY TO WHOLESALE THEIR CATCHES WITHIN THE FRAMEWORK OF THE MARINE FISH (MARKETING) ORDINANCE WHICH REQUIRES ALL MARINE FISH TO BE LANDED AND SOLD WHOLESALE AT A FMO MARKET.

A FMO SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT THE NEW SERVICE WOULD SERVE AS A COMPLEMENTARY MEASURE TO THE AUCTION SYSTEM FOR THE SALE OF BOXED FISH WHICH HAD BEEN IN FORCE SINCE AUGUST 1 THIS YEAR.

THE AUCTION SYSTEM, WHICH IS IN LINE WITH THE PRACTICE OF FISH SALE AT THE AUCTION FLOOR IN ALL FMO MARKETS, IS DESIGNED TO ENSURE FAIR MARKETING AND TO PREVENT MONOPOLISTIC MANIPULATION OF FISH CATCHES BY TRIAD ELEMENTS.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID: "TO QUALIFY FOR THE NEW SERVICE, SMALL BOAT FISHERMEN SHOULD REGISTER WITH THE FMO ABERDEEN WHOLESALE FISH MARKET BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 18 AND 23.

"THEY SHOULD BRING ALONG WITH THEM THE ORIGINALS AND THREE PHOTOCOPIES EACH OF THEIR FISHING VESSEL LICENCES AND CREW BOOKS.

"THOSE WHO ARE UNABLE TO AVAIL THEMSELVES DURING THE SPECIFIED PERIOD MAY MAKE ALTERNATIVE REGISTRATION ARRANGEMENTS WITH THE MARKET MANAGER OF THE ABERDEEN FISH MARKET."

HE SAID THE NEW SERVICE WAS DECIDED UPON FOLLOWING THREE MEETINGS HELD LAST MONTH AND EARLIER THIS MONTH WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SMALL BOAT FISHERMEN IN THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT WHO WERE PREVIOUSLY UNHAPPY WITH THE REQUIREMENT FOR THE SALE OF BOXED FISH BY AUCTION.

THESE MEETINGS WERE ALSO ATTENDED BY SENIOR STAFF OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND MEMBERS OF THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD WHO WERE ALL IN FAVOUR OF THE NEW SERVICE.

THE OPERATING HOURS OF THE NEW SERVICE WILL BE FROM 4 AM TO 8 AM AND FROM 11 AM TO 3 PM DAILY. THIS ARRANGEMENT WILL BE SUBJECT TO REGULAR REVIEW.

EXPLAINING THE OPERATION OF THE NEW SERVICE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT IT WOULD TAKE PLACE AT A DESIGNATED AREA INSIDE THE ABERDEEN FISH MARKET ENVIRONS WHICH HAD BEEN EARMARKED FOR USE OF SMALL BOAT FISHERMEN.

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•'THE SALE BY NEGOTIATION WILL BE CONDUCTED UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF FMO STAFF AND THE PRICES AGREED BETWEEN THE FISHERMEN AND THE BUYERS SHOULD BE IN LINE WITH THE AVERAGE WHOLESALE PRICES ANNOUNCED BY THE FMO TWICE MONTHLY,” HE ADDED.

THE FISH MARKETING ADVISORY BOARD HAS ALSO GIVEN ITS FULL SUPPORT TO THE NEW SERVICE.

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DB MEMBERS VISIT CONSERVATION STUDY CENTRE ♦ * * * ♦

MEMBERS OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD TODAY (SATURDAY) VISITED THE HONG KONG WORLD WIDE FUND FOR NATURE’S CONSERVATION STUDY CENTRE AT YUEN CHAU TSAI TO GAIN A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF NATURAL LIFE ECOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION.

ON ARRIVAL AT THE CENTRE, THE MEMBERS WERE SHOWN A SLIDE SHOW DESCRIBING THE WORLD-WIDE PROBLEMS IN NATURE’S CONSERVATION. 1 HEY THEN TOURED THE CENTRE AND WALKED ALONG THE EDUCATIONAL TRAIL.

THEY ALSO VISITED THE EXHIBITION HALL WHERE PHOTOGRAPHS DEPICTING THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEMS FACING HONG KONG WERE DISPLAYED.

THE CONVENOR OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S WORKING GROUP ON WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY (WED) 1989, MR HO TAI-WAI. SAID HE WAS VERY IMPRESSED BY WHAT HE SAW.

TODAY’S VISIT CONCLUDED THE FOUR-MONTH WED CAMPAIGN ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE. THE CAMPAIGN IS AIMED AT DRAWING PUBLIC ATTENTION TO CONSERVATION.

THE CAMPAIGN PROGRAMME INCLUDED TREE PLANTING, AS WELL AS CLEAN UP AND BEAUTIFICATION ACTIVITIES FOR BOI HA BEACH AND TAI MEI TUK PICNIC CENTRE HELD DURING THE SUMMER VACATION.

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ANTI-BURGLARY VARIETY SHOR IN MONG KOK * * ♦ * *

EVERY HOUSEHOLD SHOULD DEVELOP A NEIGHBOURLY SPIRIT TO HELP SAFEGUARD HOMES AGAINST BURGLARY. A MEMBER OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT FIGHT CRIME COMMITTEE SAID TONIGHT (SATURDAY).

SPEAKING AT A VARIETY SHOW. THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ANTI-BURGLARY WORKING GROUP. MR CHIU WING-YEE. URGED MONG KOK RESIDENTS TO REPORT TO THE POLICE PEOPLE SEEN ACTING SUSPICIOUSLY AND TO TAKE BASK. ANTI-BURGLARY PRECAUTIONS.

THE VARIETY SHOW. HELD AT THE ANCHOR STREET PLAYGROUND, AIMED AT SPREADING AN ANTI-BURGLARY MESSAGE.

MR CHIU BELIEVED THAT THE NUMBER OF BURGLARY CASES WOULD DROP IF MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WERE PREPARED TO CO-OPERATE.

"IT IS THE DUTY OF THE POLICE TO MAINTAIN LAW AND ORDER AND TO PROTECT OUR LIVES AND PROPERTIES. BUT WE SHOULD ALSO ASSISI IN FIGHTING CRIME," HE SAID.

HE ALSO NOTED THAT BURGLARIES OFTEN TOOK PLACE DURING THE DAYTIME WHEN HOUSES WERE LEFT UNGUARDED AND DOORS AND WINDOWS WERE NOT LOCKED PROPERLY.

THE MONG KOK DISTRICT OFFICER. MRS LORNA MA. AND THE CHAIRMAN OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BORAD. MR CHOW CHUN-FAI, ALSO OFFICIATED AT THE VARIETY SHOW.

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CIVIC EDUCATION CONTESTS IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT * * * * *

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION IS ORGANISING TWO COMPETITIONS TO ENHANCE LOCAL PEOPLE’S CIVIC AWARENESS.

ONE IS A DISTRICT AFFAIRS STUDY CONTEST AIMED AT ENCOURAGING RESIDENTS TO GET TO KNOW THEIR OWN COMMUNITY AND THE OTHER IS A CARTOON CONTEST WITH GENERAL CIVIC EDUCATION AS THE THEME.

PARTICIPANTS IN THE "SOUTHERN DISTRICT IN PERSPECTIVE" CASE STUDY CONTEST ARE REQUIRED TO CARRY OUT IN-DEPTH RESEARCH ON A LOCAL ISSUE AND THEN PRESENT THEIR FINDINGS WITH A SLIDE SHOW AT A SYMPOSIUM FOR. RESIDENTS IN NOVEMBER.

ALL THOSE LIVING, STUDYING OR WORKING IN THE DISTRICT ARE WELCOME TO FORM FIVE-PERSON TEAMS TO ENTER THE CONTEST.

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AFTER PRELIMINARY SCREENING OF ENTRIES BY AN ADJUDICATING PANEL OF THE COMMITTEE, A TOTAL OF 10 TEAMS WILL BE SELECTED TO TAKE PART IN THE CONTEST, AND EACH WILL BE GIVEN A GRANT OF $500 TO CARRY OUT THEIR PROJECT.

THE DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES IS SEPTEMBER 30.

FOR THE CARTOON CONTEST. ENTRANTS ARE REQUIRED TO PRESENT A CIVIC EDUCATION MESSAGE, FOR EXAMPLE ON ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, SOCIAL VIRTUES OR CIVIC RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS, WITH A DRAWING ON THE BACK OF THE ENTRY FORM.

THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO THREE SECTIONS -- PRIMARY STUDENTS. SECONDARY STUDENTS AND OPEN. THERE IS NO LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES FROM EACH CONTESTANT.

SCHOOLS ARE ENCOURAGED ’1'0 ARRANGE FOR THEIR STUDENTS TO DRAW THE CARTOON DUR. I.NG CLASSES AS A CIVIC EDUCATION LESSON.

THE DEADLINE FOK THE CARTOON ENTRIES HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 30.

ENTRY FORMS AND DETAILS OF THE TWO CONTESTS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE BY’ TELEPHONING MISS TERESA LEUNG ON 5-521006.

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SITTING-OUT AREA IN WESTERN DISTRICT

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING CONSTRUCTING ASITTISG-OUT AREA AT THE WHITTY STREET WESTERN DISTRICT.

COMPRISING ABOUT 436 SQUARE METRES IN AREA, GOMIKlbim AREA AN0 A SINGLE_ST0REY

TENDERS FOR

COMPOUND IN

SITTING-OUT STORE ROOM.

AREA WILL HAVE A CHILDREN’S PLAY

WORK IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN AUGUST NEXT YEAR.

IN DECEMBER AND

BE COMPLETED IN

INVITED FOR THE

TENDERS ARE ALSO BEING TK1

FOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT AT THE ALDRICH BAY PLAYGROUND IN

INSTALLATION OF SHAU KEI WAN.

WORK WILL START AROUND NOVEMBER AND WILL TAKE ABOUT NINE MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE DEADLINES FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS FOR THE TWO PROJECTS ARE OCTOBER 6 AND SEPTEMBER 22 RESPECTIVELY.

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ROAD CLOSURE IN SHA TAU KOK ♦ ♦ * ♦ *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT IN ORDER TO FACILITATE ROAD CONSTRUCTION WORKS. SHUN HING STREET IN SHA TAU KOK WILL BE CLOSED FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 18) FOR SIX MONTHS.

DURING THE CLOSURE. TRAFFIC HEADING FOR CHE PING STREET AND LIN MA HANG ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THE NEW SECTION OF ROAD LI EAST OF ROAD L4 INSTEAD OF VIA ROAD L4. SHUN LUNG STREET AND SHUN HING STREET.

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THE (SEPTEMBER

FARE INCREASES ON NT GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES

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TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM MONDAY 18). FARES OF NEW TERRITORIES GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE NO. 31 TO TONG YAN SAN TSUEN) AND ROUTE NO. 32 (YUEN LONG TO TAN

KWEI TSUEN) WILL BE REVISED.

THE FULL FARE OF ROUTE NO. 31 WILL BE INCREASED TO S1.60 PER SINGLE JOURNEY. WHILE THE FULL FARE OF ROUTE NO. 32 WILL BE INCREASED TO $2 PER SINGLE JOURNEY AND ITS SECTION FARE TO 81.30.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KENNEDY TOWN ♦ » » ♦ ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT TRACK RENEWAL WORKS. TEMPORARY

ANNOUNCES

TRAFFIC

THAT TO FACILITATE

ARRANGEMENTS

IMPLEMENTED IN KENNEDY TOWN ABOUT TWO MONTHS.

FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY

(SEPTEMBER

WILL

18)

TRAM

BE FOR

DAVIS STREET BETWEEN BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

HAU WO STREET AND BELCHER'S STREET

WILL

STREET WESTBOUND HEADING FOR BELCHER’S

VEHICLES ON CATCHICK

STREET WESTBOUND WILL BE DIVERTED VIA SANDS STREET.

DAVIS STREET BETWEEN BELCHER'S STREET AND BE RE-ROUTED FROM TWO-WAY TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

ALLAVEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES WILL ENTER BELCHER’S STREET EASTBOUND BETWEEN CADOGAN

STREET.

FORBES STREET WILL

NOT BE

STREET

ALLOWED TO

AND DAVIS

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VEHICLES OVER 3.5 METRES HIGH OR OVER 10 METRES LONG WILL BE BANNED FROM THE SECTION OF HAU WO STREET BETWEEN SMITHFIELD AND DAVIS STREET.

THE SIGNAL-CONTROLLED PEDESTRIAN CROSSING ON VICTORIA ROAD WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH CADOGAN STREET WILL BE SUSPENDED.

AT THE SAME TIME. THE EXISTING LEFT-TURN BAN ON VEHICLES EXITING FROM CADOGAN STREET NORTHBOUND ONTO VICTORIA ROAD WESTBOUND WILL BE LIFTED.

ALL METERED PARKING SPACES ON THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE OF HAU WO STREET WILL BE SUSPENDED.

IN ADDITION, THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE DESIGNATED 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY URBAN CLEARWAYS :

t THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF SMITHFIELD BETWEEN CATCHICK STREET AND BELCHER’S STREET:

* THE EASTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF DAVIS STREET BETWEEN HAU WO STREET AND CATCHICK STREET:

* THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF HAU WO STREET BETWEEN

SMITHFIELD AND DAVIS STREET: AND

* FORBES STREET BETWEEN SMITHFIELD AND CADOGAN STREET.

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

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MINISTER OF STATE ARRIVES FOR THREE-DAY VISIT .............. 1

MEASURES TO ENHANCE THE QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF EDUCATION .. 2

WEEKS TAKES OVER AS COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS ............. 5

CELEBRATION OF WORLD MARITIME DAY THIS WEEK................. 4

JULY ORDERS-ON-HAND', EMPLOYMENT AND PAYROLL FIGURES RELEASED 4

LABOUR RELATIONS CONFERENCE TO EXPLORE NEW CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES .............................................. 9

REPORT ON SHAM SHUT PO DB'rt WORK .......................... 10

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS DRAFT ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME .. 11

WONG TAI SIN DB TO DISCUSS POLITICAL REFORMS ............... 12

BUS ROUTES, TAXI MALPRACTICE ON AGENDA ..................... 12

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS . 1?

APPLICATION FORMS FOR PRIMARY ONE PLACES ................... 14

STUDENTS INVITED TO JOIN INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TRAINING SCHEME 15

LANE CLOSURE IN KOWLOON CITY................................ 16

ROAD CLOSURE IN YAU MA TEI ................................. 16

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1989

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MINISTER OF STATE ARRIVES FOR THREE-DAY VISIT

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THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS. MR FRANCIS MAUDE, ARRIVED TODAY (SUNDAY) FOR A THREE-DAY OFFICIAL VISIT TO HONG KONG.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS NEARLY A YEAR SINCE HE FIRST

AT THE AIRPORT, MR MAUDE SAID IT HAD BEEN

VISITED HONG KONG.

"THAT WAS IN HAPPIER TIMES THAN THESE AND I HAVE THE HAPPIEST MEMORIES OF IT. IT LEFT Mi WITH A DEEP AFFECTION FOR THE TERRITORY AND WITH A PROFOUND ADMIRATION FOR ITS PEOPLE WHOSE ENERGY, TALENTS AND INGENUITY HAVE MADE HONG KONG A BY-WORD FOR SUCCESS," HE SAID.

MR MAUDE SAID SINCE BEING ENTRUSTED WITH MINISTERIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR HONG KONG IN LATE JULY, HE HAD READ WIDELY ABOUT THE TERRITORY AND HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO MEET AND TALK TO MANY VISITORS FROM HONG KONG, INCLUDING THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON. AND DAME LYDIA DUNN.

"I KNOW THAT HONG KONG AWAITS DECISIONS BY US. I MUST MAKE IT CLEAR THAT THIS WEEK I HAVE NONE TO ANNOUNCE," HE SAID.

"MY TASK HERE IS TO HEAR WHAT HONG KONG HAS TO SAV, TO SEE WHAT IS HAPPENING AND I HOPE TO UNDERSTAND THE ISSUES AND PROBLEMS BETTER," HE ADDED.

"ONE HUNDRED DAYS AGO, TIANANMEN SQUARE SHOCKED THE WORLD AND FOR HONG KONG THE NIGHTMARE SEEMED TO BE HAPPENING.

"THAT HONG KONG’S CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE WAS GRAVELY DAMAGED IS A HISTORICAL FACT.

"ONLY TIME AND PATIENCE CAN FULLY RESTORE IT, BUT THERE ARE NONETHELESS THINGS THAT CAN BE DONE. STEPS THAT CAN BE TAKEN BY HER MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT, BY HONG KONG ITSELF. BUT ABOVE ALL BY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT," MR MAUDE SAID.

"DISCUSSIONS WITH PEKING RESUME NEXT WEEK. WE SHALL NOT CONDUCT THOSE DISCUSSIONS IN PUBLIC, BUT HONG KONG SHOULD KNOW THAT ITS INTERESTS WILL BE PUT FORWARD ROBUSTLY IN PRIVATE," HE SAID.

THE MINISTER WAS GREETED AT THE AIRPORT BY THE GOVERNOR. SIR DAVID WILSON; THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, AND THE SENIOR BRITISH TRADE COMMISSIONER, MR PETER HEAP.

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MEASURES TO ENHANCE THE QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF EDUCATION * * * * *

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IS SET TO FURTHER ENHANCE THE QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF EDUCATION AND TO PROVIDE MORE NEW SCHOOLS FOR STUDENTS TO ACHIEVE A BETTER EDUCATION SYSTEM, THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION, MR Y.T. LI. SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

ADDRESSING A GATHERING AT THE CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL AT CAINE ROAD, MR LI SAID STARTING THIS SCHOOL YEAR. GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SECONDARY SCHOOLS WITH 18 CLASSES OR MORE WERE NOW PROVIDED WITH AN ADDITIONAL GRADUATE TEACHER OF CHINESE IN ORDER TO ASSIST SCHOOLS TO IMPROVE THE TEACHING OF CHINESE LANGUAGE.

IT WAS ENVISAGED THAT THE QUALITY OF CHINESE LANGUAGE TEACHING

WOULD BE IMPROVED. MR LI SAID.

TURNING TO THE EXPATRIATE ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS (EELT) PILOT SCHEME, MR Li SAID A TWO-YEAR MODIFIED EELT SCHEME WAS LAUNCHED IN ORDER TO MAINTAIN CONTINUITY WHILE THE PILOT SCHEME WAS BEING EVALUATED TO SEE WHETHER IT WOULD BE IMPLEMENTED IN FULL SCALE TO IMPROVE THE STANDARD OF ENGLISH IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS.

ON THE OTHER HAND. MR LI SAID MORE LOCAL TEACHERS OF ENGLISH WOULD BE SENT TO BRITAIN UNDER THE "TOTAL IMMERSION" LANGUAGE TRAINING COURSE TO FURTHER DEVELOP THEIR TEACHING SRlLLS.

IN ADDITION, AN IN-SERVICE TEACHER TRAINING COURSE ON ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY WAS CONDUCTED FOR LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS STARTING THIS ACADEMIC YEAR TO IMPROVE THEIR PROFICIENCY IN ENGLISH TEACHING.

ON THE RETRAINING COURSES FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL TEACHERS, MR LI SAID A NEW FIVE-WEEK SCHOOL-FOCUSED DISTANCE LEARNING PROGRAMME WOULD BE INTRODUCED TO REPLACE THE PREVIOUS EIGHT-WEEK COURSE TO ENABLE MORE TEACHERS TO TAKE PART.

APART FROM ATTENDING LECTURES IN A COLLEGE OF EDUCATION, COURSE PARTICIPANTS WOULD ONLY BE REQUIRED TO VIEW INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO TAPES AND TO LISTEN TO CASSETTE TAPES.

TO STIMULATE THE INTEREST OF STUDENTS IN THE STUDY OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE, MR LI SAID A SCHOOL ENGLISH DRAMA PROJECT WOULD BE ORGANISED TO ENCOURAGE SECONDARY STUDENTS TO MAKE WIDER USE OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM.

FURTHERMORE, AN AWARD SCHEME FOR THE MOST IMPROVED STUDENTS IN SECONDARY SCHOOLS WOULD BE LAUNCHED TO ENCOURAGE JUNIOR SECONDARY STUDENTS TO DEVELOP FULLY THEIR INDIVIDUAL POTENTIAL.

TURNING TO SCHOOL BUILDINGS, MR LI SAID CONSTRUCTION OF 16 NEW SECONDARY SCHOOLS AND NINE PRIMARY SCHOOLS WAS COMPLETED TO TAKE IN STUDENTS EARLY THIS MONTH TO MEET THE INCREASING DEMAND FOR SCHOOL PLACES.

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TO KEEP PACE WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMMUNITY. MR LI SAID CONSTRUCTION OF THE FIRST BATCH OF ’’FLEXI DESIGN” PRIMARY SCHOOL BUILDINGS WOULD BE COMPLETED IN 1990-91. THE NEW DESIGN WOULD PERMIT EASY CONVERSION INTO A SECONDARY SCHOOL LATER IF NECESSARY. HE SAID.

ON THE OPERATION OF WHOLE-DAY PRIMARY SCHOOLS. MR LI SAID HIS DEPARTMENT WAS ACTIVELY CONSIDERING THE FEASIBILITY OF THE CONVERSION INTO UNISESSIONAL SCHOOLS BY STAGES PROVIDED RESOURCES WERE AVAILABLE.

MR LI CALLED ON EDUCATORS AND STUDENTS TO SUPPORT AND TAKE PART ACTIVELY IN VARIOUS PROGRAMMES TO HELP ACHIEVE THE EDUCATIONAL GOAL.

SPECIAL CHURCH SERVICES TO MARK THIS YEAR'S "EDUCATION SUNDAY" WERE ALSO HELD AT ST JOHN’S CATHEDRAL, ST TERESA’S CHURCH AND THE HOLY TRINITY CHURCH.

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WEEKS TAKES OVER AS COMMISSIONER FOR NARCOTICS ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (SUNDAY) WILL TAKE OVER FROM MR GARETH MULLOY AS NARCOTICS FROM TOMORROW (MONDAY).

THAT MR DAVID WEEKS THE COMMISSIONER FOR

AGED 46. MR WEEKS JOINED THE CIVIL SERVICE AS A POLICE INSPECTOR IN 1963 AND WAS APPOINTED TO THE ADMINISTRATIVE GRADE IN 1971 .

HE HAS HELD VARIOUS POSTS IN THE FORMER RESETTLEMENT DEPARTMENT. THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, SECURITY BRANCH, RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG AND THE HOUSING BRANCH.

MORE RECENTLY HE HAS SERVED AS AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR WITH THE FORMER NEW TERRITORIES SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, AND AS AN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR AND DEPUTY DIRECTOR WITH THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

MR WEEKS WAS PROMOTED TO HIS PRESENT RANK OF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER STAFF GRADE C LN APRIL 1981 AND HAS BEEN ACTING STAFF GRADE B SINCE MAY 1986.

AFTER SERVING THE CIVIL SERVICE IN THE UK AND IN HONG KONG FOR 33 YEARS. MR MULLOY WILL PROCEED ON PRE-RETIREMENT LEAVE IN EARLY OCTOBER.

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CELEBRATION OF WORLD MARITIME DAY THIS WEEK

THE INTERNATIONAL MARITIME ORGANISATION !1MO) HAS ANNOUNCED THAT THE CELEBRATION OF WORLD MARITIME DAY IN 1989 IS TO TAKE PLACE DURING THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 18 TO 22.

THE THEME FOR THIS YEAR’S WORLD MARITIME DAY IS "IMO - THE FIRST 30 YEARS".

IN A MESSAGE TO ALL MEMBER STATES THE IMO SAID WHILST SHIPPING IS VITAL FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND INDEED FOR THE PROSPERITY OF NATIONS, IT IS AT THE SAME TIME A PERILOUS UNDERTAKING.

IT HAS THEREFORE BEEN A MAJOR DESIRE OF THE MARITIME COMMUNITY TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY STEPS TO ELIMINATE OR REDUCE THE DANGERS AND TO MAKE THE MOVEMENT OF SHIPS SAFER.

SAFETY RESTS VERY LARGELY WITH THE CREWS OF SHIPS.

DURING THE LAST 30 YEARS, IMO HAS COME TO BE REGARDED AS ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE AND VALUED INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS AND A DYNAMIC SPECIALISED AGENCY OF THE UNITED NATIONS SYSTEM.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MARINE DEPARTMENT SAID THAT HONG KONG, AS AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER OF IMO, HAS ALWAYS TAKEN AN ACTIVE PART IN IMPLEMENTING AND ENFORCING THE TECHNICAL STANDARDS AND. MEASURES DEVELOPED BY THE ORGANISATION.

"THE ORGANISATION'S AVOWED OBJECTIVES OF SAFER SHIPPING AND CLEANER OCEANS CANNOT BI OVER-EMPHASISED," THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

"HOWEVER, THIS WOULD REQUIRE THE CONCERTED EFFORTS OF ALL CONNECTED WITH THE INDUSTRY BOTH WITHIN HONG KONG AND WORLDWIDE IF THESE OBJECTIVES WERE TO BE ACHIEVED."

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THE ORDERS POSITION IN JULY 1989 AS REPORTED BY THE 200 LARGEST MANUFACTURING COMPANIES SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH JUNE 1989, BUT INCREASED BY 1 PER CENT WHEN COMPARED WITH JULY 1988, ACCORDING TO THE RESULTS OF A SURVEY RELEASED TODAY (SUNDAY) BY THE CENSUS ANU STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

COMPARED WITH JUNE 1989, THE AVERAGE VOLUME OF ORDERS-ON-HAND IN JULY 1989 INCREASED SLIGHTLY LN THE TEXTILES AND WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRIES. HOWEVER, SLIGHT DECREASES IN ORDERS WERE RECORDED IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES.

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THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY REPORTED LITTLE CHANGE IN ORDERS OVER THE SAME PERIOD.

COMPARING JULY 1989 WITH JULY 1988. THE ORDERS POSITION IMPROVED MODERATELY IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS, TEXTILES AND FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES. AND SLIGHTLY IN THE WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRY.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, ORDERS IN THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY REMAINED ALMOST UNCHANGED.

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 JULY 1989 INCREASED BY 1 PER CENT OVER JUNE 1989, BUT WAS 10 PER CENT LOWER WHEN COMPARED WITH JULY 1988.

COMPARED WITH JUNE 1989, EMPLOYMENT IN JULY 1989 INCREASED MODERATELY IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY AND SLIGHTLY IN MOST OTHER INDUSTRIES SURVEYED. EXCEPT FOR THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS INDUSTRY WHICH REPORTED LITTLE CHANGE IN EMPLOYMENT.

THE INCREASES IN SOME INDUSTRIES WERE MAINLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE EMPLOYMENT OF MORE SUMMER WORKERS IN. JULY 1989.

COMPARING JULY 1989 WITH JULY 1988, EMPLOYMENT DECREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY AND SIGNIFICANTLY IN THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS AND WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRIES.

SLIGHT DECREASES IN EMPLOYMENT WERE RECORDED IN THE FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS AND THE FOOD AND DRINKS INDUSTRIES. WHILE EMPLOYMENT IN THE TEXTILES INDUSTRY SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE OVER THE SAME PERIOD.

IN JULY 1989, PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN THE MANUFACTURING COMPANIES SURVEYED INCREASED, IN MONEY TERMS, BY 1 PER CENT OVER JUNE 1989 AND BY 17 PER CENT OVER JULY 1988.

COMPARED WITH JUNE 1989, PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN JULY 1989 INCREASED MODERATELY IN THE FOOD AND DRINKS, FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS AND PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRIES, AND SLIGHTLY IN THE WEARING APPAREL INDUSTRY. THESE INCREASES WERE MAINLY BROUGHT ABOUT BY SALARY REVISION IN SOME COMPANIES SURVEYED.

ON THE OTHER HAND, PER CAPITA EARNINGS DECREASED SLIGHTLY IN THE ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY, WHILE THAT IN THE TEXTILES INDUSTRY SHOWED LITTLE CHANGE.

COMPARING JULY 1989 WITH JULY 1988, PER CAPITA EARNINGS INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN MOST MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES SURVEYED, WITH THE LARGEST INCREASE RECORDED IN THE PLASTIC PRODUCTS INDUSTRY.

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IN THE CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES SURVEYED, EMPLOYMENT IN JULY 1989 WAS ABOUT THE SAME AS IN JUNE 1989. PER CAPITA EARNINGS IN JULY 1989 INCREASED MODERATELY OVER JUNE 1989 DUE TO SALARY REVISION IN SOME COMPANIES SURVEYED. COMPARING JULY 1989 WITH JULY 1988, EMPLOYMENT DROPPED SLIGHTLY WHILE PER CAPITA EARNINGS INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY.

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 JULY 1989 IN THE COMPANIES SURVEYED INCREASED SLIGHTLY OVER JUNE 1989 AND MODERATELY OVER JULY 1988. IN JULY 1989, PER CAPITA EARNINGS FOR THE SERVICE SECTORS TAKEN TOGETHER INCREASED SLIGHTLY WHEN COMPARED WITH JUNE 1989.

COMPARING JULY 1989 WITH JULY 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 TN THE SHORT TERM.

THE SURVEY REPORT FOR JULY 1989 IS NOW ON SALE AT THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR. GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL, AND AT THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT PUBLICATIONS SALES COUNTER, 19TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER 1. 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI, AT 82 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.

/TABLE 1 .......

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TABLE 1 : ORDERS-ON-HAND IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES

industry ORDERS-ON-HAND CHANGE WHEN COMPARED

ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES AS AT THE END OF JULY 1989 (MONTHS) 4.35

JUN. (%) ♦ WITH 89 JUL. 88 (%) + 1

WEARING APPAREL 4.76 + 1 + 1

TEXTILES 2.52 + 2 + 7

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 3.25 -3 *8

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 4.68 -1 + 5

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 5.05

OTHERS 4 . 18

t CHANGES WITHIN +/-0.5%

TABLE 2 : EMPLOYMENT

INDUSTRY/SERVICES PERSONS ENGAGED AT THE END OF JULY 1989

CHANGE WHEN COMPARED WITH JUN. 89 JUL. 88 (%) (.% 1

♦ 1 “1° all manufacturing industries + 2 -1 FOOD AND DRINKS + 1 -io WEARING APPAREL + 1 * TEXTILES + 4 - 2 3 PLASTIC PRODUCTS » -3 FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS

/ELECTRICAL AND

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ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS OTHERS CONSTRUCTION# ♦ 1 + 1 * -14 -5 — 2

SERVICES 4-1 + 4

BANKS + 2 + 4

HOTELS * + 2

PUBLIC UTILITIES + 1

OTHERS + 1 410

* CHANGES WITHIN +7-0.5% # PERSONS ENGAGED COVER COMPANY EMPLOYEES BY LABOUR-ONLY SUB-CONTRACTORS ARE NO1 ONLY; SITE WORKERS INCLUDED. EMPLOYED

TABLE 3 : PER CAPITA EARNINGS

INDUSTRY/SERVICES PER : CAPITA EARNINGS

AVERAGE AS IN CHANGE WHEN COMPANY won JULY 1989 JUN. 89 JUL‘_88_,

(HK$ ) (%) (%) 417

ALL MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES 4.958 ♦ 1

FOOD AND DRINKS 5,857 + 6 4 17

WEARING APPAREL 4 . 158 + 1 415

TEXTILES 4.812 415

PLASTIC PRODUCTS 4,627 4 4 428

FABRICATED METAL PRODUCTS 4,898 + 5 416

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC PRODUCTS 4,688 412 .

OTHERS 6,583 + 2 422

CONSTRUCTION# 7,469 + 7 4 22

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SERVICES 8,718 + 2 416

BANKS 8.271 -6 4 19

HOTELS 6,665 4 19 421

PUBLIC UTILITIES 8.8-10 <•9 415

OTHERS 9,502 * 4 1-1

* CHANGES WITHIN 4/-O.5%

PER CAPITA EARNINGS COVER.

COMPANY EMPLOYEES ONLY;

SITE WORKERS

EMPLOYED BY LABOUR-ONL' SUB-CONTRACTORS ARE NOT INCLUDED

NOTES TO TABLES 1-3 :

UNLIKE "ORDERS-ON-HAND" AND ’’PER CAPITA EARNINGS". WHICH ARE AVERAGE FIGURES AMONGST THE FIRMS SURVEYED. THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED BY THE FIRMS SURVEYED IS NOT MEANINGFUL INFORMATION ON ITS OWN (BECAUSE THIS IS A PANEL SURVEY) AND IS THEREFORE NOT SHOWN.

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LABOUR RELATIONS CONFERENCE TO EXPLORE NEW CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES ♦ t ♦ t ♦

THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG IN THE FIELD OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS IN THE 1990’S AND THE FACTORS AFFECTING THE FUTURE WELL-BEING OF HONG KONG’S INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL SCENES ARE AMONG THE MAJOR TOPICS TO BE DISCUSSED AT A LARGE-SCALE CONFERENCE TO BE HELD ON OCTOBER 31 THIS YEAR.

THE CONFERENCE. ENTITLED ’BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND LABOUR RELATIONS IN THE 1990’S - NEW CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES". IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AND THE LABOUR RELATIONS PROMOTION SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD.

MORE THAN 1,000 EMPLOYERS. PROPRIETORS. BUSINESS EXECUTIVES, PERSONNEL AND HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGERS. EMPLOYEES’ REPRESENTATIVES, TRADE UNIONISTS. ACADEMICS AND OTHER INTERESTED PROFESSIONALS ARE EXPECTED TO TAKE PART IN THE ONE-DAY EVENT.

THE CONFERENCE WILL TAKI THE FORM OF A PLENARY SESSION IN THE MORNING AND A NUMBER OF WORKSHOPS IN THE AFTERNOON. A LABOUR DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1989

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"IT WILL PROVIDE A FORUM FOR PARTICIPANTS TO EXPLORE THE SUBJECT MATTER FROM THE ECONOMIC, SOCIO-POLITICAL. LEGISLATIVE AND TECHNOLOGICAL ANGLES," HE SAID.

"THEY CAN ALSO AIR THEIR VIEWS DIRECTLY ON THE MOST PRESSING PROBLEMS FACING THEM AS WELL AS Till. FACTORS LIKELY TO AFFECT THE FUTURE WELL-BEING OF HONG KONG’S INDUSTRY."

EMINENT INDUSTRIALISTS. ENTREPRENEURS AND TRADE UNION LEADERS AS WELL AS SPECIALISTS IN THE FIELD WILL BE INVITED TO ADDRESS THE GATHERING.

THEY WILL TALK ON SUCH TOPICS AS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN THE

ASIA-PACIFIC REGION - ITS IMPACT ON MANPOWER: CORPORATE STRATEGIC

PLANNING FOR THE 1990’S; EEC IN 1992 - IMPLICATIONS

TELECOMMUNICATIONS IN THE 1990’S - TECHNOLOGICAL STAFF RELATIONS; EMPLOYEES' ASPIRATIONS AND NEEDS DEVELOPMENTS IN Till 1990’S; BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND IN A MULTI-NATIONAL CONCERN; AND MEETING FUTURE

FOR HONG KONG; ADVANCEMENT AND TN HONG KONG'S STAFF RELATIONS NEEDS IN HUMAN

RESOURCES MANAGEMENT.

ENROLMENT WILL START TOMORROW. APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW OBTAINABLE FROM THE LABOUR RELATIONS PROMOTION UNIT OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, 12TH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 5-8523509,

5-8523553.

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REPORT ON SHAM SHUI PO DB’s WORK *****

THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD HAS PUBLISHED A FULL-COLOUR BOOKLET ON ITS WORK AND ACTIVITIES IN THE PAST FINANCIAL YEAR.

THE 24-PAGE BOOKLET ALSO COVERS THE WORK OF THE BOARD’S FOUR COMMITTEES ON ENVIRONMENT. COMMUNITY BUILDING. TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT. AND COMMUNITY WELFARE. AS WELL AS OF THE COMMITTEES’ VARIOUS WORKING GROUPS.

ALSO INCLUDED IS A BRIEF OF THE DISTRICT AND RECENT DEVELOPMENTS IN IT.

THE ADDRESSES AND TELEPHONE NUMBERS OF THE BOARD'S MEMBERS ARE APPENDED TO THE BOOKLET FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF RESIDENTS WHO MAY WISH TO CONTACT THEM.

OF THE 10,000 COPIES PRODUCED, SOME WILL BE SENT TO SCHOOLS, AREA COMMITTEES, MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, OWNERS' INCORPORATIONS, VOLUNTARY AGENCIES, GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND ORGANISATIONS IN THE DISTRICT, WHILE OTHERS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE AT THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

/IN THE........

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1989

IN THE FOREWORD TO THE BOOKLET, THE BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR TAI TUNG-NGOK, SAID IN THE PAST YEAR MEMBERS HAD STRIVEN TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT AND WELL-BEING OF THE DISTRICT, AS WELL AS TO STRENGTHEN THE LINK BETWEEN RESIDENTS AND THE GOVERNMENT.

WORK THIS YEAR HAD BEEN BUSY, AND THIS WAS A NATURAL TREND IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION, HE SAID.

"THERE IS STILL MUCH FOR THE BOARD TO DO IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS." MR TAI CONTINUED. ADDING THAT THE BOARD’S EFFECTIVENESS WOULD DEPEND ON THE CO-OPERATION OF MEMBERS AND SUPPORT FROM GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS.

EMPHASISING THE IMPORTANCE OF ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN DISTRICT AFFAIRS. MR TAI HOPED THAT RESIDENTS WOULD INVOLVE THEMSELVES MORE IN THE ACTIVITIES OF THE DISTRICT BOARD. AND AIR THEIR VIEWS MORE FREQUENTLY.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS DRAFT ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME i t t t t

THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE 1990-91 DRAFT BUS ROUTE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT AT ITS MEETING ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 19).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE PROPOSED PROGRAMME FOR THE 1989-90 ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN IN YUEN LONG.

TWO MEMBERS WILL RAISE QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE PROSECUTION OF VEHICLES EMITTING EXCESSIVE EXHAUST SMOKE.

OTHER TOPICS ON THE. AGENDA INCLUDE THE PROPOSED VEHICLE LENGTH RESTRICTIONS AT MINOR LIGHT RAIL AND ROAD JUNCTIONS ALONG CASTLE PEAK ROAD CORRIDOR \ND THE PROPOSED RESCISSION OF A TAXI STAND ON MAU TAN STREET.

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 TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 19) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM. 13TH FLOOR, TAI KIU GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING. 2 K1U LOK SQUARE. YUEN LONG.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 10 AM.

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WONG TAI SIN DB TO DISCUSS POLITICAL REFORMS

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MEMBERS OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS OMELCO’S POLITICAL REFORMS FOR 1991 AT THEIR MEETING ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 19).

THE SENIOR MEMBER OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. MR ALLEN LEE, WILL ATTEND THE MEETING TO BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE PROPOSALS.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO HEAR AN INTRODUCTION BY REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE TERRITORY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT ON THE PROPOSED LAND USE OF THE DIAMOND HILL AND TAI HOM AREAS.

A MEMBER WILL PRESENT A PAPER ON PROTECTING THE HEARING OF YOUNGSTERS, AND WILL URGE THE GOVERNMENT TO CONTROL THE USE OF PORTABLE RADIOS AND TAPE PLAYERS.

IN ADDITION, A PAPER ON SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY PROVIDED BY CARE AND ATTENTION HOMES, INFIRMARIES AND THE "BOUGHT PLACE" SCHEME WILL BE TABLED FOR MEMBERS’ INFORMATION.

A SENIOR SOCIAL WORK OFFICER (ELDERLY HOME REGISTRATION) OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT, MRS ELEANOR LAU, WILL ANSWER QUESTIONS ON THE "BOUGHT PLACE" SCHEME.

A REPLY FROM THE SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION AND MANPOWER ON THE IMPORTATION OF SKILLED LABOUR, AND THE 1989 EDITION OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT WORKS PROGRAMME WILL ALSO BE TABLED FOR MEMBERS’ INFORMATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 19) AT THE FUNG MING HALL OF WONG TAI SIN TEMPLE. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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BUS ROUTES. TAXI MALPRACTICE ON AGENDA

*****

THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE OF YAU TSIM DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (MONDAY) MEASURES TO PREVENT TAXI DRIVERS FROM LEAVING THEIR METERS ON AFTER REACHING THEIR PASSENGERS’ DESTINATIONS.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE ALTERATION TO BUS ROUTES IK. 8 AND 8A SO THAT THEY WILL SERVE THE CHINA HONG KONG CITY.

2K,

/PAPERS ON

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1989

PAPERS ON A REVIEW OF PEDESTRIAN PROBLEM SPOTS AND A PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME WILL BE TABLED AT THE MEETING FOR MEMBERS* INFORMATION.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF YAU TS1M DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (MONDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, 490 NATHAN ROAD, BEGINNING AT 2.30 PM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS ♦ * ♦ * ♦

THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD WILL LOOK AT WAYS TO SOLVE THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROBLEM AT A FOOTBRIDGE IN TUEN MUN AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (MONDAY).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO EXAMINE THE DISTRICT BOARD’S FINANCIAL POSITION IN RESPECT OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE PROGRESS REPORTS OF4' LOCAL PUBLIC WORKS AND SQUATTER AREA IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS, AND AN APPLICATION FOR FUNDS SUBMITTED BY THE YWCA CASTLE PEAK SOCIAL SERVICES CENTRE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (MONDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, I HIRD FLOOR, TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1 TUEN 111 ROAD. TUEN MUN.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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APPLICATION FORMS FOR PRIMARY ONE PLACES

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PARENTS WHO WISH TO APPLY FOR A PRIMARY ONE PLACE IN A PUBLIC SECTOR SCHOOL FOR THEIR CHILDREN IN SEPTEMBER NEXT YEAR UNDER THE PRIMARY ONE ADMISSION SYSTEM CAN OBTAIN APPLICATION FORMS FROM TOMORROW (MONDAY) UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO PRIMARY ONE IS OPEN TO ALL HONG KONG BELONGING CHILDREN WHO WERE BORN ON OR BEFORE DECEMBER 31. 1984 ANT) WHO ARE NOT STUDYING IN A PRIMARY SCHOOL.

PARENTS OF CHILDREN WHO ARE ATTENDING KINDERGARTENS CAN OBTAIN THE APPLICATION FORMS AND RELATED INFORMATION SHEETS FROM THE KINDERGARTENS, HE SAID.

FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN NOT ATTENDING KINDERGARTENS, THE FORMS ARE AVAILABLE IN DISTRICT OFFICES AND OFFICES OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO ONLY ONE GOVERNMENT OR AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOL DIRECT IN WHICH THE PARENT WISHES TO APPLY FOR A DISCRETIONARY PLACE BETWEEN OCTOBER 2 AND 6.

THIS SCHOOL MAY EITHER BE WITHIN OR OUTSIDE THE DISTRICT IN WHICH THE FAMILY LIVES. PARENTS ARE STRONGLY ADVISED TO SELECT A NEIGHBOURHOOD SCHOOL IN ORDER TO REDUCE UNNECESSARY TRANSPORT PROBLEMS AND TO TAKE THE POINTS SYSTEM INTO CONSIDERATION IN SELECTING THE SCHOOL.

THE POINTS SYSTEM IS BASED ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE SCHOOL AND THE CHILD’S FAMILY AS WELL AS THE CHILD’S AGE, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

PARENTS ARE URGED TO NOTE THAT ONLY ONE APPLICATION FORM CAN BE SUBMITTED IN RESPECT OF ANY ONE CHILD.

"IF PARENTS ARE FOUND TO HAVE APPLIED TO MORE THAN ONE GOVERNMENT OR AIDED SCHOOL, THEY WILL AUTOMATICALLY FORFEIT THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING ELIGIBLE FOR A DISCRETIONARY PLACE." THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

PARENTS OF THOSE CHILDREN WHO CANNOT USE CHINESE AS THE LEARNING MEDIUM ARE REQUESTED TO SEEK ADVICE FROM THE DEPARTMENT’S PRIMARY ONE ADMISSION UNIT AT 269’ QUEEN’S ROAD FAST, WAN CHAI, (TEL. NO. 5-724383), BEFORE SUBMITTING THE APPLICATION FORM.

SCHOOLS RECEIVING TOO FEW APPLICATIONS FOR DISCRETIONARY PLACES MIGHT NOT BE ALLOWED TO OPERATE PRIMARY ONE CLASSES, AND IN SUCH CASES, CHILDREN ALREADY ACCEPTED BY THESE SCHOOLS FOR DISCRETIONARY PLACES WILL HAVE TO BE SUBSEQUENTLY RE-ALLOCATED TO SOME OTHER SCHOOLS WHICH HAVE VACANCIES.

/IF PARENTS .......

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1989

IF PARENTS DO NOT WISH 10 APPLY FOR A DISCRETIONARY PLACE IN ANY PARTICULAR SCHOOL? THEY SHOULD RETURN THE COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM BETWEEN OCTOBER 2 AND 6 TO ONE 01 THE FOLLOWING COLLECTION CENTRES FOR CENTRAL ALLOCATION BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT:

LUI KEE EDUCATION SERVICES CENTRE. 269 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST.. FIRST FLOOR. HONG KONG;

* EDUCATION DEPARTMENT KOWLOON SUB-OFFICE, KOWLOON GOVERNMENT OFFICES, -105 NATHAN ROAD. SIXTH FLOOR. YAU MA TEI. KOWLOON;

SHA TIN DISTRICT OFFICE PUBLIC ENQUIRIES SERVICE CENTRE. FIRST FLOOR. KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION. SHA TIN;

* TAI PO DISTRICT OFFICE PUBLIC ENQUIRIES SERVICE CENTRE, TAI PO GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, TING KOK ROAD, TAI PO;

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE PUBLIC ENQUIRIES SERVICE CENTRE,

TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, 174-208

CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN;

» TUEN MUN DISTRICT OFFICE PUBLIC ENQUIRIES SERVICE CENTRE,

SECOND FLOOR. TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 1 TUEN

Hl ROAD, TUEN MUN:

* YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE PUBLIC ENQUIRIES SERVICE CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDING. 269 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, YUEN LONG; AND

* NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE’S CHEUNG WAH SUB-OFFICE PUBLIC ENQUIRIES SERVICE CENTRE, UNIT 115, CHEUNG CHUNG HOUSE, CHEUNG WAH ESTATE, FANLING.

PARENTS WHO WISH THEIR CHILDREN TO ATTEND PRIVATE PRIMARY SCHOOLS OR PRIMARY SCHOOLS OF THE ENGLISH SCHOOLS FOUNDATION ARE ADVISED TO APPLY TO THESE SCHOOLS DIRECT AS IN THE PAST AS THEY ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRIMARY ONE ADMISSION SYSTEM.

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STUDENTS INVITED TO JOIN INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TRAINING SCHEME ♦ ♦ t t t

THE MUSIC OFFICE IS INVITING PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TO JOIN THE INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC TRAINING SCHEME.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MUSIC OFFICE SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT STUDENTS FROM PRIMARY ONE TO FORM THREE WHO ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING TO PLAY WESTERN AND CHINESE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS ARE WELCOME TO APPLY FOR ENROLMENT.

/THE SPOKESMAN

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THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE CURRENT RECRUITMENT EXERCISE IS RESTRICTED TO STUDENTS LIVING OR STUDYING IN KWUN TONG. WONG TAI SIN. SAI KUNG, MONG KOK, SHAM SHUI PO, YAU MA TEI, TSUEN WAN. KWAI TSING, YUEN LONG, TAI PO AND TUEN MUN, AS WELL AS ON HONG KONG ISLAND.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL RECEIVE TRAINING ON THE PLAYING OF WESTERN AND CHINESE MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS SUCH AS VIOLIN. ERHU. FRENCH HORN AND FLUTE.

TRAINING SESSIONS OF ONE HOUR EACH WILL BE CONDUCTED WEEKLY AT THE MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

MONTHLY TUITION FEES FOR TRAINEES AT THE ELEMENTARY, INTERMEDIATE AND HIGHER LEVELS ARE $10, $60 AND $80 RESPECTIVELY.

APPLICANTS WILL BE INVITED TO THE MUSIC CENTRES FOR HANDS AND MOUTH INSPECTION AND A SIMPLE VOICE TEST IN OCTOBER. THE FIRST TRAINING SESSION WILL START IN NOVEMBER.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE MUSIC CENTRES IN YAU MA TEI. KWUN TONG, TSUEN WAN, YUEN LONG, MONG KOK AND HONG KONG ISLAND. THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS IS SEPTEMBER 30.

ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 3-7962893. 3-7149255, 0-4750465, OR 5-283257.

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LANE CLOSURE IN KOWLOON CITY

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT A SHORT SECTION OF THE NORTHERN KERBSIDE LANE ON PRINCE EDWARD ROAD WEST WESTBOUND FRONTING HOUSE NO. 230 WILL BE CLOSED FOR TWO WEEKS FROM 10' AM ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 19) IN ORDER TO FACILITATE ROAD REINSTATEMENT WORK.

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ROAD CLOSURE IN YAU MA TEI *****

THE

THE LAYING

TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT IN ORDER TO

OF A WATERMAIN IN JORDAN

JORDAN ROAD AND NANKING STREET IN YAU TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 19) FOR TWO WEEKS.

ROAD.

MA

FACILITATE

CHI WOO STREET BETWEEN TEI WILL BE CLOSED FROM

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

NO ALTERNATIVE TO REPATRIATION FOR MAJORITY OF VBP.......... 1

LEGAL SYSTEM PROVISIONS ’CORNERSTONE OF GUARANTEES’ ON FUTURE ..................................................... 2

SWAC ENDORSES STRATEGY ON SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY ......... 4

GREAT IMPROVEMENT TO VILLAGERS' ENVIRONMENT ................ 6

ENVIRONMENTAL CLEARANCE PROGRAMME ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ... 7

DRAFT PUBLIC TRANSPORT PROGRAMME ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA .... 8

DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER SETTING UP VIP PARK................ 9

WATER STORAGE FIGURE ....................................... 9

WATER CUTS IN TWO KOWLOON DISTRICTS ........................ 10

TRAFFIC PLAN FOR HAPPY VALLEY RACE MEETINGS ................ 10

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG .......................... 14

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SAI KUNG TOWN ...................... 16

ROAD CLOSURE IN SHA TIN .................................... 16

TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN POK FU LAM................ 1?

LANE CLOSURE ON TAI PC ROAD FANLING ........................ 17

MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 18. 1989

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NO ALTERNATIVE TO REPATRIATION FOR MAJORITY OF VBP

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THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE TO REPATRIATION FOR THE VAST MAJORITY OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE WHO RISK THEIR LIVES AND SAFETY TO MAKE A HAZARDOUS VOYAGE. AND THE SOONER THAT MESSAGE IS UNDERSTOOD THE MORE HUMAN MISERY CAN BE AVOIDED, THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, MR FRANCIS MAUDE, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER VISITING A VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE DETENTION CENTRE AT HEI LING CHAU, MR MAUDE SAID THE FIRST PRIORITY WAS TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO RETURN TO VIETNAM VOLUNTARILY THROUGH COUNSELLING.

"THE SECOND PRIORITY IS TO WORK WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO FIND PERMANENT SOLUTIONS TO THE PROBLEM.

"EVERY SINGLE COUNTRY' HAS AGREED THAT FOR THOSE WHO ARE SCREENED OUT. FOR THOSE WHO ARE DETERMINED NOT TO BE REFUGEES. THERE IS NO ALTERNATIVE TO RETURNING TO VIETNAM." HE SAID.

"THERE IS NO COUNTRY WHICH BELIEVES THAT THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE, AND WHAT WE HAVE TO DO IS WORK TOGETHER WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO MAKE THAT A REALITY.

"TO MAKE IT UNDERSTOOD BY THOSE WHO ARE HERE ALREADY' AND TO THOSE WHO MAY BE THINKING OF TRYING TO COME HERE. THAT THAT IS WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS," MR MAUDE POINTED OUT.

THE MINISTER NOTED THAT THERE V)AS A SERIOUS DOUBT WHETHER VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION ON ITS OWN WOULD SOLVE THE PROBLEM.

"1 THINK IT’S IN THE HIGHEST DEGREE UNLIKELY THAT IT WILL SOLVE THE PROBLEM FULLY. SO WHAT WE HAVE TO DO IS MAKE SURE THAT WHEN WE MOVE TO OTHER SYSTEMS OF REPATRIATION, THAT IT WORKS.

"AND THAT'S WHAT WE’RE WORKING ON AT THE MOMENT TO ENSURE THAT WHEN THAT PROCESS STARTS THAT IT IS SUCCESSFUL. WHAT WE CANNOT DO IS RUSH INTO ANOTHER SYSTEM PRECIPITATELY AND RISK THE DANGER OF IT NOT SUCCEEDING," MR MAUDE SAID.

THE MINISTER SAID HE WAS ENORMOUSLY IMPRESSED BY THE WAY IN WHICH THE HONG KONG AUTHORITIES WERE DEALING WITH WHAT WAS AN INTENSELY DIFFICULT PROBLEM.

"I THINK THE CONDITIONS IN WHICH PEOPLE ARE LIVING HERE ARE • REMARKABLY GOOD GIVEN THE INEVITABLE CONSTRAINTS OF A LOT OF PEOPLE IN A VERY SMALL AREA. AND I THINK A LOT OF CONGRATULATIONS ARE DUE TO THE HONG KONG AUTHORITIES FOR THE WAY IN WHICH THEY ARE ADDRESSING THE DIFFICULTIES." HE SAID.

/MR MAUDE .......

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 19^9

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MR MAUDE SAID HE FELT A SADNESS TO SEE SO MANY PEOPLE WHO HAD LEFT VIETNAM, IN THE MISTAKEN BELIEF THAT THERE WAS A DIFFERENT FUTURE OUTSIDE THEIR COUNTRY. TO THE ALMOST COMPLETE CERTAINTY FOR NEARLY ALL OF THEM THAT THEY WOULD HAVE TO RETURN.

THE MINISTER ALSO VISITED THE TUEN MUN CLOSED CAMP AND FLEW OVER THE SOKO ISLANDS. SHEK KONG AND SHA TIN DURING A HELICOPTER TOUR.

MR MAUDE WAS ACCOMPANIED THIS MORNING BY THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY. MR GEOFFREY BARNES. AND THE SECRETARY FOR WORKS. MR KENNETH KWOK.

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LEGAL SYSTEM PROVISIONS 'CORNERSTONE OF GUARANTEES’ ON FUTURE ******

THE PROVISIONS ABOUT THE LEGAL SYSTEM ARE AMONG THE MOST IMPORTANT IN THE JOINT DECLARATION, AND MORI. THAN ANYTHING ELSE. THEY ARE THE CORNERSTONE OF GUARANTEES THAT THE PRESENT ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL SYSTEMS IN HONG KONG WILL CONTINUE AFTER 1997. THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON. SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE 11TH LAWASIA CONFERENCE, SIR DAVID SAID THE PROVISIONS PROVIDED THE BASIC FRAMEWORK WITHIN WHICH WE WERE ALL WORKING TO ENSURE THAT OUR FREE ENTERPRISE ECONOMY COULD CONTINUE TO FLOURISH.

"THAT FREE ENTERPRISE ECONOMY MEANS THAT BUSINESSMEN IN HONG KONG ARE FREE TO CONDUCT THEIR AFFAIRS. AS THEY LIKE. WITHIN THE LAW," THE GOVERNOR SAID.

"WE BELIEVE FIRMLY THAT THIS HAD BEEN AN IMPORTANT ELEMENT IN HONG KONG’S SUCCESS," HE ADDED.

SIR DAVID SAID WHILE THERE WERE MANY FACTORS THAT HAD CONTRIBUTED TO CREATING THE HONG KONG WE KNEW TODAY, ANOTHER SIGNIFICANT ELEMENT WHOSE IMPORTANCE WAS BECOMING WIDELY RECOGNISED WAS THE EXISTENCE OF AN EFFICIENT AND RELIABLE LEGAL SYSTEM.

"THE CONTINUATION BEYOND 1997 OF THE PRESENT LEGAL SYSTEM IS GUARANTEED BY THE 1984 SINO-URITTSH JOINT DECLARATION. THIS IS A BINDING INTERNATIONAL AGREEMENT," THE GOVERNOR SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE JOINT DECLARATION CONTAINED SPECIFIC PROVISIONS FOR THE MAINTENANCE OF THE LAWS PREVIOUSLY IN FORCE IN HONG KONG.

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“FOR NEW LAWS AND REVISIONS TO THE LAW IT VBSTS LEGISLATIVE POWER IN THE LEGISLATURE OF THE SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION. IT ALSO MAKES IT CLEAR THAT HONG KONG’S INDEPENDENT JUDICIAL SYSTEM WILL BE MAINTAINED INTACT, WITH THE SINGLE EXCEPTION THAT THE POWER OF FINAL ADJUDICATION WILL REST IN HONG KONG INSTEAD OF WITH THE PRIVY COUNCIL IN LONDON - OR INDEED IN PEKING,” SIR DAVID SAID.

ON THE QUESTION OF HOW MUCH REGULATION HONG KONG NEEDED AS A FREE ENTERPRISE ECONOMY, THE GOVERNOR SAID: ”IN HONG KONG, WE BELIEVE THAT OVER-REGULATION AND UNDER-REGULATION ARE BOTH UNDESIRABLE; WE MUST SEEK A MIDDLE WAY BETWEEN THE TWO.”

"OUR BUSINESSMEN AND INDUSTRIALISTS UNDERSTAND THAT NONINTERFERENCE IS NOT THE SAME AS NON-REGULATION," HE ADDED.

SIR DAVID POINTED OUT THAT LIMITED BUT EFFECTIVE REGULATION AND THE APPLICATION OF THE RULE OF LAW WERE KEY INGREDIENTS IN MAINTAINING DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL CONFIDENCE, AND IN CREATING AN ENVIRONMENT CONDUCIVE TO ECONOMIC GROWTH.

"IN GENERAL TERMS, THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY IS TO LEAVE OUR INDUSTRIAL, COMMERCIAL AND FINANCIAL SECTORS FREE FROM UNNECESSARY REGULATION SO THAT THEY CAN COMPETE WITHOUT INHIBITION IN DOMESTIC AND WORLD MARKETS," SIR DAVID SAID.

THE GOVERNOR POINTED OUT THAT THIS MEANT IMPOSING ONLY THOSE REGULATORY MEASURES THAT WERE NECESSARY TO PROVIDE BOTH THE WORK FORCE AND THE INVESTOR WITH ADEQUATE PROTECTION, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, APPLYING THE STANDARDS WHICH WERE EXPECTED OF A MAJOR WORLD TRADING AND FINANCIAL CENTRE.

"IN THE PAST, HONG KONO WAS PROBABLY UNDER-REGULATED BY CURRENT INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS,” SIR DAVID NOTED.

"PARTLY AS A RESULT, OUR BANKING SECTOR SUFFERED BADLY FOLLOWING THE COLLAPSE OF THE PROPERTY MARKET IN 1982 AND THE GOVERNMENT HAD TO RESCUE SOME LOCAL BANKS TO PROTECT ORDINARY DEPOSITORS FROM SERIOUS LOSSES.

"WE LEARNT A LESSON FROM THIS. WE HAVE SINCE UNDERTAKEN A COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW OF OUR BANKING LEGISLATION TO MAKE SURE THAT THE COMMISSIONER OF BANKING IS ABLE TO EXERCISE PRUDENTIAL SUP.-.RV .ION IN A MORE EFFECTIVE WAY," THE GOVERNOR SAID.

IN THE SECURITIES SECTOR, SIR DAVID SAID THAT THE STOC MARKET CRASH IN OCTOBER 1987 SHOWED THAT WE HAD VARIETY OF PROBLEM WHICH NEEDED RADICAL TREATMENT. "AS A RESULT, I APPOINTED A COMMITTEE UNDER MR IAN HAY DAVISON TO REVIEW THE ENTIRE REGULATORY FRAMEWORK OF HONG KONG’S SECURITIES AND COMMODITIES TRADING INDUSTRY,” HE SAID.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE MAIN RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE HAD ALL BEEN IMPLEMENTED AND THAT THE STOCK AND FUTURES EXCHANGES HAD RECONSTITUTED THEMSELVES.

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"WE HAVE A NEW SECURITIES AND FUTURES COMMISSION, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SUPERVISION OF THE SECURITIES, FINANCIAL INVESTMENT AND COMMODITIES FUTURES INDUSTRIES IN HONG KONG, AND WHICH HAS GREATER REGULATORY POWERS THAN ITS PREDECESSOR,” SIR DAVID SAID.

"THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THESE REFORMS WAS SHOWN VERY CLEARLY BY THE WAY WITH WHICH HONG KONG’S FINANCIAL SECTOR SURVIVED THE UNCERTAINTY CAUSED BY EVENTS IN CHINA IN MAY AND JUNE,” HE ADDED.

THE

STOCK

MARKET LOST A THIRD OF ITS VALUE IN THREE WEEKS. BUT BOTH EXCHANGES AND THE THEY EMERGED WITH THEIR

THERE WAS A RUN ON MAINLAND CHINESE BANKS. BANKING SYSTEM WEATHERED THE CRISIS. REPUTATION ENHANCED,” THE GOVERNOR NOTED.

SIR DAVID SAID HE DID NOT THINK THAT HONG KONG WAS OVERREGULATED ALTHOUGH THERE WAS THE OCCASIONAL COMPLAINT OF IT BEING SO.

’’INDEED WE ARE DETERMINED THAT IT SHOULD NOT BECOME SO. THE GOVERNMENT IS ACUTELY CONSCIOUS OF THE NEED TO AVOID OVER-REGULATION,” HE SAID.

"IT COULD STIFLE THE VIGOUR AND INNOVATION OF OUR BUSINESS COMMUNITY ON WHICH WE DEPEND.

"BUT, EQUALLY, WB KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE, AND RECENT EVENTS HAVE PROVED, THAT UNDER-REGULATION DOES NOT PROVIDE ADEQUATE SAFEGUARDS FOR THE COMMUNITY AND DOES NOT CREATE THE DEGREE OF INTERNATIONAL INVESTOR CONFIDENCE THAT A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL TRADING TERRITORY LIKE HONG KONG MUST HAVE TO SURVIVE AND PROSPER," THE GOVERNOR SAID.

"THAT IS WHY IN HONG KONG WE WILL CONTINUE TO STRIVE FOR THE GOLDEN MEAN -- THE RIGHT BALANCE BETWEEN OVER- AND UNDER-REGULATION," HE ADDED.

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SWAC ENDORSES STRATEGY ON SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY

THE SOCIAL WELFARE ADVISORY COMMITTEE (SWAC) ENDORSED A TWO-PART STRATEGY ON IMPROVEMENT OF SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY AT ITS MEETING TODAY (MONDAY).

THE COMMITTEE ADVISED THAT IMPROVEMENTS WHICH DO NOT HAVE TO COMPETE FOR FINANCIAL RESOURCES SHOULD BE IMPLEMENTED AS SOON AS PRACTICABLE WHILE PRIORITIES SHOULD BE SET FOR THOSE WHICH HAVE TO COMPETE FOR THE SCARCE RESOURCES. AND BE IMPLEMENTED AS RESOURCES PERMIT.

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PRESENTING THE IMPLEMENTATION PLAN OF THE REPORT ON THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY (CCSE). THE ACTING DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE. MR MARTIN WHITE. EXPLAINED THAT THE CCSE WAS FORMED IN MID 1987 TO REVIEW POLICIES ON SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY AND TO MONITOR PROGRESS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF ELDERLY SERVICES .GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND WELFARE AGENCIES.

IN ITS REPORT PRODUCED LAST YEAR. THE CCSE RECOMMENDED FIVE MAJOR AREAS OF SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY - COMMUNITY SUPPORTS SERVICES. ACCOMMODATION AND RESIDENTIAL CARE. MEDICAL AND HEALTH, SOCIAL SECURITY AND OTHER SUPPORTIVE SERVICES.

SWAC MEMBERS WERE GLAD TO LEARN THAT OVER 10 IMPROVEMENTS HAVE BEEN CARRIED OUT SINCE THE PUBLICATION OF THE LAST REPORT. THESE include:

t SUBSTANTIAL IMPROVEMENTS TO THE OLD AGE ALLOWANCE SINCE SEPTEMBER 1. 1988:

» A PILOT RESPITE SERVICE IMPLEMENTED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT AND SIX VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WITH A TOTAL OF 37 RESPITE BEDS:

* THE REVISION OF THE PLANNING RATIO FOR CARE-AND-ATTENTION HOMES TO EIGHT PLACES PER 1.000 ELDERLY PERSONS AGED 60 YEARS AND ABOVE:

t THE INTRODUCTION OF THE VOLUNTARY REGISTRATION SCHEME FOR PRIVATE HOMES FOR THE ELDERLY: AND

» A CENTRAL WAITING LIST FOR INFIRMARY PLACES ESTABLISHED BY THE HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

"THE GOVERNMENT HAS ALSO AGREED. IN PRINCIPLE, TO INCREASE THE SUBVENTION LEVEL FOR SOCIAL CENTRES AND MULTI-SERVICES CENTRES FOR THE ELDERLY AND TO PROVIDE MEDICAL SUPPORT FOR INFIRMARY UNITS IN CARE-AND-ATTENTION HOMES." MR WHITE SAID.

"HOWEVER. THOSE IMPROVEMENTS WOULD BE SUBJECT TO THE GOVERNMENT’S RESOURCE ALLOCATION SYSTEM."

SWAC ALSO AGREED THAT THE CCSE REPORT SHOULD BE RELEASED TO CONCERNED BODIES FOR INFORMATION.

THE BILINGUAL REPORT WILL BE RELEASED IN DUE COURSE TOGETHER WITH AN EXECUTIVE SUMMARY.

MEANWHILE. THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE. MR STEPHEN LAW. TOLD SWAC MEMBERS THAT THE OLD AGE ALLOWANCE (OAA1 EXTENSION SCHEME WAS WELL UNDERSTOOD AND WAS ABLE TO REACH THE INTENDED TARGET GROUP.

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HE SAID THAT AS A DETERRENT TO FRAUD. AN ANNUAL RANDOM CHECK OF ONE PER CENT OF THE TOTAL OAA CASELOAD WOULD BE CONDUCTED EARLY NEXT YEAR.

THE EXTENSION SCHEME WAS STARTED IN SEPTEMBER 1988 TO COVER THE 68-69 AGE GROUP. PHASE II OF THE SCHEME COVERING 67-YEAR-OLD PERSONS WAS IMPLEMENTED LAST APRIL. AND PHASE III COVERING 66-YEARS-OLD PERSONS WILL TAKE EFFECT FROM NEXT APRIL. BY 1991. THE EXTENSION SCHEME WILL BE COMPLETED COVERING 65-YEAR-OLD PERSONS.

THE SWAC ALSO ENDORSED A PROPOSED REVISION TO THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON SOCIAL WORK TRAINING. THE REVISION WILL ENABLE THE COMMITTEE TO ADVISE THE GOVERNMENT. THROUGH THE SWAC. ON MATTERS RELATING TO THE PLANNING OF MANPOWER TO MEET WELFARE SERVICE NEEDS.

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GREAT IMPROVEMENT TO VILLAGERS’ ENVIRONMENT *****

THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT OF RESIDENTS AT TAI HOM NORTH VILLAGE IN WONG TAI SIN, NEAR THE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL, HAS BEEN GREATLY IMPROVED AS A RESULT OF JOINT EFFORTS BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE TUNNEL PROJECT CONTRACTOR.

"SINCE 1986, THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE HAS BEEN LIAISING WITH THE CONTRACTOR, RELEVANT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND THE DISTRICT BOARD ON MEASURES TO ENSURE THAT THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT IS NOT ADVERSELY AFFECTED BY THE PROJECT," A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DISTRICT OFFICE SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE DISTRICT OFFICE HAD RECENTLY ARRANGED A MEETING BETWEEN REPRESENTATIVES OF THE CONTRACTOR, THE HIGHWAYS DEPARTMENT AND WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT TO IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM AREAS IN TAI HOM NORTH VILLAGE.

WITH THE CO-OPERATION OF THE GAMMON CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, THE TUNNEL PROJECT CONTRACTOR, IMPROVEMENT WORKS WERE CARRIED OUT SHORTLY AFTER THE MEETING AND WERE COMPLETED WITHIN A WEEK, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"THESE IMPROVEMENT WORKS INCLUDED CONSTRUCTION OF A CONCRETE FOOTPATH ON GRANDVIEW ROAD LEADING TO LUNG CHEUNG ROAD AND ERECTION OF HOARDINGS ALONG THE BOUNDARY OF THE WORK SITE, SEPARATING IT FROM THE RESIDENTS’ HOUSES.

"DAMAGED FOOTPATHS IN THE AREA WERE EITHER REPAIRED OR RESURFACED, WHILE LIGHTING WAS INSTALLED ALONG GRANDVIEW ROAD AND LUEN YEE ROAD.

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”A LOCATION WAS DESIGNATED FOR RESIDENTS TO PLACE THEIR RUBBISH BINS SO AS TO IMPROVE THE HYGIENIC CONDITIONS IN THE AREA.

“IN ADDITION, RUBBISH IN DRAINS AND OTHER DEBRIS WERE REMOVED."

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE IMPROVEMENT MEASURES HAD BEEN COMMENDED BY A LOCAL RESIDENTS' GROUP.

"IN A NOTICE POSTED AT THE CONSTRUCTION SITE, THE GROUP POINTS OUT THAT THE MEASURES HAVE GREATLY IMPROVED THEIR LIVING ENVIRONMENT.

"THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE HAS BEEN KEEPING A CLOSE WATCH ON THE PROGRESS OF THE TATE'S CAIRN TUNNEL PROJECT AND WILL CONTINUE TO LIAISE WITH THE PARTIES CONCERNED ABOUT POSSIBLE FURTHER IMPROVEMENT MEASURES," HE ADDED.

IN ADDITION TO THE LATEST IMPROVEMENT WORKS, THE DISTRICT BOARD, THE PROJECT CONTRACTOR AND GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS CONCERNED HAD EARLIER CARRIED OUT NUMEROUS OTHER WORKS FOR RESIDENTS.

THESE INCLUDED IMPROVEMENTS TO DRAINAGE, CONSTRUCTION OF A LANDSCAPED EMBANKMENT AND ERECTION OF A SOUND PROOF BARRIER AT TUNNEL WORK SITE TO REDUCE THE NOISE NUISANCE CAUSED BY TRAFFIC AND TUNNEL WORKS.

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ENVIRONMENTAL CLEARANCE PROGRAMME ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA * ♦ * ♦ ♦

THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE 1989-90 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CLEARANCE PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

MEMBERS WILL CONSIDER A PROPOSAL TO CONSTRUCT A CONCRETE BRIDGE OVER A DITCH IN MOUNT PARKER COUNTRY PARK FOR THE BENEFIT OF MORNING-WALKERS.

AT THE MEETING. MEMBERS WILL EXPRESS CONCERN ABOUT THE INSTALLATION OF A PETROL TANK AT THE CARPARK OF WALTON ESTATE IN CHAI WAN.

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OTHER AGENDA ITEMS INCLUDE ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE PROBLEMS IN AH KUNG NGAM VILLAGE AND THE CUMULATION OF GARBAGE AT PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE REFUSE COLLECTION POINTS IN CHAI WAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE. FIRST FLOOR. 880-886 KING’S ROAD.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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DRAFT PUBLIC TRANSPORT PROGRAMME ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA

THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE DRAFT 1990-91 PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

IT WILL ALSO CONSIDER THE 1988 ACTION PROGRAMME REVIEW ON PEDESTRIAN PROBLEM SPOTS AND THE PROPOSAL TO RELOCATE THE PUBLIC LIGHT BUS STAND AT SUGAR STREET.

TWO QUESTIONS CONCERNING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ALONG MARSH ROAD AND TRAFFIC PROBLEMS AT THE JUNCTION OF LUARD ROAD AND LOCKHART ROAD WILL BE RAISED AT THE MEETING.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 4 PM IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM. 21ST FLOOR. SOUTHORN CENTRE. 130 HENNESSY ROAD.

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DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER SETTING UP VIP PARK «***»*

M MBERS OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD'S PROMOTION AND PUBLIC COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER SETTING UP A VIP PARK IN THE DISTRICT AT COMMITTEE'S MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

THE IDEA IS TO INVITE VIP’S TO PLANT TREES IN THE PARK.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS PUBLICITY FOR THE DISTRICT BOARD NEET-THE-PUBLIC SCHEME.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE REPORTS BY THE WORKING GROUP ON THE DISTRICT NEWSPAPER AND THE WORKING GROUP ON WELCOME TO TAI ’O SIGNBOARDS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD'S PROMOTION AND PUBLICITY COMMITTEE TO BE il TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR Or TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 152 KWONG FUK ROAD, TAI PO.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE * * * »

STORAGE IN HONG KONG’S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 65.4 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 383.256 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 264.203 MILLION

CUBIC METRES OF WATER. REPRESENTING 45.1 PER CENT OF CAPAC!i)

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WATER CUTS IN TWO KOWLOON DISTRICTS

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FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN SHAM SHUI PO WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 20) TO 6 AM THE NEXT D/ TO FACILITATE NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY ^AI CHI KOK^ROAD^MAPLE^STREFT^

SYCAMORE STREET, TUNG CHAU

STREET, YEE KUK STREET AND SHEK

STREET, KIP MEI

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STREET.

ALSO TO FACILITATE NIGHT LEAKAGE TESTS. FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN SAN PO KONG WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON THURSDAY TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY PRINCE ROAD, CHOI HUNG ROAD, TAI YAU STREET, TSEUK STREET AND KING HONG STREET.

EDWARD ROAD, SZE MEI

LUK STREET, KING FUK

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TRAFFIC PLAN FOR HAPPY VALLEY RACE MEETINGS

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SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN HAPPY VALLEY ON RACE DAYS THROUGHOUT THE 1989-90 RACING SEASON FOR BOTH DAY AND EVENING MEETINGS. THE FIRST MEETING IN HAPPY VALLEY WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 20) NIGHT.

THE ARRANGEMENTS, UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED, WILL HE IMPLEMENTED UNTIL THE CROWD HAS DISPERSED AFTER THE MEETINGS.

REROUTEING AND ROAD CLOSURES

THE FOLLOWING MEASURES WILL COME INTO EFFECT TWO HOURS BEFORE THE START OF THE FIRST RACE:

* MORRISON HILL ROAD BETWEEN QUEEN’S ROAD EAST AND LEIGHTON ROAD WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHEASTBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY BETWEEN WAN CHAI ROAD AND LEIGHTON ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES. ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES ENTERING FROM WAN CHAI ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO HENNESSY ROAD VIA TIN LOK LANE.

* LEIGHTON ROAD BETWEEN MORRISON HILL ROAD AND WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY EASTBOUND.

* BROADWOOD ROAD BETWEEN WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD AND LINK ROAD WILL BECOME ONE-WAY EASTBOUND. HOWEVER, BETWEEN THE END OF THE FIRST RACE AND ONE HOUR BEFORE THE LAST RACE, VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO TRAVEL DOWNHILL ALONG BROADWOOD ROAD TO WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD.

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» SHAN KWONG ROAD BETWEEN KING KWONG STREET AND VILLAGE ROAD WILL BECOME ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND. VEHICLES CAN TURN RIGHT TO YIK YAM STREET UNTIL NORMAL ROUTEING OF SHAN KWONG ROAD IS RESUMED.

* VILLAGE ROAD BETWEEN SHAN KWONG ROAD AND WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD WILL BECOME ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND. ON COMPLETION OF THE LAST RACE, TRAFFIC ON VILLAGE ROAD WILL BE HELD SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD. TRAFFIC WILL RESUME WHEN WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD IS CLEAR OF RACEGOERS.

* WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD BETWEEN VILLAGE ROAD AND QUEEN’S ROAD EAST WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND. THE UP RAMP ON WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD OUTSIDE THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB (RHKJC) LEADING TO ABERDEEN TUNNEL WILL BE CLOSED AND TRAFFIC HEADING FOR ABERDEEN TUNNEL WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE CANAL ROAD FLYOVER. ONE HOUR BEFORE THE FINAL RACE, THE DOWN RAMP FROM ABERDEEN TUNNEL LEADING TO WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES. AFTER THE LAST RACE. WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD BETWEEN SING WOO ROAD AND MORRISON HILL ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC IF NECESSARY. ON COMPLETION OF THE LAST RACE AND AFTER THE MAJORITY OF RACEGOERS HAVE LEFT, NORMAL TRAFFIC ROUTEING ON WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD WILL RESUME.

* SPORTS ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT THOSE REQUIRING ACCESS TO THE RHKJC CLUBHOUSE. THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT (THE VOLUNTEERS) (RHKR) AND HONG KONG FOOTBALL CLUB. SUCH VEHICLES WILL ENTER SPORTS ROAD FROM THE WEST. ONE HOUR BEFORE THE FINAL RACE, TRAFFIC FLOW ON SPORTS ROAD WILL BE ROUTED WESTBOUND BUT THE ROAD WILL REMAIN CLOSED TO ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES.

» 01 KWAN ROAD CIRCUIT, EXCEPT THE SECTION BETWEEN WING

CHEUNG STREET AND TANG SHIU KIN HOSPITAL, WILL BE REROUTED ONE-WAY ANTI-CLOCKWISE.

* CANAL ROAD FLYOVER :

(I) TRAFFIC FROM CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL HEADING FOR QUEEN’S ROAD EAST WILL USE THE DOWN RAMP LEADING TO MORRISON HILL ROAD AND TURN RIGHT AT THE JUNCTION OF SPORTS ROAD, MORRISON HILL ROAD AND QUEEN’S ROAD EAST.

(II) TRAFFIC HEADING FOR THE JOCKEY CLUB WILL USE THE DOWN RAMP LEADING TO CANAL ROAD EAST. TURN LEFT ONTO LEIGHTON ROAD AND WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD.

(Ill) TRAFFIC FROM QUEEN’S ROAD EAST OR WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD HEADING FOR CROSS HARBOUR TUNNEL, CENTRAL AND NORTH POINT WILL USE THE UP RAMP AT THE JUNCTION OF QUEEN'S ROAD EAST WITH MORRISON HILL ROAD.

(IV) TRAFFIC FROM QUEEN’S ROAD EAST HEADING FOR WAN CHAI AND HAPPY VALLEY WILL TURN LEFT TO MORRISON HILL ROAD.

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(V) TRAFFIC FROM ABERDEEN TUNNEL WILL BE PERMITTED TO USE THE DOWN RAMP LEADING TO WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD UNTIL ONE HOUR BEFORE THE LAST RACE. BUT WILL BE RESTRICTED TO TURN LEFT ONTO QUEEN’S ROAD EAST. HOWEVER, FRANCHISED BUSES AND GREEN MINIBUSES ARE NOT UNDER. THE RESTRICTION.

(VI) THIRTY MINUTES BEFORE THE START OF THE LAST RACE, THE SOUTHBOUND DOWN RAMP TO QUEEN’S ROAD EAST WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC.

SOUTHBOUND TRAFFIC HEADING FOR QUEEN'S ROAD EAST WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THE DOWN RAMP TO CANAL ROAD EAST AND THEN VIA LEIGHTON ROAD AND WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD TO QUEEN’S ROAD EAST.

* BLUE POOL ROAD NORTHBOUND BETWEEN VENTRIS ROAD AND WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

* EXCEPT DURING THE PERIOD BETWEEN THE END OF THE FIRST RACE AND ONE HOUR BEFORE THE FINAL RACE. NO VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO TURN LEFT FROM VENTRIS ROAD TO BROADWOOD ROAD WESTBOUND.

THE FOLLOWING MEASURES WILL COME INTO EFFECT ABOUT 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE LAST RACE UNTIL THE RACEGOERS HAVE DISPERSED AFTER THE RACE MEETINGS:

* THE JUNCTION OF QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD AND MORRISON HILL ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC AND EASTBOUND VEHICLES ON QUEEN’S ROAD EAST WILL BE DIVERTED TO TURN LEFT ONTO MORRISON HILL ROAD VIA THE SLIP ROAD.

t YIU WAH STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

t MATHESON STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC AND THE ACCESS TO THE LEIGHTON CENTRE CARPARK WILL BE SUSPENDED. VEHICLES LEAVING THE CARPARK WILL BE ALLOWED UNDER POLICE CONTROL AND BE DIRECTED VIA MATHESON STREET AND SHARP STREET EAST TO CANAL ROAD EAST.

LEARNER DRIVERS PROHIBITIONS

THE FOLLOWING MOVEMENTS BY LEARNER DRIVERS WILL BE BANNED ON DAY MEETINGS BETWEEN 11 AM AND 4.30 PM AND BETWEEN 7.30 PM AND 11 PM WHEN EVENING MEETINGS ARE HELD :

t LEFT-TURNING FROM CAROLINE HILL ROAD OUTSIDE PO LEUNG KUK TO LEIGHTON ROAD:

* ENTERING SHAN KWONG ROAD BETWEEN YIK YAM STREET AND WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD:

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* ENTERING VILLAGE ROAD BETWEEN ITS UPPER AND LOWER JUNCTIONS WITH SHAN KWONG ROAD:

* ENTERING PERCIVAL STREET BETWEEN HENNESSY ROAD AND LEIGHTON ROAD:

* ENTERING CANAL ROAD EAST: AND

* ENTERING THE SERVICE ROAD LEADING TO CANAL ROAD FLYOVER FROM GLOUCESTER ROAD.

PARKING

PARKING SPACES ON WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD. SPORTS ROAD, YIU WAIi STREET. VILLAGE ROAD BETWEEN ITS TWO JUNCTIONS WITH SHAN KWONG ROAD AND 01 KWAN ROAD EXCEPT THE SECTION FROM MORRISON HILL SWIMMING POOL TO SUNG TAK STREET WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 AM TO 7 PM FOR DAY MEETINGS AND BETWEEN 5 PM AND MIDNIGHT FOR EVENING MEETINGS.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

THE BUS STOP ON LEIGHTON ROAD EASTBOUND NEAR MATHESON STREET WILL BE SUSPENDED ONE HOUR PRIOR TO THE FIRST RACE AND WILL BE REINSTATED WHEN TRAFFIC FLOW RESUMES NORMAL.

THE BUS STOP OPPOSITE THE RHKJC MAIN ENTRANCE WILL BE SUSPENDED ONE HOUR PRIOR TO THE FIRST RACE AND WILL BE REINSTATED 15 MINUTES AFTER THE FIRST RACE. THE BUS STOP WILL BE SUSPENDED AGAIN 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE LAST RACE AND REINSTATED WHEN TRAFFIC FLOW RESUMES NORMAL.

STARTING FROM THE FOURTH RACE. CROSS HARBOUR BUS ROUTES 101R AND 102R RUNNING FROM HAPPY VALLEY RACE COURSES TO KWUN TONG AND MEI FOO RESPECTIVELY WILL START OPERATION UNTIL APPROXIMATELY ONE HOUR AFTER THE LAST RACE.

CMB ROUTE IM WILL BE OPERATED BETWEEN ADMIRALTY MTR STATION (EAST) AND HAPPY VALLEY TWO HOURS PRIOR TO THE START OF THE FIRST RACE AT A FREQUENCY OF 15 MINUTES. STARTING FROM THE FOURTH RACE, BUSES ON THIS ROUTE WILL WAIT IN MORRISON HILL ROAD OUTSIDE THE RHKR AND WILL DEPART WHEN FULLY LOADED.

ROUTEINGS OF CMB ROUTES NO. 5B, 10. 38, 42, 72, 75, 76. 90, 92, 96, 97. 260 AND CROSS HARBOUR ROUTES NO. 101, 107, 109. 110, 111, 112, 113, 116, 141 AND 170, AS WELL AS GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES NO. 4A, 4B, 4C, 6, 7, 25, 25A, 28 AND 35M, WILL BE DIVERTED.

THE TRAM STOP ON WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD OUTSIDE THE HONG KONG CEMETERY WILL BE SUSPENDED ONE HOUR PRIOR TO THE FIRST RACE UNTIL TRAFFIC ON WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD RESUMES NORMAL OPERATION.

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AS FOR PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES (PLB’S). THESE WILL BE BANNED FROM ENTERING HAU TAK LANE, CHEUNG WOO LANE, AND THE SECTION OF WAN CHAI ROAD BETWEEN TIN LOK LANE AND BOWRINGTON ROAD TWO HOURS BEFORE THE START OF THE FIRST RACE.

ALSO FROM 4.30 PM IN THE CASE OF DAY RACING AND 9.30 PM IN THE CASE OF EVENING RACING, NO PLB’S WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD BETWEEN BLUE POOL ROAD AND VILLAGE ROAD.

PLB’S PROCEEDING SOUTH ON WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED ALONG BLUE POOL ROAD AND BE DIRECTED TO THE TEMPORARY PLB STAND ON VILLAGE ROAD VIA SING WOO ROAD TO PICK UP PASSENGERS.

MOREOVER, ONE HOUR BEFORE THE LAST RACE AND UNTIL THE RESUMPTION OF NORMAL TRAFFIC FLOW. ALL EMPTY TAXIS WILL BE BANNED FROM ENTERING WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD BETWEEN BLUE POOL ROAD AND VILLAGE ROAD. SHAN KWONG ROAD BETWEEN VILLAGE ROAD AND WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD AND EASTBOUND QUEEN’S ROAD EAST BETWEEN STUBBS ROAD AND MORRISON HILL ROAD.

A TAXI STAND WILL BE DESIGNATED AT 01 KWAN ROAD NEAR THE JUNCTION OF SUNG TAK STREET.

HOWEVER, THE TAXI STAND AT BLUE POOL ROAD WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 AM TO 7 PM FOR DAY MEETINGS AND FROM 5 PM TO 12 MIDNIGHT FOR EVENING MEETINGS.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG *****

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT STARTING FROM TODAY (MONDAY). CERTAIN SECTIONS OF ROADS IN KWUN TONG WILL BE SUBJECT TO A SPEED LIMIT OF 70 KILOMETRES PER HOUR.

THESE ROADS ARE:

THE FLYOVER LINKING JUNK BAY ROAD SOUTHBOUND WITH THE UNNAMED ROAD ADJOINING WAI YIP STREET BETWEEN ITS NORTHERN END AT JUNK BAY ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 240 METRES FROM WAI YIP STREET.

THE FLYOVER LINKING THE UNNAMED ROAD ADJOINING WAI YIP STREET WITH LEI YUE MUN ROAD EASTBOUND BETWEEN ITS EASTERN END AT LEI YUE MUN ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 240 METRES FROM WAI YIP STREET.

THE FLYOVER LINKING LEI YUE MUN ROAD WESTBOUND WITH THE UNNAMED ROAD ADJOINING WAI YIP STREET BETWEEN ITS EASTERN END AT LEI YUE MUN ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 270 METRES FROM WAI YIP STREET.

THE FLYOVER LINKING JUNK BAY ROAD SOUTHBOUND WITH CHA KWO LING ROAD NORTHBOUND BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 220 METRES SOUTH OF ITS NORTHERN END AT JUNK BAY ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 370 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME END.

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AT THE SAME TIME. CERTAIN ROAD SECTIONS IN KWUN TONG WILL BE

DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS 24 HOURS DAILY.

THESE ROADS ARE:

THE FLYOVER LINKING JUNK BAY ROAD SOUTHBOUND WITH THE UNNAMED ROAD ADJOINING WAI YIP STREET.

THE UNNAMED ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH WAI YIP STREET AND THE WESTERN END OF THE FLYOVER AS SPECIFIED IN THE ABOVE PARAGRAPH.

THE FLYOVER LINKING LEI YUE MUN ROAD WESTBOUND WITH THE UNNAMED ROAD ADJOINING WAI YIP STREET.

THE FLYOVER LINKING THE UNNAMED ROAD ADJOINING WAI YIP STREET WITH LEI YUE MUN ROAD EASTBOUND.

THE UNNAMED ROAD BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH WAI YIP STREET AND THE WESTERN END OF THE FLYOVER AS SPECIFIED IN THE ABOVE PARAGRAPH.

THE SECTION OF WAI YIP STREET EASTBOUND BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT SEVEN METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH KING YIP STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 35 METRES EAST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

THE FLYOVER LINKING JUNK BAY ROAD SOUTHBOUND WITH CHA KWO LING ROAD NORTHBOUND BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 220 METRES SOUTH OF ITS NORTHERN END AT JUNK BAY ROAD AND ITS WESTERN END AT CHA KWO LING ROAD.

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

IN ADDITION. CERTAIN ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE DESIGNATED AS PUBLIC LIGHT BUS BAN ZONES 24 HOURS DAILY.

THESE ROADS ARE:

THE FLYOVER LINKING JUNK BAY ROAD SOUTHBOUND WITH THE UNNAMED ROAD ADJOINING WAI YIP STREET FROM A POINT ABOUT 200 METRES SOUTH OF ITS NORTHERN END AT JUNK BAY ROAD.

THE FLYOVER LINKING LEI YUE MUN ROAD WESTBOUND WITH THE UNNAMED ROAD ADJOINING WAI YIP STREET.

THE FLYOVER LINKING THE UNNAMED ROAD ADJOINING WAI YIP STREET WITH LEI YUE MUN ROAD EASTBOUND.

ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES. EXCEPT THOSE WITH PERMITS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT. WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE BAN ZONES.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN SAI KUNG TOWN

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 20). TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED TO FACILITATE TRAFFIC CIRCULATION IN SAI KUNG TOWN.

THE ARRANGEMENTS ARE:

YI CHUN STREET FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH MAN NIN STREET TO A POINT ABOUT 55 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY EASTBOUND: MAN NIN STREET BETWEEN MONA FONG GOVERNMENT CLINIC AND ROAD L7 WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND: AND ROAD L7 WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY WESTBOUND.

THE GREEN MINIBUS STANDS FOR NEW TERRITORIES ROUTES 2 AND 3 AT THE SAI KUNG TOWN PLB (SCHEDULED SERVICE) TERMINUS WILL BE RELOCATED TO ROAD L7. WHILE THE STAND FOR ROUTE 4 WILL BE RELOCATED TO YI CHUN STREET.

AT THE SAME TIME, NT GREEN MINIBUS ROUTES 2, 3 AND 4 WILL BE OPERATED VIA PO TUNG ROAD, MAN NIN STREET AND ROAD L7.

THE TAXI STAND ON THE SECTION OF MAN NIN STREET AT THE WATERFRONT WILL BE RELOCATED TO YI CHUN STREET.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT SIU LEK YUEN ROAD IN SHA TIN BETWEEN KWONG SIN STREET AND SHA TIN WAI ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FOR FIVE NIGHTS BETWEEN 10 PM AND 6 AM THE NEXT MORNING FROM WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 20 TO 24).

THE CLOSURE IS TO FACILITATE THE CONSTRUCTION OF TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL AND ITS APPROACHES IN SHA TIN.

DURING THE CLOSURE. MOTORISTS ON THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF SIU LEK YUEN ROAD HEADING FOR CITY ONE, SHA TIN, WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE KWONG SIN STREET, AN UNNAMED ROAD AND SHA TIN WAI ROAD BEFORE RE-JOINING SIU LEK YUEN ROAD.

AT THE SAME TIME, MOTORISTS ON THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF SIU LEK YUEN ROAD HEADING FOR WONG NAI TAU WILL BE DIVERTED TO USE THE SOUTHBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF SHA TIN WAI ROAD, AN' UNNAMED ROAD AND KWONG SIN STREET BEFORE RE-JOINING SIU LEK YUEN ROAD.

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TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN POK FU LAM t ♦ » t »

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TEMPORARY TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN POK FU LAM FROM 8 AM TO 8 PM DAILY ON WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 20 AND 21) TO FACILITATE ROAD RESURFACING WORK.

THE SLIP-ROAD LEADING FROM POK FU LAM ROAD NORTHBOUND TO POK FU LAM INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC.

VEHICLES ON POK FU LAM ROAD NORTHBOUND HEADING FOR POK FU LAM GARDENS WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CHI FU INTERCHANGE.

VEHICLES OVER THREE TONNES GROSS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE POK FU LAM ROAD SERVICE ROAD NORTH OF POK FU LAM INTERCHANGE FROM POK FU LAM ROAD NORTHBOUND.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT IN ORDER TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS, THE INNER-MOST LANE OF TAI PO ROAD FANLING NORTHBOUND NEAR SHEUNG SHUI ROUNDABOUT FOR A SECTION OF ABOUT 400 METRES WILL BE CLOSED FROM WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 20) TO NOVEMBER 10.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

BRITISH INTERESTS IN HK GO BEYOND 1997 ...................... 1

DEMYSTIFY AND MAKE LAW MORE ACCESSIBLE: AG .................. 1

RESIDENTS CAN TAKE PRIDE IN TUEN MUN ........................ 3

PRODUCT SOPHISTICATION, TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT VITAL TO SUCCESS ....................................................... 4

AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS .............................. 5

DB TO BE BRIEFED ON WALLED CITY CLEARANCE.................... 6

LRT TERMINUS DEVELOPMENT ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA ............. 7

DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS .................. 7

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS PUBLIC TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENT ........ 8

HENG FA CHUEN POST OFFICE OPENS FOR BUSINESS ................ 8

TESTING OF ELECTRONIC PARKING METERS IN KOWLOON ............. 9

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN KWUN TONG ............................ 10

METERING OF PARKING SPACES IN SHA TIN ....................... 10

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BRITISH INTERESTS IN HK GO BEYOND 19 t ♦ i t t

BOTH BRITISH BUSINESS AND THt UNITED KINGDOM GOVERNMENT HAVE LONG TERM CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE OF HONG KONG AND THEIR INTERESTS IN THE TERRITORY GO BEYOND 1997. THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR FOREIGN \ND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS. MR FRANCIS MAUDE. SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

"AND THAT \ FRY MUCH PART OF M’j VISIT TO HONG KONG THIS WEEK IS TO STRESS THAT OUR INTEREST IN HONG KONG DOESN’T FINISH IN 1997. IT CONTINUES AFTER THAT. HF SAID.

MR MAUDE WAS SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER VISITING A BRITISH-OWNED FACTORY. COATES BROTHERS (HONG KONG) LTD. IN THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE.

HE NOTED THAT THERE HAD BEEN NEW BRITISH INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG SINCE HIS VISIT TO THE TAI PO INDUSTRIAL ESTATE LAST YEAR WHEN HE WAS A MINISTER AT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE AND INDUSTRY.

THIS SHOWED THE EXTENT OF INVOLVEMENT BY BRITISH BUSINESS IN THE HONG KONG ECONOMY ALTHOUGH NOT ALWAYS IN WAYS AS VISIBLE AS DIRECT INVESTMENT IN THE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY. HE ADDED.

ACCOMPANIED BY THE SENIOR BRITISH TRADE COMMISSIONER, MR PETER HEAP, MR MAUDE TOURED COATES BROTHERS (HONG KONG) LTD WHICH SPECIALISED IN THE PRODUCTION OF PRINTING INKS. METAL COATINGS AND PRINTING PRODUCTS.

EARLIER IN THE AFTERNOON, MR MAUDE VISITED ANOTHER BRITISH-OWNED FACTORY, THOMAS DE LA RUE (HONG KONG) LIMITED, A BANKNOTE PRINTING PLANT IN THE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE.

THE PLANT IS THE WORLD’S LARGEST SECURITY PRINTER WHICH PRINTS BANKNOTES FOR OVER 70 COUNTRIES.

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THE ATTORNEY GENERAL. MR JEREMY MATHEWS. SAID THE LAW MUST BE DEMYSTIFIED AND MADE MORE ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC.

SPEAKING AT THE 11TH LAWASIA CONFERENCE TODAY (TUESDAY) ON THE ACCESSIBILITY OF THE LAW, MR MATHEWS SAID: "WE MUST STRIVE TO DEMYSTIFY THE LAW. TO RENDER IT INTO PLAIN LANGUAGE. TO EXPLAIN ITS WORKINGS AT ALL TURNS AND TO HUMANISE AND SOFTEN ITS FREQUENTLY AUSTERE AND AT TIMES FRIGHTENING FACE.”

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THE LAW MUST NEVER BE SEEN TO BE REMOTE, ALIEN, MYSTERIOUS AND LAWYERS TO BE SEEN AS ITS ARCANE ADEPTS. HE SAID.

MR MATHEWS SAID THE RULE OF LAW RESTED. ULTIMATELY, NOT UPON THE HOPES AND ENDEAVOURS OF JUDGES AND LAWYERS, BUT UPON THE RESPECT THAT IT ENJOYED IN THE EYES OF THE COMMUNITY.

"IF THE COMMUNITY (WHOM OF COURSE THE LAW SERVES) FEELS THAT THE LAW IS REMOTE FROM THEIR LIVES OR, EVEN WORSE, IS HOSTILE TO THEIR PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS, THEIR FREEDOM TO DEVELOP THEIR POTENTIAL, THEIR CAPACITY FOR IMPROVEMENT, THEN THE LAW WILL CEASE TO HAVE THE RESPECT OF THE PEOPLE AND THEN WHAT PRICE THE RULE OF LAW?

"SO IT BEHOVES US ALL TO STRIVE AT ALL TIMES IN ALL THE WAYS WE PRACTISE OUR PROFESSION TO CARRY THOSE WHOM WE SERVE WITH US BY MAKING THE LAW MORE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL.”

MR MATHEWS SAID HIS PAPER TABLED AT THE CONFERENCE ON "THE LANGUAGE OF THE LAW: THE HONG KONG EXPERIENCE" DESCRIBED SOME ASPECT OF THE LAW’S ACCESSIBILITY IN HONG KONG.

THE PAPER DEALS WITH THE ADVENT OF LAWS BEING PRODUCED BILINGUALLY. DISCUSSES THE WAYS IN WHICH, HOPEFULLY, CHINESE CAN BE USED MORE EXTENSIVELY IN THE COURTS AND ALSO ADDRESSES THE PLAN TO PRODUCE BILINGUAL LAWYERS.

"IT IS IMPORTANT TO SEE THESE DEVELOPMENTS IN THE BROADER CONTEXT." MR MATHEWS SAID.

"THE DEMANDS FOR MORE AND BETTER LANGUAGE SKILLS, IN BOTH ENGLISH AND CHINESE. RUN ACROSS THE ENTIRE SPECTRUM OF LIFE IN HONG KONG, AS THIS VIBRANT COMMUNITY TAKES HONG KONG INTO THE FOREFRONT OF THE WORLD OF INTERNATIONAL FINANCE. COMMERCE AND BANKING.

"IT IS, I BELIEVE, VITALLY IMPORTANT THE LAW KEEPS ABREAST OF THIS TREND. WHICH RECOGNISES HONG KONG'S ESSENTIALLY BILINGUAL CHARACTER."

HE SAID THE BILINGUAL LAWS PROGRAMME WAS AN "EXCITING" CHALLENGE. IT WOULD INVOLVE THE PRODUCTION OF CHINESE TEXTS FOR ALL NEW STATUTES AS WELL AS FOR THE EXISTING STATUTE BOOK CONTAINING MORE THAN 20,000 PAGES OF ENGLISH TEXT.

HE SAID THE AIM OF THE PROGRAMME WAS THE ULTIMATE GOAL OF ACCESSIBILITY, "TO ARRIVE AT A SITUATION WHERE ANY MEMBER OF THE COMMUNITY CAN, IF HE OR SHE SO WISHES. TURN TO THE STATUTE BOOK TO READ THE LAW IN HIS OR HER OWN LANGUAGE."

THIS CHALLENGE HAS REQUIRED THE MOBILISATION OF MANY HUMAN RESOURCES.

FIRSTLY, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S CHAMBERS HAS HAD TO BUILD UP A TEAM OF BILINGUAL DRAFTSMEN BACKED BY A CORPS OF HIGHLY SKILLED TRANSLATORS COUPLED WITH A TEAM OF PARA-LEGALS INCLUDING PROOFREADERS, CLERICAL OFFICERS AND CALLIGRAPHISTS TRAINED IN THE USE OF CHINESE-LANGUAGE WORD PROCESSORS.

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"IN ALL, SOME 34 PEOPLE ARE ENGAGED IN THE LAW DRAFTSMEN'S OFFICE IN THE FRONTLINE PRODUCTION OF BILINGUAL LAWS," MR MATHEWS SAID.

"IN PUTTING TOGETHER THIS IMPRESSIVE AND DEDICATED GROUP WE HAD NO MODELS TO FOLLOW, NO EASY PRECEDENTS TO ADOPT: WE HAD TO DEVISE OUR OWN SCHEME. OUR OWN ORTHODOXY, OUR OWN TRAINING METHODS."

SECONDLY, THE LEGISLATURE ITSELF HAS HAD TO DEVOTE A SIGNIFICANT PART OF ITS OWN RESOURCES AND TIME TO THE SCRUTINY OF BILINGUAL LAWS.

"THE MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL AND THE SECRETARIAT OF THE COUNCIL HAVE. IN A SERIOUS AND HIGH-MINDED WAY, RESPONDED TO THIS CHALLENGE.

"NO ONE WHO HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE BILINGUAL LAWS PROGRAMME CAN FAIL TO BE IMPRESSED BY THE ZEAL AND CARE DEVOTED BY MEMBERS OF THE LEGISLATURE IN THEIR CAREFUL SCRUTINY OF BILLS IN CHINESE INTRODUCED FOR ENACTMENT." HE SAID.

MR MATHEWS SAID THE BILINGUAL LAWS ADVISORY COMMITTEE WAS YET ANOTHER GROUP WHICH HAD PLAYED A SIGNIFICANT PART IN THE BILINGUAL LAWS PROGRAMME.

HE SAID THIS GROUP OF DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS, LINGUISTS AND LAWYERS ADVISED ON THE CHINESE TEXTS OF EXISTING ORDINANCES ENACTED IN ENGLISH.

THOSE WHO HAVE EVER BEEN INVOLVED IN TRANSLATION WILL APPRECIATE THE DIFFICULTIES, ALMOST METAPHYSICAL IN QUALITY IN TRANSLATING ACCURATELY, SAY, THE EXPRESSION 'CHOSE IN ACTION' AND HOW DO YOU ACHIEVE THE CORRECT SHADES OF MEANING BETWEEN 'CARELESSLY , 'NEGLIGENTLY' AND 'RECKLESSLY' - QUESTIONS THAT HAVE PERPLEXED ENGLISH JURISTS FOR YEARS.

"IT SPEAKS VOLUMES FOR THE DEDICATION AND PROFESSIONALISM OF THE COMMISSION THAT THEY HAVE THROWN THEMSELVES INTO THIS TASK WITH IMMENSE VIGOUR AND DETERMINATION," MR MATHEWS SAID.

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DEVELOPMENTS OF TUEN MUN,

TUEN MUN RESIDENTS CAN PRIDE THEMSELVES ON THE AND ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE NEW TOWN, THE DISTRICT OFFICER MR JOHN WAN, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

MR WAN, A PRESIDENT OF THIS YEAR'S TUEN MUN FESTIVAL, WAS SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE FESTIVAL DETAILS.

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"AFTER MORE THAN 10 YEARS OF RAPID DEVELOPMENT, TUEN MUN HAS BECOME A FLOURISHING AND PROSPEROUS NEW TOWN. WITH THE RESIDENTS ENJOYING A MODERN WAY OF LIFE AND PROPER COMMUNAL. EDUCATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL FACILITIES." MR WAN SAID.

HE SAID THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL WOULD SYMBOLISE ALL THESE ACHIEVEMENTS AND HELP TO FOSTER FURTHER A SENSE OF BELONGING AMONG RESIDENTS.

ON FESTIVAL PROGRAMMES, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR HENRY CHAN, SAID ABOUT 100 ACTIVITIES WOULD BE HELD.

THESE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE AN ART FAIR, AN EXHIBITION OF ANCIENT POTTERY, VARIOUS DISPLAYS, SLIDE SHOWS, FILMS, CONCERTS, CONTESTS, VARIETY SHOWS, CIVIL EDUCATION PROGRAMMES, FAMILY EVENTS AND SPORTS EVENTS.

THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TUEN MUN FESTIVAL '89 WILL BE HELD AT THE CULTURAL SQUARE OUTSIDE THE TUEN MUN TOWN HALL AT 2 PM ON OCTOBER 14.

THE SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, MR DONALD LIAO, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE CEREMONY.

THE MONTH-LONG FESTIVAL WILL COME TO A SPECTACULAR CLOSE ON NOVEMBER 9 WHEN A GRAND CARNIVAL AND A FIREWORKS "EXTRAVAGANZA" WILL BE HELD.

THE DISPLAY WILL BEGIN AT THE TUEN MUN GOLD COAST AT 9 PM. THE FIREWORKS SHOULD BE CLEARLY VISIBLE FROM BUTTERFLY BAY, ON TING, YAU 01, NEW AND OLD CAFETERIA BEACHES, THE BEAULIEU PENINSULA AND PEARL ISLAND. IT WILL ALSO BE BROADCAST LIVE ON TELEVISION.•

THE EXPENDITURE ON THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL IS S2 MILLION, THE HIGHEST IN THE 12 YEARS THAT THE ANNUAL FESTIVALS HAVE BEEN HELD.

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PRODUCT SOPHISTICATION AND TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT ARE VITAL TO THE SUCCESS OF HONG KONG’S EXPORTS. THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY. MR JOHN CHAN. SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 7TH HONG KONG JEWELLERY AND WATCH FAIR THIS MORNING, MR CHAN SAID THE GROWTH OF HONG KONG'S WATCH AND JEWELLERY INDUSTRY WAS ANOTHER GOOD EXAMPLE OF INCREASING DIVERSIFICATION OF THE TERRITORY’S MANUFACTURING BASE.

IN 1988, DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF WATCHES AND JEWELLERY ITEMS AMOUNTED TO A TOTAL VALUE OF «23 BILLION, ACCOUNTING FOR 11 PER CENT OF HONG KONG’S TOTAL DOMESTIC EXPORTS AND REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 23 PER CENT IN VALUE TERMS OVER 1987.

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’’GIVEN THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S CONTINUAL FREE TRADE POLICY AND THE ENTERPRISING SPIRIT OF HONG KONG’S BUSINESSMEN. THERE IS EVERY REASON TO BELIEVE THAT THIS UPWARD TREND WILL BE SUSTAINED IN THE FORTHCOMING YEARS.” MR CHAN SAID.

HE PRAISED THE EFFORTS MADE BY LOCAL MANUFACTURERS AND TRADERS IN OPENING UP NEW MARKETS. WHILE MAINTAINING CONSIDERABLE GROWTH IN EXISTING ONES.

THE UNITED STATES. BEING THE LARGEST MARKET, TAKES IN SLIGHTLY MORE THAN ONE-THIRD OF OUR WATCH AND JEWELLERY: WHILE THE REMAINING TWO-THIRDS ARE BEING EXPORTED TO A WIDE RANGE OF MARKETS, INCLUDING IN PARTICULAR WEST GERMANY. JAPAN, THE UNITED KINGDOM AND OTHER EUROPEAN COUNTRIES.

MR CHAN SAID THERE WAS A REMARKABLE INCREASE IN HONG KONG’S EXPORTS TO THE ASIAN PACIFIC MARKETS. THE EXPORT OF COMPLETE WATCHES TO JAPAN. FOR EXAMPLE, INCREASED BY 18 PER CENT IN 1987 AND BY A FURTHER 49 PER CENT IN 1988.

’’TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE HUGE MARKET POTENTIAL OF THE ASIAN PACIFIC REGION. HONG KONG WILL DEFINITELY EMERGE AS A MAJOR PLAYER, HE SAID.

HE SAID THE GOVERNMENT. WHILE MAINTAINING THE POLICY OF POSITIVE NON-INTERVENTION. WOULD CONTINUE TO PROVIDE APPROPRIATE SUPPORT. LIKE IN RESEARCH AND PROMOTION, IF AND WHEN CIRCUMSTANCES JUSTIFIED.

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AUCTION OF SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS ♦ t t t ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ANOTHER AUCTION OF SPECIAL

VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 23) AT THE CITY

HALL RECITAL HALL. THE AUCTION WILL BEGIN AT 10 AM.

A TOTAL OF 40 SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR

BIDDING . THEY ARE:

EB9888 EC168 EC3 AA172

EC350 EC8060 EC8882 EB8120

EA787 EA280 EC603 DD32

EC1516 DT666 EC1688 EC1012

CN6688 EC190 EC377 EC1737

BZ167 EC3639 2992 EB9285

EB123 AC468 EC817 488

EC5251 EC3778 EC1978 EB7971

EC930 HK61 EC2326 EC1301

AH 1800 EC1368 EB181 EC1128

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SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS MUST PAY BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING.

A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN REMINDED BIDDERS VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBER WOULD BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDER WITHIN 12

THAT THE A VEHICLE MONTHS OF

THE AUCTION.

THE CERTIFICATE OF INCORPORATION MUST BE PRODUCED IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE AUCTION IF THE VEHICLE REGISTRATION MARK IS TO BE REGISTERED UNDER THE NAME OF A BODY CORPORATE.

PROCEEDS OF THE AUCTION WILL AS USUAL GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND.

THE COMING AUCTION WILL BE THE 142ND ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973.

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THE DEPUTY SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS (SPECIAL DUTIES). MR LUI HAU-TUEN. WILL BRIEF THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD ON THE PROGRESS OF THE WALLED CITY CLEARANCE AT THE BOARD’S MEETING ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 21).

THE MEETING WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE PROBLEMS CAUSED BY CONFUSING NUMBERING OF BUILDINGS AND Til! PHENOMENON OF SOME PREMISES EARMARKED FOR COMMUNITY USES IN WHAMPOA GARDEN BEING LEFT VACANT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 21) IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM. 141 KAU PUI LUNG ROAD, TO KWA WAN.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.15 PM.

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LRT TERMINUS DEVELOPMENT ON DB COMMITTEE AGENDA t » ♦ » »

THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S TOWN PLANNING AND AREA DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE WILL BE INFORMED OF THE PROPOSED SUPERSTRUCTURE AND PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT OVER THE LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT YUEN LONG TERMINUS AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE LRT WILL ATTEND THE MEETING.

UNDER THE PROPOSAL. THERE WILL BE A GROUND LEVEL LRT INTERCHANGE WITH ASSOCIATED FACILITIES, A THREE-LEVEL PODIUM COVERING THE LRT INTERCHANGE. AND FIVE RESIDENTIAL BLOCKS STANDING ON TOP OF THE PODIUM.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE BRIEFED ON THE LATEST SITUATION CONCERNING THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE YUEN LONG INDUSTRIAL ESTATE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD’S TOWN PLANNING AND AREA DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM. 13TH FLOOR. TAI KIU GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING. 2 KIU LOK SQUARE. YUEN LONG.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 3 PM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS

THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE. RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE WILL CONSIDER AN APPLICATION FOR FUNDS TO ORGANISE THE BUTTERFLY BAY FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

IN ADDITION. THE MEETING WILL CONSIDER A TOTAL OF 74 APPLICATIONS FROM LOCAL ORGANISATIONS FOR FUNDS TO HOLD VARIOUS COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE. RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR, TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES. 1 TUEN HI ROAD. TUEN MUN.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 19. 1989

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS PUBLIC TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENT

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MEMBERS OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE WILL EXPRESS THEIR VIEWS ON THE DRAFT 1990-91 PUBLIC TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT AT THE COMMITTEE’S MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

SENIOR TRANSPORT OFFICER (PUBLIC TRANSPORT PLANNING/NEW TERRITORIES EAST) OF THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT. MR CHARLES LAU. WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE DRAFT PROGRAMME.

A DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER WILL ASK ABOUT THE PROPOSED SHUTTLE BUS ROUTE 70A PLYING BETWEEN TIN PING ESTATE AND TAI PING ESTATE. SHEUNG SHUI. VIA THE SHEUNG SHUI RAILWAY STATION.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO CONSIDER A REQUEST TO DESIGNATE THE SECTION OF JOCKEY CLUB ROAD FACING TIN PING ESTATE AS A 24-HOUR NON-RESTRICTED ZONE FOR BOARDING AND ALIGHTING OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT PASSENGERS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE. JOCKEY CLUB ROAD. FANLING.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM.

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A NEW HENG FA CHUEN POST OFFICE LOCATED ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF THE WEST CARPARK BLOCK OF HENG FA CHUEN ON HONG KONG ISLAND, OPENED FOR BUSINESS AT NOON TODAY (TUESDAY), BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF POST OFFICES IN HONG KONG TO 108.

A CEREMONY WAS HELD AT 11 AM TODAY TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE POST OFFICE.

OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WERE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR SHUM CHOI-SANG; THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, MR DOMINIC WONG; AND THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GARY YEUNG.

A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE HENG FA CHUEN POST OFFICE PROVIDES THE NORMAL RANGE OF COUNTER SERVICES.

ITS BUSINESS HOURS ARE FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM AND FROM 2.15 PM TO 5 PM MONDAY TO FRIDAY, AND FROM 9 AM TO 1 PM ON SATURDAY.

THE TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 5-8965638.

TUESDAY. SEPTEMBER 19, 1989

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TESTING OF ELECTRONIC PARKING METERS IN KOWLOON

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THE FIELD TEST OF ELECTRONIC PARKING METERS WILL BE EXTENDED TO KOWLOON FROM THURSDAY I SEPTEMBER 21).

A TOTAL OF 25 OFF-STREET ELECTRONIC PARKING METERS INSTALLED IN A SECTION OF TEMPLE STREET. BETWEEN JORDAN ROAD AND AUSTIN ROAD. IN YAU MA TEI WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC USE WITH EFFECT FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY.

YAU MA TEI DISTRICT HAD BEEN CHOSEN BECAUSE IT WAS A BUSY COMMERCIAL AND RESIDENTIAL AREA WHERE THERE WAS A HIGH DEMAND FOR PARKING METERS. A TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID.

HENCE IT WOULD BE EASIER FOR THE DEPARTMENT TO ASSESS THE RELIABILITY AND PUBLIC ACCEPTENCE OF THE NEW PARKING METERS. HE ADDED.

THE FIELD TEST WILL LAST FOR NINE TO 12 MONTHS AND WILL BE CLOSELY MONITORED. AND REVIEWED BY THE DEPARTMENT REGULARLY.

ELECTRONIC PARKING METERS WERE INTRODUCED FOR FIELD TESTING IN WAN CHAI ON HONG KONG ISLAND IN FEBRUARY THIS YEAR. THE FIELD TEST WILL BE EXTENDED TO THE NEW TERRITORIES LATER THIS YEAR.

AT PRESENT. THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT OPERATES ABOUT 15,000 MECHANICAL PARKING METERS WHICH HAVE BEEN GENERALLY RELIABLE.

ELECTRONIC PARKING METERS ARE DESCRIBED AS MORE RELIABLE AND CAN PROVIDE MANAGEMENT INFORMATION THROUGH ELECTRONIC DATA RETRIEVAL. THEY ARE POWERED BY BATTERIES WHICH WILL LAST FOR A YEAR AND WILL BE FITTED INTO THE EXISTING CASTINGS.

THE ELECTRONIC PARKING METERS ARE SIMILAR TO THE MECHANICAL METERS IN APPEARANCE. BUT THE HANDLE OPERATES DIFFERENTLY. THE ELECTRONIC PARKING METERS ARE ACTIVATED BY PUSHING THE HANDLE INSTEAD OF TURNING THE HANDLE IN A CLOCKWISE DIRECTION. THE AMOUNT OF PARKING TIME IS DISPLAYED BY A DIGITAL READOUT.

THE PARKING CHARGES AND OPERATING HOURS OF THE ELECTRONIC PARKING METERS WILL REMAIN THE SAME. S2 PER 30 MINUTES FROM 8 AM TO MIDNIGHT EVERY DAY EXCEPT SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1989

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN KWUN TONG ♦ ♦ t ♦ ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10.30 PM ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 21), THE FLYOVER LINKING THE UNNAMED ROAD ADJOINING WAI YIP STREET WITH LEI YUE MUN ROAD EASTBOUND IN KWUN TONG WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC.

ALL CYCLISTS. PEDESTRIANS AND MOTOR VEHICLES DRIVEN BY LEARNER DRIVERS WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE FLYOVER.

METERING OF PARKING SPACES IN SHA TIN ♦ ♦♦♦♦♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 21). TWO-HOUR PARKING METERS INSTALLED AT THE 43 PARKING SPACES AT THE CARPARK FRONTING TAI WAI NEW VILLAGE. SHA TIN. WILL BECOME OPERATIONAL.

THE PARKING METERS WILL OPERATE DAILY. EXCEPT ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS. BETWEEN 8 AM AND 8 PM. THE PARKING FEE WILL BE $1 PER 30 MINUTES.

DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN - SUPPLEMENT

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

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 1989

TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE GIVEN BY THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS, MR FRANCIS MAUDE, ON

SEPTEMBER 19, 1?&9

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MINISTER OF STATE GIVES PRESS CONFERENCE * * * * *

THE FOLLOWING IS A FULL TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRESS CONFERENCE GIVEN BY THE MINISTER OF STATE FOR FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS. MR FRANCIS MAUDE ON SEPTEMBER 19. 1989:

MR FRANCIS MAUDE: GOOD EVENING TO YOU ALL. I SAID WHEN I ARRIVED ON SUNDAY. THAT 1 HAD NOT COME TO HONG KONG BEARING MESSAGES. THAT REMAINS THE CASE AND IF I CAME WITH AN EMPTY BAG, I’M CERTAINLY RETURNING WITH ONE FULL OF LASTING IMPRESSIONS FROM MY DISCUSSIONS HERE.

AS YOU WOULD EXPECT. MY TALKS WITH THE GOVERNOR AND ALL HIS TOP ADVISERS HAVE BEEN PARTICULARLY IMPORTANT. ON MY PREVIOUS VISIT. NEARLY A YEAR AGO. I HAD SEEN MUCH OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE TERRITORY, BUT EVEN AS WE FLEW IN ON SUNDAY EVENING, I COULD SEE DRAMATIC CHANGES FROM A YEAR AGO. HONG KONG IS CONTINUING TO DEVELOP AT A BREATHTAKING PACE AND THAT IS THE BEST POSSIBLE AUGURY FOR THE FUTURE.

I WAS ABLE TO MEET HERE WITH NO FEWER THAN FOURTEEN PRESSURE GROUPS TO HEAR THEIR PARTICULAR CONCERNS AND THAT WAS AN EXERCISE WHICH I FOUND VALUABLE. MY MEETINGS WITH OMELCO, WITH EXCO, WITH THE CIVIL SERVICE UNIONS AND WITH COMMUNITY LEADERS. ENABLED ME TO HEAR AT FIRST HAND THEIR DEEPLY HELD CONCERNS ON ISSUES SUCH AS NATIONALITY. PACE OF POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT AND THE BASIC LAW. SIMILAR THEMES ALSO EMERGED IN THE DISCUSSIONS I HELD WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE BUSINESS AND INDUSTRIAL COMMUNITY.

NOW. ON THE ISSUE OF NATIONALITY. MANY HAVE ASKED ME WHEN WE WILL BE ABLE TO ANNOUNCE DECISIONS. WE’VE SAID WHAT OUR AIM IS. TO GIVE PEOPLE IN THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS WHOSE SKILLS ARE ESSENTIAL FOR HONG KONG’S CONTINUED SUCCESS, THE CONFIDENCE TO REMAIN. WE ARE NOW WORKING HARD ON THE DETAILS. AS HAS ALREADY BEEN SAID. THERE IS NO WAY IN WHICH WE CAN COVER EVERYBODY. THERE WILL HAVE TO BE SOME PROCESS OF SELECTION BUT WE ARE WORKING HARD TO GET THAT PACKAGE RIGHT.

NOW I’M MOST GRATEFUL TO THE GOVERNOR, AND TO HIS COLLEAGUES AND STAFF. FOR ARRANGING THIS VERY FULL PROGRAMME. I’VE BEEN ABLE TO HEAR, DURING THE COURSE OF THIS SHORT TWO DAYS -- TOO SHORT TWO DAYS -- A BROAD RANGE OF OPINION ARTICULATED WITH CONVICTION. CLARITY AND MODERATION.

FINALLY. THE ISSUE OF THE BOAT PEOPLE. IF I NEEDED CONVINCING THAT THE BURDEN WHICH IS BEING CARRIED BY HONG KONG WAS BECOMING INTOLERABLE, MY TRIP YESTERDAY TO HEI LING CHAU, CONVINCED ME. AND I ALSO SAW FURTHER EVIDENCE WHEN WE FLEW OVER WHITEHEAD AND SHEK KONG. IT’S AN ISSUE WHICH IS OF UNIQUE IMPORTANCE TO ALL OF THOSE WHO I SPOKE TO IN HONG KONG. IT’S OF THE HIGHEST IMPORTANCE FOR US IN THE UK GOVERNMENT ALSO.

/NOW THE .......

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NOW THE VOLUNTARY PROGRAMME OF REPATRIATION ALONE IS MOST UNLIKELY TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM. THOSE WHO HAVING BEEN SCREENED ARE FOUND NOT TO BE REFUGEES MUST GO BACK TO VIETNAM. THERE IS NO DISAGREEMENT AMONG THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ON THIS. THERE IS NOWHERE ELSE FOR THEM TO GO. BUT THE REPATRIATION EXERCISE MUST SUCCEED. IT’S THE ONLY HUMANE ANSWER. WE CLEARLY NEED TO GET IT RIGHT WITH THE VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT AND WE’D PREFER TO HAVE THE FULL SUPPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. NOW I KNOW THAT PATIENCE IS WEARING THIN, BUT THE AIM MUST BE A LASTING SOLUTION TO THIS TRAGIC PROBLEM AND THAT IS WHAT WE ARE WORKING ON, URGENTLY.

AFTER MY DISCUSSIONS YESTERDAY WITH SENIOR LEADERS OF THE COMMUNITY. THIS PHRASE WAS USED: "THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF A NEW PARTNERSHIP". WE’VE TALKED TOGETHER. IN THE COURSE OF THESE TWO DAYS IN THE MOST FRIENDLY AND OPEN WAY. I’M PROUD TO BELONG TO THIS PARTNERSHIP. OUR FIRST TASK IS TO BUILD SECURELY FOR THE LONG TERM FUTURE FOR HONG KONG. WE HAVE FAITH IN HONG KONG’S LONG TERM FUTURE. THANK YOU.

CLAUDIA MO (AFP): COULD YOU GIVE US SOME ROUGH IDEA ON♦ SAY, SOME SORT OF TIME FRAME AS TO WHEN WE CAN HEAR SOMETHING CONCRETE FROM LONDON ON THE PASSPORT ISSUE?

MR MAUDE: WELL, I CAN’T GIVE YOU A CONCRETE ANSWER. WE ARE WORKING ON IT VERY HARD AND WE HOPE TO HAVE AN ANSWER BEFORE LONG. BUT IT WILL BE A LITTLE TIME YET.

CLAUDIA MO: HOW LONG?

MR MAUDE: AND IT WON’T BE NEXT WEEK.

CLAUDIA MO: A COUPLE OF MONTHS?

MR MAUDE: IT WON’T BE -- HOW LONG?

CLAUDIA MO: SEVERAL MONTHS?

MR MAUDE: NO, IT WON’T BE SEVERAL MONTHS. BUT IT WON’T BE VERY QUICKLY EITHER.

TONY FLORES (COMMERCIAL RADIO): MR MAUDE. YOU HAVE SAID CHINA SHOULD TAKE THE LEAD IN SOLVING THE CONFIDENCE CRISIS IN HONG KONG. WHAT WILL BRITAIN DO? CAN YOU GIVE US SOME SPECIFIC EXAMPLES?

MR MAUDE: AT WHAT BRITAIN CAN DO?

TONY FLORES: YES.

MR MAUDE: WELL, I THINK THERE’S CLEARLY THE NATIONALITY ISSUE WHICH IS AN IMPORTANT ONE, AND AS I SAY. WE ARE WORKING ON THAT TO PROVIDE THE BEST ANSWER WE CAN ON THAT. ANOTHER MAJOR CONCERN IS THE BASIC LAW. WE ARE CONCERNED TO PUT HONG KONG’S CONCERNS ON THE BASIC LAW TO THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT, SO THAT THOSE CONCERNS CAN BE ASSIMILATED INTO THE FINAL DRAFT OF THE BASIC LAW. AND I THINK OUR MAIN ROLE IS ACTUALLY. QUIETLY, PERSUASIVELY AND FIRMLY. TO PUT FORWARD HONG KONG’S INTERESTS IN OUR DISCUSSIONS WITH THE CHINESE.

/SALLY BLYTH (RTHK): ..........

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SALLY BLYTH (RTHK): I UNDERSTAND THAT YOU CAN'T ACTUALLY GIVE A TIME-TABLE AS FAR AS THE NATIONALITY PACKAGE IS CONCERNED. BUT HOW FAR DOWN THE ROAD IS IT TO ACTUALLY BEING PUT TOGETHER AND FINALISED? AND TO WHAT EXTENT ARE YOU NOW GOING TO BE ABLE TO INFLUENCE OR CHANGE WHAT HAS ALREADY BEEN DECIDED. IN THE LIGHT OF YOUR VISIT HERE?

MR MAUDE: WELL AS I’VE SAID, THERE IS A LOT OF WORK GOING ON, AND VERY DETAILED WORK GOING ON. AND OBVIOUSLY I AM PRETTY CLOSELY INVOLVED IN THAT WORK. AS YOU WOULD EXPECT. AND THAT WORK WILL CONTINUE. OBVIOUSLY, AFTER I RETURN AND I SHALL BE ABLE TO BRING TO THAT WORK THE EXPERIENCE THAT I’VE GATHERED HERE. WHAT WAS SAID BY THE PRIME MINISTER AND SIR GEOFFREY HOWE IN THE SUMMER REMAINS THE CASE. BUT WITHIN THAT FRAMEWORK THERE IS A LOT OF WORK THAT CAN BE DONE AND WE ARE ANXIOUS TO GET THE PACKAGE RIGHT.

SALLY BLYTH: HAVE YOU BEEN PERSUADED BY THE VIEWS WHICH YOU HAVE HEARD SINCE YOU’VE BEEN HERE THAT PERHAPS BRITAIN SHOULD BE MORE GENEROUS THAN THE PROPOSALS WHICH WERE ALREADY UNDER CONSIDERATION?

MR MAUDE: WELL, AS THE WORK IS STILL CONTINUING, WHAT I CAN SAY IS THAT I AM SURE THAT WE ARE RIGHT TO DO THE WORK TO GET A PACKAGE WHICH IS AS GOOD AS POSSIBLE.

SALLY MAK (EXPRESS): RECENTLY, THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHINA AND BRITAIN IS VERY TENSE. THEY HAVE DIFFERENT OPINIONS ON MANY ISSUES. HOW CAN YOU SOLVE THESE PROBLEMS?

MR MAUDE: WELL, ONLY TIME WILL SOLVE IT, FINALLY. BUT WHAT WE CAN DO IS TO GET DOWN TO DISCUSSIONS WITH THE CHINESE -- WHICH IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT WEEK IN THE RESUMED TALKS IN THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP. WE CAN CONDUCT THOSE TALKS IN A SENSIBLE. FIRM AND OPEN WAY. AND THAT WE SHALL DO.

SALLY MAK: BUT IF THE PROBLEM CANNOT BE SOLVED, WILL THE INTERESTS OF HONG KONG BE SACRIFICED?

MR MAUDE: WELL, BOTH CHINA AND THE UNITED KINGDOM AGREED IN THE JOINT DECLARATION THAT THEY SHOULD WORK TOGETHER TO ASSURE THE LONG TERM FUTURE OF HONG KONG. AND WE SHALL DO THAT, AND I HAVE NO DOUBT THAT CHINA WILL DO THAT.

DEAN NELSON (SUNDAY MORNING POST): THE CHINESE SIDE, MAINLAND OFFICIALS HAVE SAID THAT THE OMELCO MODEL IS UNACCEPTABLE AND OMELCO MEMBERS THEMSELVES HAVE TRIED TO PERSUADE YOU TO TAKE THAT MODEL AND PUSH IT AT THE JLG MEETING. CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT YOUR THOUGHTS ARE ON THAT?

MR MAUDE: WELL, IT IS QUITE CLEAR THAT THERE IS A DESIRE IN THE COMMUNITY HERE FOR THERE TO BE FURTHER PROGRESS TOWARDS DEMOCRACY AND THERE ARE A NUMBER OF MODELS BEING DISCUSSED AND PROMOTED. I’VE STUDIED THE OMELCO MODEL CAREFULLY AND I’VE DISCUSSED IT WITH OMELCO. I’M NOT IN THE BUSINESS OF COMMENTING ON WHAT PEOPLE ARE REPORTED TO HAVE SAID FROM ELSEWHERE. BUT WE ARE CONSIDERING WHAT WE CAN DO AND WE’LL BE TAKING DECISIONS WITH THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT ON THAT BASIS.

/SARAH YUEN (ATV): .....

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SARAH YUEN (ATV): I WONDER. IS IT POSSIBLE TO ASK YOU IF ANYTHING YOU’VE SEEN OR HEARD IN THE PAST FEW DAYS HAS MADE YOU CHANGE YOUR STANCE ON ANYTHING? AND^IF SO. IS IT POSSIBLE TO TELL US WHAT?

MR MAUDE: IT WASN’T REALLY THAT SORT OF VISIT. WHAT IT’S DONE IS TO THROW DIFFERENT LIGHT ON THINGS FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES. AND TO ENABLE ME TO UNDERSTAND ISSUES IN THE ROUND. BECAUSE. AS I SAY. MY PREVIOUS VISIT HERE NEARLY A YEAR AGO, WHEN I HAD DIFFERENT RESPONSIBILITIES. AND WHEN THE SITUATION WAS DIFFERENT IN ANY EVENT. WAS CLEARLY NOT A BASIS ON WHICH I COULD FORM A ROUNDED VIEW. AND SITTING BEHIND A DESK IN WHITEHALL IS NOT EITHER. THE BEST PLACE TO FORM A ROUNDED VIEW. SO I AM ABLE NOW. TO HAVE FILLED OUT MY PERCEPTIONS OF THE PROBLEMS AND THE ISSUES. AND I HOPE TO CONTRIBUTE AS A RESULT OF THAT. TO THE POLICY-MAKING PROCESS.

MARK BRAYNE (BBC): MR MAUDE. YOU SAID IN YOUR STATEMENT THAT THIS WAS THE BEGINNING OF A NEW PARTNERSHIP. SHOULD WE UNDERSTAND FROM THAT. IN SOME WAY. THAT THE PREVIOUS PARTNERSHIP, UNDER EARLIER MANAGEMENT. AS IT WERE. WAS LACKING? AND IF SO, IN WHAT WAY?

MR MAUDE: THIS IS NOT WHAT I SAID. I WAS QUOTING WHAT WAS SAID TO ME.

MARK BRAYNE: DO YOU AGREE?

MR MAUDE: WELL. I MEAN, I HOPE THAT WE CAN START AND WORK TOGETHER IN THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY. WHAT THERE CLEARLY IS, IS A NEW TEAM OF MINISTERS AT THE FOREIGN OFFICE. JOHN MAJOR AND I ARE NEW TO THE FOREIGN OFFICE. WE BOTH ATTACH VERY GREAT IMPORTANCE TO HONG KONG INDEED. WE SHALL WANT TO BUILD ON THE WORK THAT OUR PREDECESSORS HAVE DONE. BUT OF COURSE WE COME TO IT NEW: WE COME TO IT. PERHAPS. WITH FRESH MINDS, AND WANTING TO LOOK AT THE ISSUES OURSELVES.

IF I CAN JUST EXPAND ON THAT. ONE OF THE THINGS WHICH OBVIOUSLY I WANTED TO DO HERE WAS TO MEET PEOPLE AND TALK TO PEOPLE AND BEGIN TO BUILD A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE PEOPLE IN HONG KONG WHO I'VE MET IN THE COURSE OF THESE TWO DAYS. AND WITH WHOM I HOPE I SHALL BE DEALING FOR SOME TIME TO COME.

KAREN CHENG (COMMERCIAL RADIO): A TOP CHINESE OFFICIAL RECENTLY SAID HE DOES NOT THINK THERE IS A CONFIDENCE CRISIS IN HONG KONG. HOW ARE YOU GOING TO CONVINCE THEM THAT THERE IS SUCH A PROBLEM AND THAT SOMETHING MUST BE DONE?

MR MAUDE: WELL, AS I’VE SAID, I AM NOT IN THE BUSINESS OF COMMENTING ON WHAT OTHERS ARE REPORTED TO HAVE SAID. AS I SAID WHEN I CAME HERE ON SUNDAY EVENING. THE FACT THAT CONFIDENCE WAS DAMAGED HERE AS A RESULT OF WHAT HAPPENED IN THE BEGINNING OF JUNE, IS SIMPLY A HISTORICAL FACT, AND I DID NO MORE THAN STATE THE FACT.

FUNG WAI-KONG (ASIAWEEK): MR MINISTER. YESTERDAY YOU MET THE PRESSURE GROUP LEADERS. YOU ASKED THEM THAT IF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT DOES SOMETHING WHICH THE CHINESE DON'T LIKE, WHAT WILL THE REACTION OF THE HONG KONG PEOPLE BE? ARE THE BRITISH GOING TO DO SOMETHING WHICH THE CHINESE DON’T LIKE?

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MR MAUDE t WELL. WHAT I WILL SAY ABOUT THAT IS THAT WE'LL TAKE DECISIONS AS THEY COME - THAT IS WHAT WE’VE DONE THROUGHOUT. WE HAVE AT NO STAGE FLINCHED FROM TAKING DIFFICULT DECISIONS IF DIFFICULT DECISIONS HAVE TO BE TAKEN. I HOPE WE ALWAYS TAKE THOSE DECISIONS IN THE RESPONSIBLE AND INFORMED WAY AND ONE OF THE WAYS IN WHICH THOSE DECISIONS CAN BE WELL INFORMED IS BY MY BEING HERE AND ASKING THAT SORT OF QUESTION.

YOJANA SHARMA (DAILY TELEGRAPH): YOU'VE SAID THAT YOU’D LIKE TO PRESENT HONG KONG'S INTERESTS TO THE CHINESE IN YOUR DISCUSSIONS WITH THEM. HOWEVER. CHINA HAS ALREADY SAID THAT TO STATION PLA TROOPS IN HONG KONG IS THEIR SOVEREIGN RIGHT. IT HAS ALSO SAID THAT BASIC LAW IS A MATTER FOR CHINA AND HONG KONG ALONE. SO, ON WHAT BASIS ARE YOU GOING TO ACTUALLY BROACH THIS SUBJECT?

MR MAUDE: WELL. I’VE ACCEPTED IT THAT STATIONING THE PLA HERE IS A MATTER OF CHINA’S SOVEREIGN RIGHT. BUT WHAT WE HAVE ALSO SAID IS THAT IT IS A MATTER WHICH IS HIGHLY SENSITIVE HERE AND THAT AGAIN IS A SIMPLE STATEMENT OF FACT. SO FAR AS THE BASIC LAW IS CONCERNED, IT IS CLEARLY A MATTER FOR THE CHINESE WITH HONG KONG TO DRAFT THE BASIC LAW. BUT IT IS EQUALLY CLEARLY LEGITIMATE AND PROPER FOR US TO EXPRESS VIEWS ABOUT THE CONTENT AND THE FORMAT OF THE BASIC LAW. THAT WE HAVE DONE. MANY OF THE THINGS WE HAVE SUGGESTED ON BEHALF OF HONG KONG HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED AND HAVE IMPROVED THE BASIC LAW, IN THE PAST, AND THERE IS NOTHING. I THINK, PARTICULARLY EXTRAORDINARY ABOUT US SEEKING TO EXPRESS VIEWS ABOUT IT. IT IS PERFECTLY PROPER.

SIMON MACKLIN (SCMP): MR MAUDE, YOU SAID YOU ARE QUITE CONVINCE’) THAT THE BURDEN OF THE BOAT PEOPLE IS BECOMING INTOLERABLE FOR THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG. WHAT IS BRITAIN ABOUT TO DO TO HELP SHARE THAT BURDEN?

MR MAUDE: WELL. WHAT WE ARE DOING IS WORKING VERY HARD INDEED TO TRY TO FIND, WELL. I MEAN TO FIND. A LASTING SOLUTION TO IT. THAT SOLUTION CAN ONLY INVOLVE THOSE WHO ARE FOUND AFTER SCREENING NOT TO BE REFUGEES. FOR THEM TO GO BACK TO VIETNAM. THERE IS A VOLUNTARY PROGRAMME GOING FORWARD AT THE MOMENT. AS I SAID IN MY OPENING REMARKS, IT IS MOST UNLIKELY THAT THAT VOLUNTARY PROGRAMME WILL BEGIN TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM AND THAT IT TAKES TWO PARTNERS FOR THERE TO BE REPATRIATION - THE SENDER AND THE RECIPIENT - AND WE ARE WORKING TO CONCLUDE AN AGREEMENT WITH THE VIETNAMESE SO THAT PROCESS CAN CONTINUE.

SIMON MACKLIN: CAN’T BRITAIN DO SOMETHING TO HELP SHARE THE FINANCIAL BURDEN WHICH HONG KONG IS BEARING?

MR MAUDE: WELL, WE ALREADY DO. TWENTY ONE MILLION POUNDS STERLING WE HAVE SPENT IN THE LAST EIGHTEEN MONTHS, WE HAVE SPENT TO SHARE THE BURDEN.

SIMON MACKLIN: ARE YOU GOING TO SPEND ANY MORE?

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MR MAUDE: WELL. WE WILL TAKE DECISIONS AS THEY COME, BUT THE MOST URGENT THING IS TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM SO THAT THE BURDEN REDUCES -THAT IS THE BEST CONTRIBUTION WE CAN MAKE.

/MAY WONG (TVB): .........

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MAY WONG (TVB): YOU SAID THAT BRITAIN IS WORKING HARD WITH THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO FIND A LASTING SOLUTION. WE HAVE HEARD THIS MALY TIMES BEFORE - THAT LASTING SOLUTION JUST NEVER SEEMED TO COME UP OR TO BECOME A REALITY. HOW LONG IS HONG KONG GOING TO HAVE TO WAIT BEFORE SUCH A SOLUTION BECOMES A REALITY?

MR MAUDE: WELL, LET’S REMEMBER THAT THE GENEVA CONFERENCE ONLY TOOK PLACE IN JUNE AND THE - I THINK THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION WAS FORMULATED AT THAT STAGE AND IT SETS OUT WAYS AND MEANS OF RESOLVING THE PROBLEM AND SO THAT AGREEMENT HAS NOT BEEN IN PLACE FOR VERY LONG. I FULLY ACCEPT THAT THE PROBLEM HAS EXISTED FOR A VERY GREAT DEAL LONGER THAN THAT. THERE ARE FURTHER MEETINGS TO TAKE PLACE. THERE IS A FURTHER MEETING TO TAKE PLACE IN THE MIDDLE OF OCTOBER ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION -AND THAT IS A MEETING IN WHICH WE'LL BE TAKING A VERY FULL PART, I CAN ASSURE YOU.

MAY WONG: YOU SAY THAT REPATRIATION WILL HAVE TO BE THE SOLUTION, BUT RIGHT NOW THE MAJOR OBSTACLE IS THAT VIETNAM REFUSES TO ACCEPT MANDATORY REPATRIATION. HOW ELSE ARE WE GOING TO FIND A SOLUTION WHEN VIETNAM CANNOT BE PERSUADED?

MR MAUDE: WELL, VIETNAM AGREED IN THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION THAT REPATRIATION WAS THE ONLY ANSWER TO THOSE WHO ARE SCREENED OUT, NOT TO BE REFUGEES, AND ARE FOUND NOT TO BE REFUGEES, AND SO THEY HAVE AGREED THAT REPATRIATION IS THE ANSWER, AND WHAT WE ARE DOING AT THE MOMENT IS WORKING TO CONCLUDE AN AGREEMENT ON THE WAYS AND MEANS OF ACHIEVING THAT.

STEVE VINES (THE OBSERVER): MR MAUDE, YOU SAID WHEN YOU ARRIVED THAT CHINA HAD THE PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITY FOR RESTORING CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG. HOW WORRIED ARE YOU THAT CHINA HASN'T BEEN TAKING STEPS TO RESTORE THIS CONFIDENCE IN HONG KONG?

MR MAUDE : WELL. I SHOULD VERY MUCH PREFER IT, AS PEOPLE IN HONG KONG WOULD, IF THE CHINESE DID TAKE STEPS TO RESTORE CONFIDENCE. BUT, I THINK THE BEST THAT WE CAN DO AT THIS STAGE IS TO RESUME DISCUSSIONS AS WE HAVE PROPOSED AND AS WILL HAPPEN NEXT WEEK -TO CONDUCT THOSE DISCUSSIONS, AS I SAY, QUIETLY, FIRMLY, SENSIBLY -NOT ALWAYS SHOUTING WHAT WE ARE DOING FROM THE ROOFTOPS. BUT NONETHELESS WORKING HARD IN PRIVATE TO PROMOTE HONG KONG'S BEST INTERESTS.

STEVE VINES : WELL, WHAT STEPS WOULD YOU LIKE THEM TO TAKE?

MR MAUDE : WELL, I THINK THE BEST STEPS THEY COULD TAKE AT THIS STAGE IS TO RECOGNISE THAT THERE ARE CONCERNS ABOUT SOME ASPECTS OF THE BASIC LAW AND TO ENSURE THAT THOSE CONCERNS ARE REFLECTED WHEN THE BASIC LAW IS FINALLY FORMULATED.

/LEUNG CHAU-YIN ..............

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LEUNG CHAU-YIN (ATV): MR MAUDE, YOU SAID A MOMENT AGO THAT MR JOHN MAJOR AND YOURSELF COMPRISE A NEW TEAM AT THE FOREIGN OFFICE. DOES THAT MEAN THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WILL CHANGE ITS POLICY TOWARDS HONG KONG? MY SECOND QUESTION IS RELATED TO AN EARLIER STATEMENT YOU MADE, THAT THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT CANNOT PROVIDE THE RIGHT OF ABODE TO ALL IN HONG KONG. WHEN DELEGATIONS FROM HONG KONG WENT TO UK TO LOBBY FOR THAT PURPOSE IT WAS MADE CLEAR THAT THERE WOULD BE DIVISIVE EFFECTS IF ONLY SOME PEOPLE WERE GIVEN THE RIGHT OF ABODE. SO, IN THE LIGHT OF WHAT YOU HAVE SAID, ARE YOU REALLY IGNORING THE POINT THAT THERE WILL BE DIVISIVE EFFECTS?

MR MAUDE: WELL, I THINK IT IS CLEARLY THE CASE THAT IF YOU GIVE THE RIGHT OF ABODE TO SOME AND NOT TO OTHERS THEN THERE ARE DISTINCTIONS BEING MADE BETWEEN PEOPLE AND THAT IS AN UNCOMFORTABLE FACT WHICH HAS TO BE FACED - AND THERE IS NO DODGING THAT - THERE'S NO FUDGING IT - THAT HAS TO HAPPEN. AND IT IS A DIFFICULT PROCESS, WHICH IS WHY IT IS TAKING US SOME TIME TO WORK OUT HOW TO DO IT, BUT THAT IS IMPLICIT IN HAVING A SCHEME OF THIS SORT AT ALL. AND, WE WANT TO GET THAT PACKAGE RIGHT AND TO GET IT AS GOOD AS IT CAN BE AND THAT IS WHY WE ARE WORKING SO HARD AT IT.

LEUNG CHAU-YIN: AND HOW ABOUT THE FIRST QUESTION?

MR MAUDE: WELL. THERE IS NO POINT AT WHICH ON ANY ISSUE POLICY IS FORMULATED AND ENCASED IN ICE AND REMAINS THE SAME FOREVER. AND. POLICY IS ALWAYS DEVELOPING AS NEW ISSUES ARISE, AS NEW DEVELOPMENTS TAKE PLACE AND, OF COURSE, POLICY IS DEVELOPING. THERE IS GOING TO BE NO RADICAL SHIFT OF POLICY AS A RESULT OF TWO NEW MINISTERS RESPONSIBLE FOR HONG KONG. BUT. AS I HAVE SAID, WE COME TO IT NEW AND WE COME TO IT FRESH.

JOHN PALMER (THE GUARDIAN): CAN I ASK YOU WHETHER IN YOUR BRIEF VISIT IN YOUR DISCUSSIONS WITH HONG KONG INDUSTRIALISTS THE PROBLEMS EXPERIENCED WITH EUROPEAN ANTI-DUMPING DUTIES AND GENERAL FEARS OF FORTRESS EUROPE EMERGED OR NOT, AND WHETHER YOU HAD ANYTHING TO TELL THEM ABOUT THAT. AND SECONDLY, WHETHER YOU ARE PLANNING TO RAISE THE ISSUE OF RIGHT OF ABODE SPECIFICALLY WITHIN THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY CONTEXT SINCE OF COURSE PORTUGAL IS ADMITTING SIGNIFICANT NUMBERS OF MACAUANS TO PORTUGAL, WHO WILL HAVE THE RIGHT OF ABODE IN THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY?

MR MAUDE : WELL, ON THE FIRST ISSUE, NO. I AM BOUND TO SAY ONE OF THE ISSUES RAISED WITH ME IN THE COURSE OF THE LAST TWO DAYS HAS NOT BEEN EC ANTI-DUMPING DUTIES. NO DOUBT IF I STAYED HERE A LITTLE LONGER IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN. IT WAS RAISED WITH ME, I’M BOUND TO SAY, A YEAR AGO, WHEN I WAS HERE AS A TRADE AND INDUSTRY MINISTER WITH THE PARTICULAR RESPONSIBILITY FOR NEGOTIATING THE SINGLE EUROPEAN MARKET. WE HAVE HAD CONCERN FOR A LITTLE TIME ABOUT ANTI-DUMPING DUTIES BEING CAPABLE OF BEING USED IN A PROTECTIONIST MANNER. I THINK THE NEW EUROPEAN COMMISSION WHICH TOOK OFFICE IN JANUARY THIS YEAR TAKES A MORE LIBERAL APPROACH TO THESE MATTERS, WHICH IS WELCOME TO US.

/ON THE

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ON THE SECOND POINT, ON RAISING THE RIGHT OF ABODE ISSUE WITH OTHER EUROPEAN PARTNERS. I THINK WE HAVE SAID ALL ALONG THAT WE WOULD SEEK TO TALK TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY ABOUT HONG KONG. IT IS IMPORTANT FOR HONG KONG TO HAVE THE SUPPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY AND TO DEVELOP THAT AND WE SHALL CERTAINLY BE DISCUSSING HONG KONG, AS WE HAVE DONE ON A NUMBER OF OCCASIONS. BOTH WITH THE TWELVE AND AT THE PARIS ECONOMIC SUMMIT AND WE SHALL CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT IT.

STANLEY LEUNG (HONGKONG STANDARD): ARE THERE ANY PLANS OF OTHER FCO OFFICIALS TO VISIT HONG KONG AND BEIJING IN THE NEAR FUTURE? INCLUDING THE GOVERNOR, TO BEIJING?

MR MAUDE : WELL. YOU WOULD HAVE TO ASK THE GOVERNOR ABOUT HIS

PLANS.

STANLEY LEUNG : INCLUDING MR MAJOR TO BEIJING. TO HONG KONG, AND ANY PLAN OF THE GOVERNOR TO VISIT BEIJING?

MR MAUDE : YOU WOULD HAVE TO ASK THE GOVERNOR ABOUT HIS PLANS. BUT, SO FAR AS OTHER MINISTERS COMING TO HONG KONG, JOHN MAJOR CERTAINLY PROPOSES TO COME TO HONG KONG SOMETIME AROUND THE TURN OF THE YEAR - AN EXACT DATE HASN’T BEEN FIXED, BUT HE IS KEEN TO COME, AS I SAY AT AN EARLY DATE, WHICH WOULD LIKELY TO BE AROUND THEN. SO FAR AS OTHER BRITISH MINISTERS ARE CONCERNED. THERE IS, AS I BELIEVE, A FAIRLY STEADY FLOW OF BRITISH MINISTERS TO HONG KONG. I MYSELF CAME IN A DIFFERENT CAPACITY A YEAR AGO AND I KNOW THAT OTHER MINISTERS COME HERE ON A REGULAR BASIS AS WELL. BUT I MEAN THAT IS NOT PARTICULARLY CONCERNED WITH THE SORT OF ISSUES WITH WHICH I’VE BEEN DEALING WITH WHILE I AM HERE.

FUNG WAI-KONG (ASIAWEEK): MR MAUDE, THE CHINESE AND THE BRITISH HAD SOME SORT OF WRANGLE OVER CERTAIN ISSUES RECENTLY. YOU HAVE SAID THAT THE BRITISH SIDE WANT TO ADOPT A FIRM AND LOW-KEY APPROACH. DO YOU THINK THIS IS SOME SORT OF CONCESSION. BACK-TRACKING OR SOME SORT OF SURRENDER?

MR MAUDE : YOU CAN'T WIN ON THIS. I MEAN, YOU ARE EITHER PICKING A FIGHT OR YOU ARE SURRENDERING. WE ARE NOT DOING EITHER. WHAT WE ARE DOING IS PURSUING THE DISCUSSIONS QUIETLY, SENSIBLY, AND ON THE BASIS WHICH IS PROVIDED FOR UNDER THE AGREEMENT - AND THAT IS A VERY PROPER WAY FOR US TO CARRY ON. SO WE SHALL CONTINUE. NOT ALWAYS SAYING WHAT WE ARE DOING. NOT ALWAYS CONDUCTING OUR DIPLOMACY THROUGH MEGAPHONES, BUT QUIETLY CARRYING ON WITH THE VERY SERIOUS BUSINESS THAT THERE IS TO BE DONE ON BEHALF OF HONG KONG,

/STEVE JONES (ASIAN WAT.L STREET JOURNAL).........

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STEVE JONES (ASIAN WALL STREET JOURNAL): AFTER YOUR VISIT, DO YOU FEEL THAT THE PROCESS OF DEMOCRATISATION IN HONG KONG OUGHT TO BE SPEEDED UP TO ENSURE HONG KONG’S ECONOMY AFTER 1997? DO YOU FEEL THAT THE PROGRAMME FOR DEMOCRATISATION IN LEGCO PRIOR -- ANNOUNCED LAST YEAR, IS IN FACT TOO SLOW?

MR MAUDE: WELL, I THINK I SAID EARLIER THAT THERE IS A PRETTY STRONG FEELING IN THE COMMUNITY HERE THAT THE SPEED OF POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT OUGHT TO BE INCREASED.

LAW KWOK-WAI (ORIENTAL DAILY): WELL, IF I AM CORRECT, THE HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT COMPILED BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT FOR HER COLONIES, INCLUDING HONG KONG, OUGHT TO HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED TO THE UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE, BUT IT HASN’T. COULD 1 KNOW WHEN WILL THE REPORT BE COMPLETED AND SENT? WOULD IT BE DISCLOSED?

MR MAUDE: I CAN’T TELL YOU THE EXACT ANSWER TO THAT. WHAT I CAN SAY FOR THE MINISTER IS THAT THERE WAS - THERE HAVE BEEN COMPLAINTS OF DELAY IN DEALING WITH THIS MATTER OF REPORTS OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE. THERE WAS AN IMMENSELY LONG REPORT THAT WAS SUBMITTED. IT WAS DISCUSSED BY ALL CONCERNED AND THE REACTIONS WERE EXTREMELY FAVOURABLE TO THAT REPORT. THE ONLY CRITICISMS WERE EXTREMELY MINOR ONES. WE. THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT, FEEL THAT WE HAVE FULFILLED OUR RESPONSIBILITIES IN THAT MATTER COMPLETELY.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1983

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

EASTERN HARBOUR TUNNEL TO OPEN TOMORROW .................... 1

NEW HAHQ BUILDUP TOPPED OUT ................................ 2

GUIDANCE ON ELECTRIC GATE SAFETY ........................... 3

INVESTMENT FUNDAMENTALS REMAIN UNCHANGED - SMA.............. 4

ECONOMY, INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES REMAIN STRONG ............ 6

GOVERNOR TO VISIT EASTERN DISTRICT TOMORROW ................ 7

SWD OFFICES IN WAN CHAI OPEN ON FRIDAY...................... 8

FINALE TO DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME .................. 9

YAU TSIM TO LAUNCH ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN....... 10

SPECIAL STAMP ISSUE ON ’HK BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE' ........ 10

REHABILITATION OF SHEK 0 QUARRY ON DB AGENDA ............... 12

ISLANDS DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS ......... 1?

VARIETY SHOW AND EXHIBITION ON FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION ....... 1J

PROPOSAL FOR LEGISLATION TO PROTECT USE OF DB LOGOS ........ 14

QUARTERLY REPORT ON GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY PUBLISHED ..... 15

GOVERNMENT LAND TO LET BY TENDER ........................... 15

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG .......................... 16

OPENING OF NEW ROADS IN TAI PO.............................. 17

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TAI PO ............................. 18

GOODS VEHICLES BAN ZONE IN SHAM SHUI PO .................... 18

LANE CLOSURE ON TUEN MUN ROAD .............................. 19

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1989

1 EASTERN HARBOUR TUNNEL TO OPEN TOMORROW * t t t t

THE EASTERN HARBOUR TUNNEL WILL OPEN TO TRAFFIC FROM 10.30 PM TOMORROW (THUR.'.DAY) , THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY.

NEW TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IN OPERATION IN THE APPROACH ROADS TO THE TUNNEL IN KWUN TONG AND QUARRY BAY TO TIE IN WITH THE OPENING.

IN KOWLOON, VEHICLES CAN ENTER THE TUNNEL THROUGH LEI YUE MUN ROAD, EITHER VIA KWUN TONG ROAD, OR VIA WAI YIP STREET AND AN ADJOINING FLYOVER.

VEHICLES EXITING FROM THE TUNNEL CAN GAIN ACCESS TO LEI YUE MUN ROAD VIA AN UNDERPASS. THEY CAN THEN PROCEED TO KWUN TONG ROAD OR TO WAI YIP STREET, AND HOI BUN ROAD.

TO ENSURE A SMOOTH FLOW OF TRAFFIC, ENFORCEMENT ACTION WILL BE TAKEN TO KEEP WAI YIP STREET AND HOI BUN ROAD UNOBSTRUCTED AND FREE OF ILLEGAL DOUBLE PARKING. HOWEVER, LOADING AND UNLOADING DURING OFF-PEAK PERIODS ON THE LANE NEARER THE KERB SIDE WILL STILL BE ALLOWED.

IN QUARRY BAY, THE EASTERN HARBOUR TUNNEL CONNECTS THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR VIA AN INTERCHANGE AT QUARRY BAY. TRAFFIC COMING FROM THE TUNNEL WILL BE GUIDED BY GANTRY DIRECTIONAL SIGNS AND ROAD MARKINGS TO CHAI WAN, SAI WAN HO, KORNH1LL OR NORTH POINT.

WHILE THE MAXIMUM SPEED LIMIT INSIDE THE TUNNEL IS 70 KILOMETRES PER HOUR, A LIMIT OF 50 KILOMETRES PER HOUR HAS BEEN IMPOSED AT THE QUARRY BAY ENTRANCE AND EXIT DUE TO SIGHT LINE CONSTRAINT.

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ADVISED MOTORISTS TO NOTE THAT VEHICLES USING THE EASTERN HARBOUR TUNNEL MUST NOT EXCEED A HEIGHT LIMIT OF 4.6 METRES.

MEANWHILE, TWO NEW CROSS HARBOUR BUS SERVICES USING THE EASTERN HARBOUR TUNNEL WILL BE INTRODUCED ON FRIDAY.

ROUTE NO. 601 WILL OPERATE BETWEEN SAU MAU PING (CENTRAL) AND ADMIRALTY MTR STATION AT A FARE OF J3. BUSES WILL RUN AT 12-MINUTE INTERVALS.

ROUTE NO. 606 WILL OPERATE BETWEEN CHOI WAN AND CHAI WAN EAST. THE FARE IS $3 AND SERVICES WILL BE AT 12-MINUTE INTERVALS.

WEDNESDAY. SEPTEMBER 20, 1989

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NEU HAHQ BUILDING TOPPED OUT t t * * t

ON COMPLETION OF THE NEW HOUSING AUTHORITY HEADQUARTERS BUILDING NEXT YEAR, THE HOUSING AUTHORITY AND HOUSING DEPARTMENT WILL BE WELL-EQUIPPED FOR THE IMMENSE TASK OF SEEING THAT A MILLION FLATS ARE BUILT BY THE END OF THE CENTURY TO HOUSE THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG.

THE REMARKS WERE MADE BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES, AT THE TOPPING-OUT CEREMONY OF THE NEW HAHQ BUILDING AND URBAN COUNCIL FAT KWONG STREET INDOOR GAMES HALL TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE CEREMONY WAS PERFORMED BY SIR DAVID, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE URBAN COUNCIL. MR H.M.G. FORSGATE. THE DIRECTOR OF HOUSING. MR PANG YUK-LING. THE DIRECTOR OF URBAN SERVICES, MR JAMES SO, AND THE CHAIRMAN OF HSIN CHONG HOLDINGS (UK) LTD, DR GEOFFREY YEH.

SIR DAVID POINTED OUT THAT A NEW HEADQUARTERS WAS NEEDED BECAUSE APART FROM THE EXPANSION OF STAFF. THERE WAS A TREMENDOUS INCREASE IN WORK.

"WE MOVED INTO OUR PRESENT BUILDING IN 1976 BUT HAVE FAR OUTGROWN IT AND HAVE MANY STAFF SCATTERED IN OTHER OFFICES.

"HOUSING PRODUCTION IN 1976 WAS ABOUT 12 000 FLATS; THIS YEAR WE WILL BUILD OVER 50 000 FLATS. IN 1976 THERE WERE 1.8 MILLION RESIDENTS OF PUBLIC HOUSING; THIS YEAR THERE ARE 2.7 MILLION," SIR DAVID EXPLAINED.

THE NEW HAHQ IS BEING BUILT ON A 6 700 SQUARE METRE SITE AT FAT KWONG STREET ORIGINALLY ZONED FOR USE BY THE URBAN COUNCIL. THE URBAN COUNCIL HOWEVER AGREED TO RELEASE THE SITE TO THE HOUSING AUTHORITY WHICH WAS THEN DEVELOPED AS A JOINT VENTURE BETWEEN THE HOUSING AUTHORITY AND URBAN COUNCIL.

TO ENSURE THAT THIS ARRANGEMENT WOULD NOT RESULT IN A LOSS OF RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR THE PEOPLE LIVING IN THE AREA. THE HOUSING AUTHORITY INCLUDED THE URBAN COUNCIL’S INDOOR GAMES HALL ON THE UPPER FLOORS OF THE SOUTHERN PORTION OF THE BUILDING.

ALSO SPEAKING AT THE FUNCTION, MR FORSGATE SAID, "THE INDOOR GAMES HALL, WHICH IS OF THE POPULAR STANDARD MARK IV TYPE, WILL BE THE THIRD ONE FOR THE RESIDENTS IN THE KOWLOON CITY DISTRICT, MAKING A TOTAL OF 28 IN THE URBAN AREA."

"THE FACILITIES PROVIDED INCLUDE A MULTI-PURPOSE MAIN ARENA FOR ACTIVE BALL GAMES, 3 AIR-CONDITIONED SQUASH COURTS, A FITNESS ROOM AND A DANCE STUDIO WITH ALL THE NECESSARY ANCILLARY FACILITIES." HE ADDED.

ABOUT 200 GUESTS ATTENDED TODAY’S CEREMONY. THEY INCLUDED MEMBERS OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY’ AND THE URBAN COUNCIL, OFFICIALS OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT AND URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT. DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND A HOST OF OTHER DIGNITARIES CONNECTED WITH HOUSING.

/THE GUESTS .......

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER ?0, 1989

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THE GUESTS WERE INVITED TO VIEW AN EXHIBITION MADE UP OF PHOTOGRAPH AND MODEL DISPLAYS OF THE NEW BUILDING PUT UP IN THE MOCK UP AREA AFTER THE CEREMONY.

THE NEW HAHQ BUILDING, EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED IN MID 1990, COMPRISES 15 STOREYS WITH A THREE-STOREY BASEMENT CARPARK. ABOUT 50 000 SQUARE METRES OF OFFICE ACCOMMODATION WILL BE PROVIDED IN TWO BLOCKS OF MODERN DESIGN, LINKED BY A FULL HEIGHT GLASS ATRIUM OVER THE MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY.

THE BUILDING WILL ALSO HOUSE THE HOUSING AUTHORITY CHAMBER WHICH WILL ENABLE SOME MEETINGS OF THE AUTHORITY TO BE OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND MEDIA. IT CAN ACCOMMODATE 45 MEMBERS AND OFFICIALS AND UP TO 60 VISITORS.

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GUIDANCE ON ELECTRIC GATE SAFETY

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A PACKAGE OF BILINGUAL GUIDANCE INFORMATION AIMED AT PROMOTING THE SAFE USE AND INSTALLATION OF ELECTRICAL SLIDING GATES IS NOW AVAILABLE TO INTERESTED MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AT THE VARIOUS DISTRICT OFFICES PUBLIC COUNTERS.

PRODUCED BY THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT (EMSD), THE PACKAGE INCLUDES A LEAFLET ENTITLED "GUIDE TO SAFETY ON ELECTRICALLY OPERATED SLIDING GATES" AND A SET OF GUIDELINES WHICH DETAIL THE TECHNICAL ASPECTS ON INSTALLATION.

THE PUBLICITY MATERIALS SPECIFICALLY TOUCH ON HORIZONTAL-SLIDING GATES WHICH ARE USUALLY INSTALLED AT THE MAIN ENTRANCE TO A BUILDING COMPOUND OR GARAGE. SOME OF THESE INSTALLATIONS MAY BE REMOTELY CONTROLLED BY PORTABLE RADIO TRANSMITTERS.

THE LEAFLET PROVIDES THE BASIC INFORMATION ON THE VARIOUS SAFETY FEATURES AND DEVICES REQUIRED BY SUCH INSTALLATIONS. IT ALSO EMPHASISES THE IMPORTANCE OF KEEPING THE OPERATING DEVICES, SUCH AS CONTROL BUTTONS, OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.

TO COMPLEMENT THE LEAFLET, THE GUIDELINES CONTAIN FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE TECHNICAL ASPECTS FOR THE PROPER INSTALLATION OF SLIDING GATES.

APART FROM DEALING WITH THE GENERAL DESIGN AND MAINTENANCE ASPECTS, THE GUIDELINES PROVIDE DETAILED SPECIFICATIONS ON TRAVELLING SPEED, DRIVING UNIT, ELECTRICITY SUPPLY AND EARTHING AS WELL AS CLEAR GUIDANCE ON THE INSTALLATION OF SAFETY DEVICES SUCH AS PHOTOELECTRIC SENSORS.

/THESE DEVICES

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1989

THESE DEVICES WOULD ENSURE THAT THE CLOSING OF THE GATE SHOULD STOP IMMEDIATELY AND THE GATE RE-OPEN AUTOMATICALLY WHEN AN OBSTRUCTION IS DETECTED, THUS PREVENTING ANY DAMAGE TO PASSING OBJECTS OR INJURY TO PERSONS.

MEANWHILE, IN CONSULTATION WITH INTERESTED PROFESSIONAL BODIES AND ASSOCIATIONS, THE EMSD IS ALSO COMPILING A CODE OF PRACTICE ON THE SUBJECT FOR DISTRIBUTION TO THE PROFESSIONS IN THE RELATED FIELD.

JN ADDITION TO TECHNICAL GUIDANCE ON HORIZONTAL SLIDING GATES, THE CODE OF PRACTICE WOULD ALSO COVER OTHER ELECTRICALLY-OPERATED INSTALLATIONS SUCH AS SLIDING GLASS DOORS AND ROLLING SHUTTERS.

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INVESTMENT FUNDAMENTALS REMAIN UNCHANGED - SMA » » » » »

THE FUNDAMENTALS FOR INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG HAVE NOT CHANGED ALTHOUGH RECENT EVENTS IN PEKING AND ELSEWHERE IN CHINA HAVE SEVERELY SHAKEN CONFIDENCE IN THE TERRITORY, THE SECRETARY FOR MONETARY AFFAIRS, MR DAVID NENDICK, SAID.

SPEAKING AT THE FIRST ASIA/PACIFIC AND EMERGING MARKETS INVESTMENT CONFERENCE HELD RECENTLY IN LONDON, MR NENDICK AFFIRMED THAT HONG KONG WOULD CONTINUE TO BE AN IMPORTANT SOURCE OF TRADE, INVESTMENT AND FOREIGN EXCHANGE FOR CHINA AND THE BRIDGE LINKING CHINA WITH THE REST OF THE WORLD.

"IN FACT, THERE HAS BEEN NO EVIDENCE TO SUGGEST THAT THE INTEREST OF OVERSEAS FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS IN HONG KONG HAS DECLINED.

"FOR INSTANCE. SINCE JUNE 4. SEVEN FOREIGN-OWNED BANKS HAVE BEEN GRANTED LICENCES TO CARRY ON BANKING BUSINESS IN HONG KONG AND WE HAVE ALSO RECEIVED NINE APPLICATIONS FROM OTHER INSTITUTIONS WISHING TO OPERATE IN HONG KONG IN THE FORM OF DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANIES OR REPRESENTATIVE OFFICES.

"IN JULY THERE WAS AN OVER-SUBSCRIPTION OF UNDERWRITING COMMITMENTS IN RESPECT OF THE FINANCING FOR A PROJECT TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL FACILITIES AT HONG KONG’S CONTAINER PORT.

"THE GROUP OF BANKS INVOLVED INCLUDED LEADING BANKS FROM JAPAN AND THE USA," HE SAID.

MR NENDICK ADDED THAT LAST MONTH A MAJOR UNITED STATES BANK ALSO COMMITTED ITSELF TO PROVIDE LOANS TOTALLING US$667 MILLION FOR A MAJOR COMMERCIAL CONSTRUCTION PROJECT IN THE CENTRAL BUSINESS DISTRICT.

/THESE ARE

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20,

'’THESE ARE BUT A FEW EXAMPLES OF OVERSEAS FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS TOWARDS INVESTMENT POTENTIAL OF THE TERRITORY."

THE CONT INUING COMM ITMENT THE LONG-TERM DEVELOPMENT HE SAID.

OF

AND

HAD TOUCHED HONG KONC

WHILE RECENT EVENTS IN CHINA

CLOSELY, THERE WAS NO REASON TO CAST ANY DOUBT ON THE THE REPEATED ASSERTIONS BY TOP CHINES! OFFICIALS THAI DOOR POLICY AND ITS ’’ONE COUNTRY. TWO SYSTEMS" PRINCIPLE TOWARDS

SINCERITY

CHINA’S

VERY

OF OPEN HONG

KONG WOULD BE MAINTAINED, HE NOTED.

"PRESSURE BEING PUT ON ECONOMIC SANCTIONS AGAINST THAT ISOLATION AND ADVERSELY AFFECT

CHINA THROUGH THE IMPOSITION OF COUNTRY WOULD ONLY DRIVE CHINA INTO HONG KONG’S INTERESTS," MR NENDICK

SAID.

HE SAID THE SIGNIFICANT EVENTS HAD COULD NOT BE DENIED.

IMPACT ON CONFIDENCE WHICH

THE RECENT

"BUT THIS IS BY' NO MEANS THE FIRST OCCASION ON WHICH HONG HAS BEEN CONFRONTED WITH A CONFIDENCE CRISIS.

KONG

HONG

"CRISIS ARE INDEED A PART AND PARCEL OF THE HISTORY OF KONC YFT WE HAVE SURVIVED THEM AND IN THE PROCESS ENJOYED OVERALL GROWTH RATES IN OUR ECONOMY OVER THE PAST 40 YEARS WHICH ARE THE ENVY

OF MOST OF THE WORLD." HE SAID.

HF RECALLED THAT BETWEEN 1982 AND 1984. IN THE LEAD-UP TO THE SIGNING OF THE JOINT DECLARATION, HONG KONG EXrPEU1_^C^J).,rl.pr, S1MILAR CONFIDENCE CRISIS ARISING OUT OF UNCERTAINTIES OVER ITS FUTURE.

"THE SITUATION TODAY IS ACTUALLY MUCH BETTER THAN II WAS DURING THE UNCERTAIN DAYS OF 1982 TO 1984.

"WE HAVE A LINKED EXCHANGE RATE SYSTEM WHICH HELPS ENSURE THE MAINTENANCE OF STABLE MONETARY CONDITIONS.

"CHINA’S ATTITUDE TOWARDS HONG KONG IS FAR MORE CLEARLY DEFINED THAN IT WAS SEVEN YEARS AGO.

"THERE IS ALSO AN INCREASED LEVEL OF INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION BEING ADDRESSED TO THE CHINA-HONG KONG SITUATION.

"IT IS MY FIRM BELIEF THAT CALM WILL EVENTUALLY REI URN IN CHINA AND THAT THE PEOPLE IN HONG KONG WILL ONCE AGAIN FEEL ABLE IO ADOPT A MORE POSITIVE OUTLOOK." HE SAID.

EARLIER IN HIS SPEECH. ME NENDICK DWELT ON HONG KONG’S ROLE AS A LEADING INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTRE.

HE IS BACK IN HONG KONG TODAY (WEDNESDAY) AFTER A PERIOD OF LEAVE AND ATTENDING THE CONFERENCE IN LONDON.

WEDNESDAY. SEPTEMBER 20, 1989

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ECONOMY, INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES REMAIN STRONG t t t t t

THE RECENT UNREST IN CHINA AND THE ECONOMIC MEASURES BEING TAKEN 'll; < !' . NOT AFFECTED HoNG KONG’S ECONOMY TO ANY SIGNIFICANT DEGREE.

VITAE SIGNS ARE STILL GOOD, AND SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENT IN HONG KONG BY BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SECTORS IS CONTINUING.

THE ' DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG ECONOMIC AND TRADE OFFICE IN SAN cl., <Q. MR PETER .JOHNSON, EMPHASISED THESE POINTS IN SPEECHES LA K TO THE SAN FRANCISCO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND THE CALIFORNIA III' JR OF THE AMERICA!.' PLANNING ASSOCIATION.

HE T ) THAT SIGNIFICANT PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENTS HAD INCLUDE! THE JTABL1SHMENT BY MCDONNELL DOUGLAS CORPORATION AS A MAJOR PlU-HIHCi IN HONG KONG, THE RELOCATION OF HAYES MICRO COMPUTER PRODUCTS REGIONAL HEADQUARTERS FROM SINGAPORE TO HONG KONG. AND SUBSTANTIAL INVESTMENTS BY MULTINATIONAL CORPORATIONS SUCH AS NEC OF JAPAN AND 3M OF THE UNITED STATES.

ANOTHER IMPORTANT PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT WAS A COMMITMENT BY U.S. WEST TO INVEST $500 MILLION IN HONG KONG CABLE COMMUNICATIONS, THE WINNING CONSORTIUM FOR THE TERRITORY'S CABLE TELEVISION FRANCHISE.

"MEANWHILE. THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT’S COMMITMENT TO THE TERRITORY REMAINS AS STRONG AS EVER. LAST YEAR WE SPENT ABOUT $1 BILLION ON PUBLIC WORKS.

"THIS YEAR IT WILL BE ABOUT 20 PER CENT MORE IN REAL TERMS, AND FURTHER INCREASES ARE ANTICIPATED THROUGH THE 1990’S AS WE CONTINUE TO PROVIDE HONG KONG WITH THE INFRASTRUCTURE AND THE SERVICES IT NEEDS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. INCLUDING A REPLACEMENT AIRPORT FOR KAI TAK, ON WHICH A DECISION IS EXPECTED IN OCTOBER, AND EXPANDED PORT FACILITIES." MR JOHNSON SAID.

MR JOHNSON EXPLAINED THAT HONG KONG'S PHENOMENAL ECONOMIC PROGRESS IN THE PAST FEW YEARS HAD BEEN DUE TO A SUBSTANTIAL DEGREE TO THE DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA. AND TO THE ECONOMIC CHANGES WHICH HAD TAKEN PLACE THERE.

HE NOTED. FOR EXAMPLE, THAT HONG KONG HAD BEEN THE SOURCE OF ABOUT TWO THIRDS OF THE CONTRACTUAL VALUE OF ALL FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN CHINA, AS WELL AS A LARGE PROPORTION OF CHINA'S FOREIGN LOANS; THAT HONG KONG HAD SERVED A ROLE AS AN ENTREPOT, WITH ABOUT ONE THIRD OF CHINA’S EXPORTS TO THE WORLD PASSING THROUGH THE TERRITORY; AND THAT CHINA WAS NOW HONG KONG’S LARGEST TRADING PARTNER.

"SO FAR THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT HAS EMPHASISED THAT THEIR OPEN DOOR ECONOMIC POLICIES REMAIN IN FORCE.... IMPORTANT AS CHINA IS TO US, HOWEVER, IT IS WELL TO REMEMBER THAT NOT ALL OF HONG KONG'S EGGS ARE IN THE CHINA BASKET," MR JOHNSON SAID.

/HE EXPLAINED .......

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1989

HE EXPLAINED THAT RAPID GROWTH OF EAST ASIA GENERALLY AND THE LIBERALISATION OF THE JAPANESE MARKET HAD LED TO INCREASED OPPORTUNITIES IN HONG KONG.

TRADE WITH JAPAN, TAIWAN, SOUTH KOREA AND SINGAPORE HAD GROWN AT AN AVERAGE OF OVER 36 PER CENT PER ANNUM IN THE LAST TWO YEARS AND ACCOUNTED FOR YBOUT 26 PER CENT OF HONG KONG'S TOTAL TRADE IN 1988.

"AS TRADE AND INVESTMENT LINKS GROW, PACIFIC RIM ECONOMIES ARE BECOMING MORE INTEGRATED AND, WITH HIGH GROWTH EXPECTED TO CONTINUE. HONG KONG SHOULD CONTINUE TO BENEFIT.

"THERE IS ALSO. OF COURSE. OUR LONG STANDING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITY AND THE UNITED STATES.

"TRADITIONALLY OUR MAIN MARKETS, THEY STILL TOOK 55 PER CENT OF OUR TOTAL DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN 1988 AND WILL CONTINUE TO PLAY A DOMINANT ROLE IN OUR ECONOMIC LIFE FOR YEARS TO COME," THE DIRECTOR SAID.

MR JOHNSON NOTED THAT THE BLUEPRINT FOR HONG KONG'S FUTURE REMAINED AS SET OUT IN THE JOINT DECLARATION. AT THE SAME TIME. HE RECOGNISED THAT MANY PEOPLE HAD DOUBTS ABOUT HONG KONG’S FUTURE.

"IT WOULD BE DISHONEST FOR ME TO DENY THIS, OR THAT INTERNAL CONFIDENCE HAS NOT BEEN DAMAGED BY RECENT EVENTS. AND CONFIDENCE IS, OF COURSE, SOMETHING THAT CANNOT BE RESTORED BY COMMAND, BUT WHICH HAS TO BE BUILT UP OVER TIME.

"THIS IS SOMETHING WHICH WILL HAVE TO BE DONE BY THE THREE GOVERNMENTS MOST CLOSELY INVOLVED. AND BY OTHERS WITH INTERESTS IN OUR CONTINUING PROSPERITY. IT WILL REQUIRE TIME, AND EFFORT, BUT I AM SURE IT CAN BE DONE." MR JOHNSON SAID.

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THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, AND LADY WILSON WILL VISIT EASTERN DISTRICT TOMORROW (THURSDAY) TO SEE TRANSPORT AND HOUSING DEVELOPMENTS IN THE DISTRICT.

THEY WILL TOUR THREE TYPES OF HOUSING IN THE DISTRICT - THE TAK LEE, WAI LEE AND PO LEE BUILDINGS IN QUARRY BAY, AS WELL AS HENG FA CHUEN AND WAN TSUI ESTATE IN CHAI WAN.

THEY WILL ALSO LOOK AT CONSTRUCTION WORK OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR STAGE III PROJECT.

OTHER STOPS ON THE ITINERARY ARE THE HOI NING STREET SITTING-OUT AREA AND THE SHAU KEI WAN CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE.

/THE GOVERNOR

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER ?0, 19^9

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THE GOVERNOR AND LADY WILSON WILL VISIT A FAMILY IN WAN TSUI ESTATE AND MEET DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS AT THE CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE GOVERNOR AND LADY WILSON’S VISIT TO THE EASTERN DISTRICT TOMORROW (THURSDAY). THEY WILL ARRIVE AT TAK LEE, WAI LEE, AND PO LEE BUILDINGS AT 993-997 KING’S ROAD. QUARRY BAY, AT 2.30 PM.

THOSE WHO WISH TO TAKE GOVERNMENT TRANSPORT ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE OUTSIDE THE ENTRANCE OF THE SOUTHORN CENTRE,' 130 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI, AT 1.45 PM.

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THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE. MR STEPHEN LAW, AND THE WAN CHAI DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MRS PEGGY LAM, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF EIGHT SERVICE UNITS OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT IN SOUTHORN CENTRE, WAN CHAI. ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 22).

THE EIGHT SERVICE UNITS ARE:

* THE CENTRAL PROBATION OFFICE, THE REHABILITATION AND ELDERLY OFFICE (EASTERN/WAN CHAI), THE WAN CHAI FAMILY SERVICES CENTRE, THE WAN CHAI SOCIAL SECURITY FIELD UNIT AND THE YOUTH AND COMMUNITY OFFICE/WAN CHAI ON THE 22ND FLOOR;

* PAYMENTS CONTROL SECTION (PCS) ON THE 23RD FLOOR; AND

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* THE FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTRE (FLERC) ON THE 24TH FLOOR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT NOTED THAT NOW THAT THE EIGHT SERVICE UNITS WERE CENTRALLY LOCATED, RESIDENTS COULD OBTAIN DIFFERENT SERVICES WITHIN THE SAME BUILDING.

ALSO, LIAISON WITH DIFFERENT GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS AND VOLUNTARY AGENCIES WITHIN THE DISTRICT COULD BE ENHANCED, HE SAID.

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"THE PCS HELPS ARRANGE ACCURATE AND TIMELY PAYMENTS FOR ALL THE FIELD UNITS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY WHILE THE FLERC PROVIDES UP-TO-DATE AND COMPREHENSIVE MATERIALS TO HELP SOCIAL WORKERS CARRY OUT FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SWD UNITS IN SOUTHORN CENTRE AT 23RD FLOOR, SOUTHORN CENTRE. 130 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI. ON FRIDAY AT 3.30 PM.

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FINALE TO DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

A CARNIVAL SPONSORED BY THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 23) AT THE MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND TO MARK THE END OF THIS YEAR’S SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME.

BEGINNING AT 3 PM, THE CARNIVAL WILL FEATURE POP SINGING, GAMES STALLS AND AN EXHIBITION BASED ON THE ACTIVITIES HELD DURING THE SUMMER.

NEARLY 400 CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL OR EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES WERE PROVIDED BY LOCAL BODIES FOR YOUNGSTERS AGED BETWEEN SIX AND 25 IN THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT, WITH CO-ORDINATION BEING CARRIED t)UT BY THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE.

THE ACTIVITIES INCLUDED OUTINGS, TRAINING COURSES, CAMPS, LAUNCH TRIPS. COMPETITIONS, CARNIVALS, VARIETY SHOWS, CONCERTS AND CIVIC EDUCATION ACTIVITIES.

THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAD SPONSORED THE ACTIVITIES BY PROVIDING MORE THAN $370,000.

OFFICIATING AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE URBAN COUNCILLOR, MR CHEUNG WING-SUM; THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR RAYMOND CHOY; AND ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER (SHAM SHUI PO WEST), MISS LEONIA TAI.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME TO BE HELD ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 23) AT THE MAPLE STREET PLAYGROUND, BEGINNING AT 4 PM.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1989

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YAU TSIM TO LAUNCH ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN

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THE 1989-90 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN IN YAU TSIM DISTRICT WILL BEGIN ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 23) WITH A VARIETY SHOW AT THE URBAN COUNCIL CENTENARY GARDEN IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

THE "KEEP THE ENVIRONMENT CLEAN" MESSAGE WILL BE EMPHASISED TO RESIDENTS THROUGH A QUIZ, AND SINGING PERFORMANCE BY POPULAR ARTISTES, STARTING AT 2.30 PM.

COLOURFUL BALLOONS AND OTHER SOUVENIRS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO SPECTATORS.

AMONG THOSE OFFICIATING AT THE CAMPAIGN OPENING CEREMONY WILL BE YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WONG HON-HO; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR YIP WAH; CHAIRMAN OF THE CAMPAIGN'S ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR LI KING-WAH: AND URBAN COUNCILLORS, MR WONG KWOK-TUNG AND MR WU MAN-KEUNG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE LAUNCHING OF THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 23) AT THE UC CENTENARY GARDEN, TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

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SPECIAL STAMP ISSUE ON ’HK BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE'

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A SET OF SPECIAL STAMPS ON THE TOPIC "HONG KONG BUILDING FOR THE FUTURE" WILL BE ISSUED ON OCTOBER 5, THE POST OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE SET OF STAMPS IN SIX DENOMINATIONS - 60 CENTS, 70 CENTS, SI.30, $1.40, $1.80 AND $5 - WERE DESIGNED BY MR IAN LEUNG AND PRINTED BY CPE AUSTRALIA LTD.

THE STAMPS WILL BE DISPLAYED AT THE GENERAL POST OFFICE AND TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE FROM FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22 ONWARDS AND AT THE SOUTH GALLERY, LEVEL 3, SHA TIN NEW TOWN PLAZA ON SEPTEMBER 30 AND OCTOBER 1.

A POST OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID OFFICIAL FIRST DAY COVERS AT 50 CENTS EACH WILL BE ON SALE ON SEPTEMBER 22.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1989

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"ADVANCE ORDERS FOR FIRST DAY TREATMENT OF FIRST DAY COVERS WILL BE ACCEPTED FROM SEPTEMBER 22 TO 29 AT ALL POST OFFICES.

"THE MINIMUM QUANTITY7 PER ORDER IS FIVE COVERS.

"CUSTOMERS WISHING TO AVOID CONGESTION ON THE FIRST DAY OF ISSUE ARE ADVISED TO MAKE USE OF THIS SERVICE," HE SAID.

FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF CUSTOMERS. FIRST DAY WITH A SET OF STAMPS AND CANCELLED WITH THE DATESTAMP WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE AT Si 2.30 AT DESIGNATED OF THE FOLLOWING 20 OFFICES ON OCTOBER 5.

COVER PRE-AFFIXED

PHILATELIC

BUREAU COUNTERS

HONG KONG ISLAND

BEACONSFIELD HOUSE POST OFFICE CAUSEWAY BAY POST OFFICE GENERAL POST OFFICE PEAK POST OFFICE SAI YING PUN POST OFFICE TSAT TSZ MUI POST OFFICE

KOWLOON

AIRPORT POST OFFICE

CHEUNG SHA WAN POST OFFICE GRANVILLE ROAD POST OFFICE KOWLOON BAY POST OFFICE KOWLOON CENTRAL POST OFFICE KWUN TONG POST OFFICE MONG KOK POST OFFICE TSIM SHA TSUI POST OFFICE

NEW TERRITORIES

SHA TIN CENTRAL POST OFFICE TAI PO POST OFFICE SHEK WU HUI POST OFFICE TSUEN WING STREET POST OFFICE TUEN MUN SAN HUI POST OFFICE YUEN LONG POST OFFICE

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WEDNESDAY. SEPTEMBER 20. 1989

REHABILITATION OF SHEK 0 QUARRY ON DP. AGENDA f t I t t

THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS A GOVERNMENT PROPOSAL TO REINSTATE THE SPOILED LANDSCAPE OF THE SHEK O QUARRY AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

AFTER MORE THAN 30 YEARS IN OPERATION. THE QUARRY HAS BECOME AN EYESORE IN THE SCENIC AREA OF STANLEY AND TAI TAM BAY.

ENDORSED BY THE DEVELOPMENT PROGRESS COMMITTEE OF THE LAND DEVELOPMENT POLICY COMMITTEE, THE REHAB ILITATION PROPOSAL FOR THE LARGEST QUARRY IN THE TERRITORY WILL INVOLVE THE REGRADING OF THE QUARRY FACE TO ALLOW FOR EXTENSIVE REVEGETATION AND THE CREATION OF A NATURAL-LOOKING SLOPE.

IT WILL ALSO REQUIRE THE EXCAVATION AND SUBSEQUENT FLOODING OF THE QUARRY FLOOR TO PAVE THE WAY FOR TWO LAND-USE OPTIONS: A NATURAL-LOOKING INLET OR A MARINA.

IT HAS BEEN RECOMMENDED IN THE METROPLAN THAT THE REINSTATED QUARRY WILL BE USED FOR RECREATIONAL PURPOSES.

OFFICIALS PRESENTING THE PROPOSAL AT TOMORROW’S MEETING WILL INCLUDE THE DEPUTY SECRETARY (WORKS POLICY) OF THE WORKS BRANCH, MR H.B. PHILLIPSON; GOVERNMENT GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEER (DEVELOPMENT) OF THE GEOTECHNICAL CONTROL OFFICE, CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR J.B. MASSEY; AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT OF THE STRATEGIC PLANNING UNIT, PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT AND LANDS BRANCH, MS LOUISE HOOPER.

THE DISTRICT BOARD WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE FUTURE POLITICAL SYSTEM OF HONG KONG.

SENIOR LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR. MR ALLEN LEE, HAS BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND THE MEETING TO BRIEF MEMBERS ON OMELCO’S RECOMMENDATION ON THE PACE OF DEMOCRATISATION IN HONG KONG.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE REPORTS BY THE BOARD’S VARIOUS COMMITTEES, AREA COMMITTEES, AND THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, MEI FUNG COURT, NAM NING STREET, ABERDEEN CENTRE, BEGINNING AT 2.30 PM.

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WEDNESDAY. SEPTEMBER 20, 1989

ISLANDS DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUND APPLICATIONS t » t t t

THE CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD WILL CONSIDER NINE APPLICATIONS FOR DISTRICT BOARD FUNDS AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

THE APPLICATIONS, AMOUNTING TO A TOTAL OF OVER 882,000, ARE FOR HOLDING SEVEN CHINESE NEW YEAR ACTIVITIES, ONE SPORTS AND ONE CULTURAL AND RECREATIONAL EVENT IN THE DISTRICT.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDS UNDER THE REGIONAL COUNCIL DISTRICT FESTIVALS SUBSIDY SCHEME AND MEMBERS VISITS TO DISTRICT FUNCTIONS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD’S CULTURE, RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE TO BEGIN AT 2 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT OFFICE, 20TH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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VARIETY SHOW AND EXHIBITION ON FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION » » » ♦ ♦

A VARIETY SHOW AND EXHIBITION ON FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION WILL BE HELD IN WONG TAI SIN ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 24), BEGINNING AT 2.30 PM IN THE SCHOOL HALL OF LOK SIN TONG WONG CHUNG MING SECONDARY SCHOOL AT 161 LOK SIN ROAD.

THE EVENT, WITH "THE KEY TO PARENTAL CARE IS LOVE" AS ITS THEME, IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE ACTIVITY WORKING GROUP OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE AND THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT.

THERE WILL BE PERFORMANCES BY POPULAR SINGERS WONG PO-YAN, NG KWOK-KENG AND WU WAI-HONG, GAMES AND AN EXHIBITION.

/OFFICIATING AT

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1989

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OFFICIATING AT THE EVENT’S OPENING WILL BE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN. DR MICHAEL LEE: CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD’S SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE, MR NG NGOK-SHING? ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER. MR WILLIAM KWAN; THE DISTRICT SOCIAL WELFARE OFFICER (WONG TAI SIN AND SAI KUNG) OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT. MR LAWRENCE IU; AND CONVENOR OF THE ACTIVITY WORKING GROUP, MR CHAN CHUN-FAT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE FAMILY LIFE EDUCATION VARIETY SHOW AND EXHIBITION TO BE HELD ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 24) IN THE SCHOOL HALL OF LOK SIN TONG WONG CHUNG MING SECONDARY SCHOOL AT 161 LOK SIN ROAD, SAN PO KONG, BEGINNING AT 2.30 PM.

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PROPOSAL FOR LEGISLATION TO PROTECT USE OF DB LOGOS

THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS A PROPOSAL TO INTRODUCE LEGISLATION TO PROTECT THE USE OF DISTRICT BOARD LOGOS AT ITS MEETING ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 22).

THE AIM OF THE PROPOSAL IS TO FORESTALL UNAUTHORISED USE OF DISTRICT BOARD LOGOS FOR ACTIVITIES HELD BY DIFFERENT ORGANISATIONS*

MEMBERS WILL ALSO STUDY A POLICY PAPER ON VILLAGE HOUSING IN THE NEW TERRITORIES AND ANOTHER PAPER ON HOW SMALL HOUSE APPLICATIONS ARE PROCESSED.

THEY WILL CONSIDER AN APPLICATION FROM THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT SPORTS ASSOCIATION FOR FUNDS TO ORGANISE A NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICTS SOCCER LEAGUE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SAI KUNG DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 22) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES, CHAN MAN STREET, SAI KUNG TOWN.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 1U AM.

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QUARTERLY REPORT ON GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY PUBLISHED

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THE REPORT ON THE GENERAL HOUSEHOLD SURVEY FOR APRIL-JUNE 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, ACTIVITY STATUS, OCCUPATION. INDUSTRY, HOURS WORKED PER WEEK, MONTHLY EMPLOYMENT EARNINGS AS WELL AS REASON FOR UNEMPLOYMENT AND DURATION OF UNEMPLOYMENT FOR THE UNEMPLOYED.

COPIES OF THE REPORT AT S10 EACH CAN BE OBTAINED FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND GLOOR. GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE. CENTRAL.

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GOVERNMENT LAND TO LET BY TENDER

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TENDERS ARE BEING INVITED BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT FOR THE SHORT-TERM TENANCY OF A 1.250-SQUARE-METRE SITE AT WAH KING HILL ROAD IN KWAI CHUNG.

IT WILL BE USED FOR LANDSCAPE GARDENING, PLANT NURSERY AND/OR COMMERCIAL GARDENING INCLUDING GROWING GARDEN PRODUCTS, STORAGE AND SALE OF POTTED PLANTS AND OTHER ANCILLARY GARDEN PRODUCTS.

THE TENANCY IS RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTER AN INITIAL LEASE PERIOD OF THREE YEARS.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR TENDERS IS NOON ON OCTOBER 6.

THE FORM OF TENDER, TENDER NOTICE AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DISTRICT LAND OFFICE, KWAI TSING: THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR. MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD. HONG KONG; OR THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES KOWLOON, 10TH FLOOR, YAU MA TEI CARPARK BUILDING, 250 SHANGHAI STREET.

THE TENDER PLAN MAY ALSO BE INSPECTED AT THE ABOVE OFFICES.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG ♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 22) SECTION OF ROADS IN KWUN TONG WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS 24 HOURS DAILY.

THESE ROADS ARE:

- THE SECTION OF LEI YUE MUN ROAD WESTBOUND BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH YAU TONG ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 102 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH KAI TIN ROAD;

- THE SECTION OF LEI YUE MUN ROAD WESTBOUND BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 134 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH KAI TIN ROAD AND A POINT ABOUT 22 METRES WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH CHA KWO LING ROAD: AND

- THE SECTION OF LEI YUE MUN ROAD EASTBOUND BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH TSUI PING ROAD AND YAU TONG ROAD.

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

AT THE SAME TIME, SECTIONS OF ROADS IN KWUN TONG WILL BE SUBJECT TO A SPEED LIMIT OF 70 KILOMETRES FER HOUR.

THESE ROADS ARE:

- THE SECTION OF LEI YUE MUN ROAD WESTBOUND BETWEEN THE WESTERN END OF THE UNDERPASS LINKING THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING APPROACH ROAD WITH LEI YUE MUN ROAD WESTBOUND AND THE EASTERN END OF THE FLYOVER LINKING LEI YUE MUN ROAD WESTBOUND WITH THE UNNAMED ROAD ADJOINING WAI YIP STREET; AND

- THE SECTION OF LEI YUE MUN ROAD EASTBOUND BETWEEN THE EASTERN END OF THE FLYOVER LINKING THE UNNAMED ROAD ADJOINING WAI YIP STREET WITH LEI YUE MUN ROAD EASTBOUND AND THE WESTERN END OF THE UNDERPASS LINKING LEI YUE MUN ROAD EASTBOUND WITH THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING APPROACH ROAD.

IN ADDITION, ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR AND ITS SLIPROADS WILL BE DESIGNATED PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES BAN ZONES EXCEPT FOR THE FOLLOWING SECTIONS;

- ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR BETWEEN THE QUARRY BAY INTERCHANGE AND SAI WAN HO;

- THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING TO ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR EASTBOUND:

- THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR WESTBOUND TO THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING?

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 198?

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- THE SLIP ROAD LEADING ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR

EASTBOUND TO TAI ON STREET: AND

- THE SLIP ROAD LEADING FROM TAI HONG STREET TO ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR WESTBOUND.

ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, EXCEPT THOSE WITH PERMITS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT. WILL BE PROHIBITED 24 HOURS DAILY FROM ENTERING THE BAN ZONES.

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OPENING OF NEV ROADS IN TAI PO ♦ ♦ ♦ * t

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT A NEWLY CONSTRUCTED ROAD LINK, INCLUDING A SECTION OF ROAD D3 , ROAD L6/1 AND ROAD L6/2. CONNECTING TAI PO KCR STATION AND HEUNG SZE WUI STREET/WAN TAU STREET WILL BE OPENED TO TRAFFIC AT 10 AM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 22).

AT THE SAME TIME, A NUMBER OF TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL MEASURES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON THE NEW ROAD LINK.

THE WHOLE SECTION OF THE NEW ROAD LINK. INCLUDING ROAD D3, ROAD L6/1 AND ROAD L6/2, WILL BE DESIGNATED PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES BAN ZONES.

ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, EXCEPT THOSE WITH PERMITS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT. WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THIS ROAD LINK 24 HOURS DAILY.

THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BE DESIGNATED RESTRICTED ZONES FROM 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY:

THE SECTION OF ROAD L6/2 FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH ROAD L6/1 AND ROAD D3 TO A POINT ABOUT 60 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION;

THE SECTION OF ROAD D3 FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH ROAD L6/1 AND

ROAD L6/2 TO A POINT ABOUT 165 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME

JUNCTION;

THE SECTION OF ROAD D3 FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH ROAD L6/1 AND

ROAD L6/2 TO A POINT ABOUT 465 METRES EAST OF THE SAME

JUNCTION; AND

- THE SECTION OF ROAD L6/1 FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH ROAD L6/2

AND ROAD D3 TO A POINT ABOUT 70 METRES WEST OF THE SAME

JUNCTION.

MOTORISTS WISHING TO GAIN ACCESS FROM TAI PO KCR STATION TO

HEUNG SZE WUI STREET/WAN TAU STREET AND VICE VERSA MAY USE THIS NEW

ROAD LINK IN ADDITION TO NAM WAN ROAD AND KWONG FUK ROAD.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TAI PO t » t t ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 22). ROAD SECTIONS IN TAI PO WILL BE DESIGNATED URBAN CLEARWAYS FROM 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY.

THESE ROADS ARE :

- THE SECTION OF ROAD 1.6/2 FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH ROAD L6/1 AND ROAD D3 TO A POINT ABOUT 60 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

- THE SECTION OF ROAD D3 FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH ROAD L6/1 AND

ROAD L6/2 TO A POINT ABOUT 165 METRES SOUTH OF THE SAME

JUNCTION.

- THE SECTION OF ROAD D3 FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH ROAD L6/1 AND

ROAD L6/2 TO A POINT ABOUT 465 METRES EAST OF THE SAME

JUNCTION, AND THE SECTION OF ROAD L6/1 FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH ROAD L6/2 AND ROAD D3 TO A POINT ABOUT 70 METRES WEST OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

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

AT THE SAME TIME. OTHER SECTIONS OF ROADS IN TAI PO WILL BE DESIGNATED PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES BAN ZONES.

THESE ROADS ARE : ROAD L6/1 BETWEEN HEUNG SZE WUI STREET AND ROAD D3; ROAD D3 BETWEEN ROAD L6/1 AND NAM WAN ROAD; ROAD L6/2 NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH ROAD L6/1 AND ROAD D3; AND ROAD D3 SOUTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH ROAD L6/1 AND ROAD L6/2.

ALL PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES, EXCEPT THOSE WITH PERMITS ISSUED BY THE COMMISSIONER FOR TRANSPORT. WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE BAN ZONES 24 HOURS DAILY.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 22), THE CARPARK AT THE SIDE OF LUNG CHEUNG ROAD WESTBOUND OPPOSITE PHOENIX HOUSE WILL BE DESIGNATED A GOODS VEHICLE BAN ZONE 24 HOURS DAILY.

ALL GOODS VEHICLES WILL BE PROHIBITED FROM ENTERING THE BAN ZONE.

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LANE CLOSURE ON TUEN MUN ROAD * * * * *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS, THREE LANES OF THE KOWLOON BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TUEN MUN ROAD BETWEEN YAU KOM TAU AND ITS JUNCTION WITH TSUEN WAN ROAD WILL BE CLOSED IN ROTATION BETWEEN 8 PM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 22) AND 8 PM ON SEPTEMBER 28.

CLOSURE OF TWO TRAFFIC LANES WILL ONLY BE IMPLEMENTED FROM 8 PM TO 6 AM THE FOLLOWING DAY. ONE TRAFFIC LANE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE REST OF THE TIME.

IN ADDITION, THE SLIP ROAD CONNECTING THE KOWLOON BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TUEN MUN ROAD AND CASTLE PEAK ROAD IN TSUEN WAN WILL ALSO BE CLOSED FROM 1 AM TO 6 AM BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 24 AND 28.

DURING THE PERIOD OF CLOSURE, MOTORISTS MAY USE THE EXIT AT TAI CHUNG ROAD INTERCHANGE TO GAIN ACCESS TO CASTLE PEAK ROAD.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVERNOR DRIVES THROUGH SECOND HARBOUR TUNNEL ............... 1

GOVERNOR SEES URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN EASTERN DISTRICT ......... 1

JLG TO MEET IN LONDON ....................................... 3

CHINESE COMMUNITY IN UK ’TWED TO HELP ....................... 3

OUTCOME OF MEETING ON VH RESETTLEMENT INCOURAGING ........... U

FS TO ATTEND IMF CONFERENCE.................................. 5

HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY FOR UPDATING CONSUMER PRICE INDEX ......................................................... 5

POLITICAL SYSTEM ON DB AGENDA ............................... 7

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS EXHIBITION PROPOSAL ............... 8

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME ... 8

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS PAVILION CONSTRUCTION ............. 9

DTC REGISTRATION REVOKED..........j.......................... 10

WATER CUT IN KWAI CHUNG ..................................... 10

URBAN CLEARWAY IN PERCIVAL STREET ........................... 10

URBAN CLEARWAY ON TSING YI................................... 11

ROAD CLOSURES IN KOWLOON CITY ............................... 11

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN KWUN TONG

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1989

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GOVERNOR DRIVES THROUGH SECOND HARBOUR TUNNEL

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THE OPENING OF THE SECOND HARBOUR CROSSING IS SOMETHING THAT EVERYONE HAS BEEN WAITING FOR TO HELP IMPROVE SOME OF THE CONGESTION THAT AT THE ORIGINAL HARBOUR TUNNEL, THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON. SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER OFFICIATING AT AN INAUGURAL DRIVE THROUGH AT THE EASTERN HARBOUR TUNNEL. THE GOVERNOR SAID THE NEK CROSSING WOULD BE AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT THAT WAS GOING ON IN EASTERN DISTRICT.

SIR DAVID SAID EASTERN DISTRICT, BECAUSE OF ITS IMPROVED TRANSPORT, WAS NOW A MAJOR RESIDENTIAL AREA AND WOULD INCREASINGLY BECOME A PLACE OF BUSINESS AS WELL.

"THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING IS NOW GOING TO BE A PART OF THAT BECAUSE THE LINKS BETWEEN EASTERN DISTRICT, QUARRY BAY, AND KOWLOON, ARE NOW INFINITELY BETTER THAN THEY WERE BEFORE," HE SAID.

"A JOURNEY BY MTR ACROSS FROM QUARRY BAY TO KWUN TONG TAKES SOMETHING LIKE FIVE MINUTES NOW. BEFORE THIS TUNNEL WAS OPENED IT TOOK ABOUT 40 MINUTES.

"AND THAT SHOWS TWO THINGS. ONE, IS THE WAY IN WHICH EASTERN DISTRICT IS BEING HELPED BY IMPROVED TRANSPORT, AND SECOND AND VERY IMPORTANT, THE EFFECT OF THE SECOND HARBOUR CROSSING," THE GOVERNOR SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID HE WAS IMPRESSED THAT THE NEW TUNNEL CROSSING WAS OPENING FOUR MONTHS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE.

"I THINK MOST PEOPLE IN HONG KONG WOULD BE DELIGHTED THAT THEY'VE MANAGED TO OPEN IT SO FAR AHEAD OF SCHEDULE." HE ADDED.

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GOVERNOR SEES URBAN DEVELOPMENT IN EASTERN DISTRICT

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THE GOVERNMENT IS FULLY COMMITTED TO UPGRADING TRANSPORT FACILITIES TO KEEP PACE WITH THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT OF HOUSING IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT, THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID DURING A VISIT TO THE DISTRICT TODAY (THURSDAY).

SOME 43 PER CENT OF THE POPULATION ON HONG KONG ISLAND HAVE ESTABLISHED THEIR HOMES IN THE DISTRICT WHICH IS EXPECTED TO ACCOMMODATE UP TO 600,000 RESIDENTS UPON THE COMPLETION OF SEVERAL LARGE-SCALE HOUSING PROJECTS IN SIU SAI WAN, SHAU KEI WAN FOOTHILLS AND ALDRICH BAY RECLAMATION BY THE MID 1990'S.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER , 1989

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"THE OPENING OF THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING ROAD LINK TODAY AND THE COMPLETION OF THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR STAGE III NEXT MONTH ARE MAJOR MILESTONES IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF EASTERN DISTRICT," SIR DAVID SAID.

THEY WILL MAKE THE EASTERN END OF HONG KONG ISLAND ONE OF THE MOST EASILY ACCESSIBLE AREAS IN THE TERRITORY," HE ADDED.

TURNING TO THE FUTURE, THE GOVERNOR NOTED THAT THE GREEN PAPER-ON TRANSPORT POLICY IN HONG KONG HAD PROPOSED THE CONSTRUCTION OF A THIRD RAIL HARBOUR CROSSING TO LINK UP YAU MA TEI WITH FORTRESS HILL IN NORTH POINT TO MEET GROWING TRAFFIC DEMAND AND TO REDUCE PRESSURE ON THE ROAD NETWORK.

DURING TODAY’S VISIT, SIR DAVID AND LADY WILSON TOURED THREE DIFFERENT TYPES OF HOUSING ESTATES - THE OLDER PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS, NAMELY TAK LEE, WAI LEE AND PO LEE BUILDINGS IN QUARRY BAY, AS WELL AS THE MODERN HENG FA CHUEN PRIVATE HOUSING COMPLEX AND THE WAN TSUI PUBLIC HOUSING ESTATE IN CHAI WAN.

THEY WERE TOLD THAT THE CONSTRUCTION OF LARGE-SCALE PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL ESTATES, SUCH AS HENG FA CHUEN, ALONG THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY ISLAND LINE HAS STIMULATED THE GROWTH OF THE DISTRICT AS A POPULAR RESIDENTIAL AREA IN HONG KONG.

THEY ALSO TOOK A LOOK AT THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR STAGE III PROJECT WHICH IS NEARING COMPLETION. WHEN IT IS OPEN TO TRAFFIC, THE DISTRICT WILL HAVE A CONTINUOUS EXPRESSWAY LINKING CAUSEWAY BAY WITH CHAI WAN.

THE GOVERNOR WAS PLEASED TO LEARN THAT NOISE REDUCTION MATERIALS ARE LAID ON THE SURFACE OF THE STAGE III CARRIAGEWAY TO REDUCE TRAFFIC NOISE. HE ALSO LEARNED THAT FUNDS WILL BE PROVIDED FOR SIMILAR WORKS ON SOME OTHER SECTIONS OF THE CORRIDOR WHICH ARE CLOSE TO RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS.

THE GOVERNOR AND LADY WILSON ALSO TOURED THE HOI NING STREET SITTING-OUT AREA TO SEE AN EXAMPLE OF THE EFFORT MADE BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD IN BEAUTIFYING THE DENSELY POPULATED SHAU KEI WAN AREA.

ALSO ON THE ITINERARY WAS A VISIT TO THE SHAU KEI WAN CHILDREN AND YOUTH CENTRE WHICH OFFERS A WIDE RANGE OF INTEREST CLASSES FOR SOME 2,000 YOUNG PEOPLE.

BEFORE ENDING THEIR VISIT, THE GOVERNOR AND LADY WILSON VISITED A FAMILY IN WAN TSUI ESTATE AND MET EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS AND LOCAL COMMUNITY LEADERS AT THE CHAI WAN COMMUNITY CENTRE.

SIR DAVID AND LADY WILSON WERE ACCOMPANIED ON THE VISIT BY THE REGIONAL SECRETARY FOR HONG KONG AND KOWLOON, MR DAVID LAN; EASTERN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR SHUM CHOI-SANG; AND THE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR GARY YEUNG.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1989

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JLG TO MEET IN LONDON

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THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE ANNOUNCED THIS (THURSDAY) MORNING THAT THE 13TH MEETING OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT LIAISON GROUP ON HONG KONG WILL TAKE PLACE IN LONDON FROM SEPTEMBER 27 TO 29.

THE BRITISH TEAM WILL BE LED BY THE SENIOR REPRESENTATIVE, Mr ROBIN MCLAREN (ASSISTANT UNDER-SECRETARY OF STATE (ASIA) FCO).

THE OTHER MEMBERS OF THE BRITISH TEAM WILL BE MR DONALD LIAO (SECRETARY FOR HOME AFFAIRS, HONG KONG), MR ALAN PAUL (HEAD OF HONG KONG DEPARTMENT, FCO), MR DOUG MARTIN (COUNSELLOR, OFFICE OF THE BRITISH SENIOR REPRESENTATIVE, SINO-BRITISH JOINT LIAISON GROUP, HONG KONG) AND MR WILLIAM EHRMAN (POLITICAL ADVISER, HONG KONG),

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CHINESE COMMUNITY IN UK URGED TO HELP *****

THE CHINESE COMMUNITY IN BRITAIN HAS BEEN URGED TO HELP HONG KONG PEOPLE SOLVE THE TERRITORY’S TWO MOST PRESSING PROBLEMS -- THE RIGHT OF ABODE FOR HONG KONG BRITISH SUBJECTS AND THE NEED FOR THE REPATRIATION OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE.

HONG KONG’S COMMISSIONER IN THE UK, MR JOHN YAXLEY, MADE THESE POINTS WHEN HE MET CHINESE COMMUNITY LEADERS AND DIGNITARIES IN EDINBURGH, MANCHESTER AND BIRMINGHAM DURING A RECENT VISIT.

POLICY”, THAT THEY

HE SAID MEMBERS OF THE CHINESE COMMUNITY SHOULD EXPLAIN TO THEIR BRITISH FRIENDS AND OTHERS THE NEED FOR AN "INSURANCE IN THE SHAPE AND FORM OF THE RIGHT OF ABODE IN THE UK, SO COULD REMAIN IN THE TERRITORY AND CONTRIBUTE TO ITS FURTHER SUCCESS.

ON THE BOAT HUMANE SOLUTION TO VIETNAM. THIS WAS NOT BE PUNISHED.

PEOPLE ISSUE, THE COMMISSIONER SAID THE ONLY THE PROBLEM WAS TO SEND THESE PEOPLE BACK TO WITH THE GUARANTEE THAT THOSE REPATRIATED WOULD

HE POINTED OUT THE BURDENS PLACED ON HONG KONG AS A RESULT OF THE RECENT MASSIVE INFLUX OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE AND SAID MANDATORY REPATRIATION WAS NECESSARY.

THE PURPOSE OF MR YAXLEY’S VISIT TO THE THREE CITIES WAS TO MAINTAIN LINKS WITH THE CHINESE COMMUNITIES THERE AND ALSO EXPLAIN TO BUSINESSMEN THE POTENTIAL THAT EXISTED IN HONG KONG.

IN EDINBURGH, THE COMMISSIONER AND MRS YAXLEY WERE CHIEF GUESTS AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SECOND SCOTLAND CHINESE SPORTS DAY HELD AT THE FAMOUS MEADOWBANK STADIUM.

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THE PROCEEDS FROM THE SPORTS DAY WERE DONATED TO CHINESE CHARITIES.

IN MANCHESTER AND BIRMINGHAM, MR YAXLEY SAW INDUSTRIALISTS AND MEMBERS OF THE CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY WHERE THEY DISCUSSED THE SIGNIFICANT BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP THE TWO AREAS HAD WITH HONG KONG.

THE COMMISSIONER AND MRS YAXLEY ALSO TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO VISIT THE FAULKNER COURT SHELTERED HOME FOR CHINESE ELDERLY PEOPLE IN MANCHESTER WHERE THEY WERE BRIEFED BY OFFICIALS ON HOW THE OLD PEOPLE WERE BEING LOOKED AFTER.

HE ALSO HOSTED TWO RECEPTIONS IN BIRMINGHAM AND MANCHESTER FOR ORGANISERS OF CHINESE LANGUAGE CLASSES.

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OUTCOME OF MEETING ON VR RESETTLEMENT ENCOURAGING ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE REFUGEE CO-ORDINATOR, MR MIKE HANSON, TODAY (THURSDAY) DESCRIBED AS ENCOURAGING THE OUTCOME OF THE TECHNICAL MEETING ON RESETTLEMENT OF VIETNAMESE REFUGEES WHICH WAS JUST HELD IN BANGKOK.

’’THE RESETTLEMENT COUNTRIES, PARTICULARLY AMERICA, AUSTRALIA AND CANADA HAVE MOVED VERY QUICKLY TO APPORTION THE RESETTLEMENT PLEDGES FIRST MADE AT GENEVA IN JUNE," HE SAID.

"THE AIM IS THAT 50 PER CENT OF THEIR PLEDGES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE FIRST YEAR STARTING FROM JUNE THIS YEAR, 35 PER CENT IN THE SECOND YEAR AND 15 PER CENT IN THE THIRD YEAR.

"FOR HONG KONG, THIS MEANS THE RESETTLEMENT COUNTRIES WILL MOVE BETWEEN THEM ABOUT 7,000 REFUGEES OUT OF HONG KONG IN THE 12 MONTHS ENDING JUNE NEXT YEAR, WHICH IS ABOUT HALF OF OUR REFUGEE POPULATION.

"IT IS ENCOURAGING THAT THE RESETTLEMENT COUNTRIES HAVE MOVED SO QUICKLY TO IMPLEMENT THEIR PLEDGES.

"IN THE FIRST YEAR FROM JUNE, USA WILL RESETTLE ABOUT 2,600 VIETNAMESE REFUGEES FROM HONG KONG; AUSTRALIA AND CANADA WILL TAKE ABOUT 1,500 EACH; BRITAIN WILL RESETTLE ABOUT 700; AND AUSTRIA AND NEW ZEALAND WILL TAKE ABOUT 150 AND 100 RESPECTIVELY."

MR HANSON SAID THE BANGKOK MEETING WAS THE SECOND CONVENED BY THE UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES WHICH, AMONG 01 HER THINGS, REVIEWED PROGRESS OF RESETTLEMENT PROCESSING AND DISCUSSED CRITERIA AND IMPLEMENTATION ARRANGEMENTS.

"AT THE MEETING, PLEDGES MADE PREVIOUSLY BY RESETTLEMENT COUNTRIES WERE AGGREGATED AND THEN APPORTIONED BETWEEN THE VARIOUS FIRST ASYLUM COUNTRIES." HE SAID.

/’’THE OUTCOME

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 1989

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"THE OUTCOME OF THE BANGKOK MEETING IS WELCOME BECAUSE THE JUNE PLEDGES COULD NOT BE TURNED INTO RESETTLEMENT PLACES WITHOUT A CONSIDERABLE DEGREE OF FLEXIBILITY OVER SELECTION CRITERIA."

HONG KONG WAS REPRESENTED AT THE MEETING BY THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR SECURITY, MR CHRIS WILLIAMS.

THERE ARE NOW ABOUT 13,200 VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IN HONG KONG.

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FS TO ATTEND IMF CONFERENCE t ♦ ♦ » ♦

THE FINANCIAL SECRETARY, SIR PIERS JACOBS, LEFT HONG KONG THIS (THURSDAY) EVENING TO ATTEND THE INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND CONFERENCE AS A MEMBER OF THE UNITED KINGDOM DELEGATION.

THE CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD IN WASHINGTON D.C., USA FROM SEPTEMBER 26 TO 28.

ON HIS WAY BACK, SIR PIERS WILL TAKE ON A NUMBER OF SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS IN NEW YORK, LONDON AND PARIS. HE WILL BRIEF MEMBERS OF THE BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL COMMUNITIES ON THE HONG KONG ECONOMY.

HE WILL RETURN TO HONG KONG ON OCTOBER 11.

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HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY FOR UPDATING CONSUMER PRICE INDEX t t * t t

A HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY TO UPDATE THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX (CPI) IN HONG KONG WILL BE CONDUCTED FROM NEXT MONTH (OCTOBER) TO SEPTEMBER 1990.

(THURSDAY),

THE

IS

ANNOUNCING THIS AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY

COMMISSIONER FOR CENSUS AND STATISTICS, MR BENJAMIN MOK, SAID: IT THE GOVERNMENT’S POLICY TO REVISE THE CPI EVERY FIVE YEARS IN ORDER THE SPENDING HABITS OF THE POPULATION TO

THAT THEY ADEQUATELY REFLECT WHICH THE CPI RELATES."

THE LAST REVISION WAS MADE IN 1984-85.

MR MOK EXPLAINED THAT THE CPI WAS A MAIN INDICATOR TO MEASURE CHANGES IN THE GENERAL PRICE LEVEL OF THE GOODS AND SERVICES MOST HOUSEHOLDS BUY.

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THE SIMPLEST WAY OF INTERPRETING THE INDEX IS TO IMAGINE A FIXED BASKET OF GOODS AND SERVICES USUALLY BOUGHT BY THE AVERAGE HOUSEHOLD IN A PARTICULAR EXPENDITURE GROUP.

’’FROM TIME TO TIME, THE BASKET OF GOODS AND SERVICES USED FOR COMPILING THE CPI IS REVISED TO ENSURE THAT IT CONTINUES TO REFLECT CURRENT CONSUMPTION PATTERNS," HE SAID.

IN HONG KONG, THREE DIFFERENT CPI SERIES ARE CURRENTLY PUBLISHED, NAMELY. CPI(A), CPI(Bl AND HANG SENG CPI. EACH OF THESE CPI SERIES IS APPLICABLE TO HOUSEHOLDS WHOSE MONTHLY EXPENDITURES FELL WITHIN A PARTICULAR RANGE ACCORDING TO THE RESULTS OF THE 1984-85 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY.

CPI(A) AND CPI(B) ARE COMPILED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT. THEY REFER TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN 42,000 AND $6,499 A MONTH AND BETWEEN $6,500 AND $9,999 A MONTH RESPECTIVELY IN 1984-85.

THE HANG SENG BANK COMPILES THE HANG SENG CPI WHICH COVERS HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN $10,000 AND $24,999 A MONTH IN 1984-85.

THE HOUSEHOLD SURVEY IS JOINTLY CONDUCTED BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AND THE HANG SENG BANK LTD AND IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE NEW INDEX SERIES WILL BE PUBLISHED BY LATE APRIL 1991.

A RANDOM SAMPLE OF ABOUT 8,000 ADDRESSES IN THE URBAN AREAS OF HONG KONG, KOWLOON AND THE NEW TOWNS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES HAS BEEN SELECTED FOR THE SURVEY.

MEMBERS OF THESE HOUSEHOLDS WILL BE ASKED TO KEEP DAILY RECORDS OF THEIR EXPENDITURE FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE WEEKS AND TO PROVIDE INFORMATION ON OTHER HOUSEHOLD PARTICULARS.

LETTERS HAVE BEEN SENT TO THE FIRST BATCH OF SELECTED HOUSEHOLDS REQUESTING THEM TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SURVEY. SIMILAR LETTERS WILL BE SENT EVERY OTHER WEEK TO THE REMAINING BATCHES THROUGHOUT THE NEXT 12 MONTHS.

ABOUT ONE WEEK AFTER THE LETTERS HAVE BREN DESPATCHED, OFFICERS OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT AND OF THE HANG SENG BANK WILL CALL ON THE SELECTED HOUSEHOLDS TO EXPLAIN TO THEM THE REQUIREMENT OF THE SURVEY IN DETAIL. THESE OFFICERS WILL CARRY IDENTITY CARDS ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OR THE BANK.

"THE QUESTIONNAIRES ARE DESIGNED IN SUCH A WAY THAT A HOUSEHOLD MEMBER WILL NEED TO SPEND ONLY A FEW MINUTES A DAY TO COMPLETE THE RECORDING OF HIS/HER DAILY EXPENDITURES DURING THE TWO-WEEK PERIOD," MR MOK SAID.

IF REQUIRED, INTERVIEWING OFFICERS WILL BE PREPARED TO WORK OUTSIDE NORMAL OFFICE HOURS TO SUIT THE NEEDS OF INDIVIDUAL HOUSEHOLDS.

/THE PARTICIPATING

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER ?1, 1989

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THE PARTICIPATING HOUSEHOLDS, AFTER PROVIDING ALL THE RELEVANT INFORMATION, WILL RECEIVE AN HONORARIUM FROM THE DEPARTMENT AS A TOKEN OF ITS APPRECIATION FOR THEIR CO-OPERATION.

MR MOK APPEALED TO ALL SELECTED HOUSEHOLDS TO CO-OPERATE BY SUPPLYING THE INFORMATION REQUIRED.

HE EMPHASISED THAT THE CPI’S WERE IMPORTANT INDICATORS OF INFLATION.

"THEY ARE NOT ONLY USED BY THE GOVERNMENT IN MAKING ECONOMIC ANALYSES AND FORMULATING POLICIES, BUT ARE WIDELY USED AS REFERENCE BY BOTH THE PRIVATE SECTOR AND THE GOVERNMENT FOR ADJUSTING WAGES AND SALARIES AND VARIOUS KINDS OF LIVING ALLOWANCES." HE SAID.

THE RELIABILITY OF THE CPI’S DEPENDS VERY MUCH ON RELIABLE DATA BEING OBTAINED FROM THE HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY, HE ADDED.

MR MOK ASSURED THE PUBLIC THAT THE INFORMATION THEY PROVIDED IN CONNECTION WITH THE SURVEY WILL BE KEPT TN STRICT CONFIDENCE AND WILL NOT BE RELEASED TO EXTERNAL ORGANISATIONS OR OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENTS IN ANY IDENTIFIABLE FORM.

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POLITICAL SYSTEM ON DB AGENDA

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THE DEVELOPMENT

TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD OF HONG KONG’S POLITICAL

WILL SYSTEM

DISCUSS THE AT A SPECIAL

FUTURE MEETING

TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

A COMPOSITE PROPOSAL FOR THE DEVELOPMENT COMPILED BY SEVERAL

MEMBERS WILL BE DISCUSSED.

A PAPER

ON

THAT SHOULD BE RETURNED BY

THE COMPOSITION OF SEATS XR ‘.EOJSLATIVE

COUNCIL

DIRECT ELECTION IN 1991 WILL BE TABLED.

MEMBERS

WILL ALSO COUNCIL^

onM?hIEpace of democratisation in hong KONO".

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THETUEN^UN^OISTRICT^SOA^SPECIAL "pK^Jen’^VErS? OmCBS, X THEN HI ROAD, TVER MUR.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS EXHIBITION PROPOSAL

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MEMBERS OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMERCE. INDUSTRY. AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES COMMITTEE WILL TOMORROW (FRIDAY) FURTHER DISCUSS A PROPOSAL THAT A LARGE-SCALE EXHIBITION BE HELD IN THE DISTRICT.

THE EXHIBITION WOULD COVER THE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT IN ON LOK TSUEN. FUTURE PROSPECTS OF AGRICULTURE AND MARICULTURE IN THE DISTRICT. AS WELL AS THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT IN THE FANL1NG/SHEUNG SHUI NEW TOWN.

IT WOULD BE SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE IN APRIL OR MAY NEXT YEAR.

THE AIM WOULD BE TO GIVE LOCAL RESIDENTS AN INSIGHT INTO DEVELOPMENTS TN NORTH DISTRICT AND ENHANCE THEIR SENSE OF BELONGING.

ALSO AT THE MEETING. MEMBERS WILL GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON THE PROPOSED WORK PROGRAMME FOR THE COMMITTEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE NORTH DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMERCE. INDUSTRY, AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES COMMITTEE TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE NORTH DISTRICT OFFICE, JOCKEY CLUB ROAD. FANLING. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS TRANSPORT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME *****

THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL AND TRANSPORT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE DRAFT 1990-91 PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME FOR THE DISTRICT AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

MEMBERS WILL ASK FOR A REVIEW OF THE TRANSPORT PROBLEMS IN LO WAI VILLAGE DURING HOLIDAYS AND WILL DISCUSS BUS SERVICES FOR RESIDENTS OF RIVIERA GARDENS.

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THE PROGRESS REPORTS OF THE MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS AND FROM THE COMMITTEE’S VARIOUS WORKING GROUPS WILL BE TABLED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL AND TRANSPORT AFFAIRS COMMITTEE TO BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, SECOND FLOOR, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, TSUEN WAN .

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS PAVILION CONSTRUCTION ♦ ♦ ♦ t ♦

THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD'S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS OBJECTIONS TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF A LOOKOUT PAVILION ON LAMMA ISLAND AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE PROPOSED

TELEPHON1 EXCHANGE

OBJECTIONS HAVE BEEN

SITE FOR THE $110,000 PROJECT IS NEAR THE

BUILDING AT PO WAH YUEN, NORTH LAMM,1) AND

RECEIVED AFTER A NOTICE WAS POSTED THERE BY THE

ISLANDS DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO BE INFORMED OF THE PROGRESS OF VARIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS.

THEY WILL DISCUSS THE SUPPLY OF MECHANICAL GRASS CUT IERS TO THE DISTRICT’S EIGHT RURAL COMMITTEES AND THE PROPOSED ITINERARY FOR A SITE VISIT TO MUI WO AND TUNG CHUNG ON LANTAU.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE TO BEGIN AT 2 PM TO”O^OW (FRIDAY) IN THE ISLAND DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, 20TH FLOOR, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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DTC REGISTRATION REVOKED * t * *

THE COMMISSIONER. OF BANKING ANNOUNCED THAT SWARD FINANCE LIMITED AS A DEPOSIT-TAKING COMPANY THE CLOSE OF BUSINESS TODAY (THURSDAY) AT ITS SECTION 31(2) OF THE BANKING ORDINANCE.

THE REGISTRATION OF

HAS BEEN REVOKED AT OWN REQUEST UNDER

WATER CUT IN KWAI CHUNG t ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN KWAI CHUNG WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 23) TO 6 PM THE NEXT DAY TO FACILITATE WATER WORKS.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY CASTLE PEAK ROAD (KWAI CHUNG SECTION), LAI KING HILL ROAD, SHEUNG KOK STREET, KWAI SHING CIRCUIT, KWAI CHUNG ROAD, TAI LIN PAI ROAD, CONTAINER PORT ROAD, INCLUDING LAI KING ESTATE, KWAI CHUNG ESTATE, KWAI HING ESTATE, KWAI FONG ESTATE AND HA KWAI CHUNG VILLAGE.

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URBAN CLEARWAY IN PERCIVAL STREET

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 23), THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF PERCIVAL STREET IN CAUSEWAY BAY, FROM ITS JUNCTION WITH HENNESSY ROAD TO A POINT ABOUT 20 METRES TO THE SOUTH WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT DAILY.

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

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URBAN CLEARWAY ON TSI NG YI

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 23) A SECTION OF TSING KING ROAD, BETWEEN A POINT ALOt I 100 METRES EAST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH THE ACCESS ROAD IO I HI. CHEl NG On BUS TERMINUS AND A POINT ABOUT 320 METRES NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION KITH TSING LUK STREET. WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM . AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

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

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ROAD CLOSURES IN KOWLOON CITY

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE THE DEMOLITION OF TWO FOOTBRIDGES ACROSS WANG TAU HOM EAST ROAD, TWO ROADS WILL BE CLOSED DAILY FROM 1 AM TO 5 AM ON SATURDAY AND SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 23 AND 24).

THESE ROADS ARE THE SECTION OF WANG TAU HOM EAST ROAD BETWEEN WANG TAU HOM SOUTH ROAD AND JUNCTION ROAD, AND FU MEI STREET EAST.

DURING THESE ROAD CLOSURES, MOTORISTS ON JUNCTION ROAD NORTHBOUND HEADING FOR WANG TAU HOM SOUTH ROAD ARE ADVISED TO TRAVEL VIA HENG LAM STREET. FUNG MO STREET. FU MEI STREET AND WANG TAU HOM EAST ROAD.

MOREOVER, MOTORISTS ON JUNCTION ROAD SOUTHBOUND HEADING FOR WANG TAU HOM SOUTH ROAD ARE ADVISED TO TRAVEL VIA CHUK YUEN ROAD, FU MEI STREET, FU KEUNG STREET, WANG TAU HOM CENTRAL ROAD AND WANG TAU HOM EAST ROAD.

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 23), THE URBAN CLEARWAY AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUS BAN ZONE ON HONG NING ROAD, KWUN TONG, WILL BE CANCELLED.

THE 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY COVERS THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF HONG NING ROAD SECTION BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH YEE ON STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 90 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

THE 7 AM TO MIDNIGHT DAILY PUBLIC LIGHT BUS BAN ZONE COVERS THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF HONG NING ROAD SECTION BETWEEN A POINT ABOUT 28 METRES NORTH OF ITS JUNCTION WITH YEE ON STREET AND A POINT ABOUT 90 METRES NORTH OF THE SAME JUNCTION.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1989

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REGISTRATION FEES FOR HOSPITALS, NURSING HOMES AND MATERNITY HOMES REVISED.................................... 1

FEES FOR HANDLING EXPLOSIVES REVISED ...................... 1

DISABLED GIVE MORE AT WORK................................. 5

PROPOSED RECLAMATION AT TUI MIN HOI, SAI KUNG.............. 4

PSPS DEVELOPMENT ON TSING YI .............................. 5

PRIMARY SCHOOL TO BE BUILT IN MA ON SHAN .................. 5

HK IN SUPPORT OF WORLD DAY OF CLEAN MOUNTAINS.............. 6

NEW CASE OF CHOLERA CONFIRMED.............................. 7

RESIDENTS URGED TO REDISTER AS ELECTORS ................... 7

EXHIBITION TO EXPLAIN WORK OF AREA COMMITTEES ............. 8

WATER CARNIVAL TO START SPORTS FESTIVAL ON ISLANDS ........ 9

CLEANLINESS CAMPAIGN IN WONG TAI SIN SQUATTER AREAS ...... 10

YAU TSIM SWIMMING GALA ON SUNDAY.......................... 11

FIRING PRACTICE IN OCTOBER................................ 11

NT TRAFFIC PLAN FOR CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL.................. 12

PARKING METER OPERATION IN PEAK RO/J) EXTENDED............ 16

LANE CLOSURE ON TUEN MUN ROAD............................. 16

FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 22, 1989

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REGISTRATION FEES FOR HOSPITALS, NURSING HOMES AND MATERNITY HOMES REVISED t * t I t

THE HOSPITALS, NURSING HOMES AND MATERNITY HOMES REGISTRATION (AMENDMENT) BILL 1989. WHICH SEEKS TO INCREASE FEES FOR THE REGISTRATION OF HOSPITALS, NURSING HOMES AND MATERNITY HOMES, WAS PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

AT PRESENT, A FEE OF $20 IS CHARGED FOR THE INITIAL REGISTRATION OF THESE MEDICAL INSTITUTIONS OR FOR THEIR RE-REGISTRATION AT THE END OF EVERY YEAR. THE BILL PROVIDES TWO SEPARATE FEES: FIRST REGISTRATION FEE AT $1,350, AND SUBSEQUENT REGISTRATION FEE AT $90.

“IT IS GOVERNMENT POLICY THAT FEES FOR THE REGISTRATION OF THESE INSTITUTIONS SHOULD BE SET AT A LEVEL WHICH ENSURES FULL COST-RECOVERY.

“THE PRESENT FEES HAVE NOT BEEN REVISED SINCE 1966 AS THE REVENUE INVOLVED IS VERY SMALL,” A HEALTH AND WELFARE BRANCH SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE PROPOSED FEE INCREASES WILL ONLY AFFECT ABOUT 40 INSTITUTIONS. THE ADDITIONAL REVENUE GENERATED AMOUNTS TO SOME $4,000 PER ANNUM.

THE BILL ALSO PROVIDES FOR FUTURE CHANGES IN FEES TO BE EFFECTED BY LEGISLATIVE COUNCI I. RESOLUTION.

THE BILL WILL BE INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL ON OCTOBER 25.

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FEES FOR HANDLING EXPLOSIVES REVISED ♦ ♦ * ♦ ♦

THE EXPLOSIVES

FEES FOR MANUFACTURING, STORING, MOVING OR HAVE BEEN INCREASED WITH EFFECT FROM TODAY (FRIDAY).

USING

THE NEW FEES ARE PRESCRIBED IN THE DANGEROUS GOODS (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1989, DANGEROUS GOODS (GOVERNMENT DEPOTS) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1989 AND MINES (SAFETY) REGULATIONS 1989, WHICH WERE PUBLISHED IN TODAY’S GAZEIIE.

(GENERAL) EXPLOSIVES (AMENDMENT)

THE DANGEROUS GOODS (GENERAL) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1989 INCREASE THE FEES FOR LICENCES AND PERMITS RELATING TO MANUFACTURING, STORING, MOVING AND USING VARIOUS CATEGORIES OF EXPLOSIVES.

/THE DANGEROUS

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1989

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THE DANGEROUS GOODS (GOVERNMENT EXPLOSIVES DEPOTS I (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1989 INCREASE THE FEES IN RESPECT OF THE STORAGE AND DELIVERY OF EXPLOSIVES AND EXPLOSIVES ACCESSORIES IN GOVERNMENT EXPLOSIVES DEPOTS.

THE MINES (SAFETY) (AMENDMENT) REGULATIONS 1989 PROVIDE FOR INCREASES IN FEES PAYABLE IN RESPECT OF MINE BLASTING CERTIFICATES.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE MINES DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT SAID THE REVISION FOLLOWED THE RISING OPERATING COSTS AND INCREASED RENTAL FOR THE DEPOTS.

"THE FEES RELATING TO THE ISSUE OF EXPLOSIVE LICENCES/PERMITS, THE STORAGE AND DELIVERY OF EXPLOSIVES AND THE ISSUE OF MINE BLASTING CERTIFICATES WERE LAST REVISED IN 1987," HE SAID.

"THE NEW FEES WILL HAVE MINIMAL EFFECT ON THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY AS THE COSTS OF EXPLOSIVES FORM ONLY A VERY SMALL PART OF THE TOTAL COSTS OF CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS."

THE OLD AND NEW FEES FOR SOME OF THE SERVICES SET OUT IN THE THREE REGULATIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

OLD NEW

t FOR STORAGE OF EXPLOSIVES PER 50 KG $82.50 $117

t FOR DELIVERY OF EXPLOSIVES NOT EXCEEDING 50 KG (INCLUDING REMOVAL PERMIT $45) $980 $1,520

* FOR ISSUE OF A PERMIT TO DISCHARGE EXPLOSIVES $14,000 PER ANNUM $17,000 PER ANNUM

* FOR ISSUE OF A MINE BLASTING CERTIFICATE $335 $585

* FOR RENEWAL OF A MINE BLASTING CERTIFICATE $270 $505

FOR ENDORSEMENT OF A MINE BLASTING CERTIFICATE $270 $540

FOR REPLACEMENT OF A MINE BLASTING $60 $80

CERTIFICATE

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THE DANGEROUS GOODS STANDING COMMITTEE HAD BEEN CONSULTED AND HAD AGREED TO THE INCREASES.

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DISABLED GIVE MORE AT WORK * * * * *

THE DISABLED ARE JUST AS COMPETENT AS THEIR ABLE-BODIED COUNTERPARTS IF THEY ARE GIVEN A FAIR CHANCE, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR TONY HAMMOND, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

HE MADE THE REMARK AT THE NINTH SOUVENIRS PRESENTATION CEREMONY FOR EMPLOYERS OF DISABLED PERSONS ORGANISED BY THE SELECTIVE PLACEMENT DIVISION OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

THE ANNUAL EVENT IS TO PAY TRIBUTE TO EMPLOYERS WHO HAVE EITHER EMPLOYED A LARGE NUMBER OF DISABLED PERSONS OR HAVE MADE SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS TO ACCOMMODATE DISABLED EMPLOYEES.

MR HAMMOND TOLD THE GATHERING THAT EMPLOYERS WERE LIKELY TO TAKE ON MORE DISABLED EMPLOYEES AFTER THEY HAD GAINED PERSONAL EXPERIENCE IN ENGAGING DISABLED PERSONS AND KNEW MORE ABOUT THEIR WORKING ABILITIES.

• "AMONG THE 12 EMPLOYERS WHO RECEIVE SOUVENIR PLAQUES TODAY, AT LEAST HALF OF THEM HAVE RECEIVED SUCH AWARDS BEFORE," HE SAID.

"DURING THE 12 MONTHS ENDING JUNE THIS YEAR, THE NUMBER OF EMPLOYERS WHO ENGAGED DISABLED EMPLOYEES THROUGH THE DIVISION PASSED THE 500 MARK FOR THE FIRST TIME, THOUGH IT IS NOT EASY TO BRING ABOUT A POSITIVE ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE EMPLOYMENT OF THE DISABLED," HE ADDED.

APART FROM OUTSTANDING EMPLOYERS, MR HAMMOND SAID PUBLIC RECOGNITION SHOULD ALSO BE GIVEN TO PRAISEWORTHY EMPLOYEES.

TO MAKE THIS YEAR'S CEREMONY MORE MEANINGFUL, OUTSTANDING DISABLED EMPLOYEES AWARDS WERE PRESENTED TO SEVEN DISABLED EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE DEMONSTRATED HARD WORK, ABILITY AND LOYALTY AT WORK.

"THEY PROVIDE REAL LIFE EXAMPLES OF THIS YEAR’S MESSAGE - THE DISABLED GIVE MORE AT WORK," MR HAMMOND SAID.

THE 12 ORGANISATIONS WHICH WERE AWARDED SOUVENIR PLAQUES EMPLOYED AMONG THEMSELVES A TOTAL OF 194 DISABLED EMPLOYEES BETWEEN JULY 1988 AND JUNE THIS YEAR.

THEY WERE: MCDONALD’S RESTAURANTS (HK) LTD., LO'S CLEANING SERVICES LTD., SECURITY ALLIANCE LTD., GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, ROTH & SONS ESTATE MANAGEMENT LTD., HONG KONG MARRIOTT HOTEL, ETERNAL GARMENTS LTD., ERA PRODUCTION, WING HANG METAL WATCH DIAL FACTORY, D & D MESSENGER & DELIVERY SERVICES CO., AND PACIFIC GARMENT FACTORY LTD.

CERTIFICATES OF APPRECIATION WERE PRESENTED TO THE EIGHT ESTABLISHMENTS WHICH HAD GIVEN FULL AND FAIR CONSIDERATION TO THE EMPLOYMENT OF DISABLED PERSONS OR HAD MADE SPECIAL EFFORTS TO RE-ARRANGE DUTIES AND REDEPLOY STAFF TO ACCOMMODATE DISABLED WORKERS.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1989

THEY WERE: TERMBRAY ELECTRONICS CO. LTD., LUCULLUS FOOD & WINES CO. LTD., HUNG LEE TRADING CO., MULTI-GAIN GARMENT FACTORY LTD., SOLAR BUTTON FACTORY LTD., THE WING ON DEPARTMENT STORES (HONG KONG) LTD., CHESTERTON PETTY LTD., AND THE PREMIER RESTAURANTS LTD.

THE SEVEN DISABLED PERSONS WHO WERE PRESENTED WITH OUTSTANDING DISABLED EMPLOYEES AWARDS WERE: MR KONG KUI-HUNG OF HONG KONG MARRIOTT HOTEL, MR KWOK YUNG-KAN OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MISS LAM PUI-MAN OF HUTCHISON PAGING LTD., MR LEE KWOK-YIN OF THE HOUSING DEPARTMENT, MISS TSE KA-PO OF THE WING ON DEPARTMENT STORES (HONG KONG) LTD., MISS TSUI SUEN OF OUTBOARD MARINE ASIA LTD., AND MR WAN SHEUNG-NUEN OF TAI SANG ESTATE AGENCY LTD.

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PROPOSED RECLAMATION AT TUI MIN HOI, SAI KUNG t * t * t

THE GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO GRANT SHORT TERM TENANCIES FOR BOATYARD PURPOSES AT TUI MIN HOI, SAI KUNG.

RECLAMATION AND ERECTION OF STRUCTURES FOR 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 EXTENT OF THE AREA AFFECTED WAS DESCRIBED IN A NOTICE PUBLISHED IN THE GAZETTE TODAY (FRIDAY).

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 NOVEMBER 21.

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.

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

THE PLAN CAN ALSO BE SEEN AT THE FOLLOWING OFFICES:

- BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT SURVEY AND MAPPING OFFICE, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG (WHERE COPIES CAN BE PURCHASED ON ORDER);

- CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRY SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES, WEST WING, MAIN ENTRANCE LOBBY, HONG KONG;

- DISTRICT LANDS OFFICE, SAI KUNG, THIRD FLOOR, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 34 CHAN MAN STREET, SAI KUNG;

AND

- SAI KUNG DISTRICT OFFICE, SECOND FLOOR, SAI KUNG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 34 CHAN MAN STREET, SAI KUNG.

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ERIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1989

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PSPS DEVELOPMENT ON TSING YI » * » 1 t

A PRIVATE SECTOR PARTICIPATION SCHEME DEVELOPMENT WILL BE UNDERTAKEN ON A 9,860-SQUARE-METRE SITE ON TSING YI ISLAND.

UNDER THE SCHEME, MORE THAN 900 RESIDENTIAL UNITS, RANGING FROM 35 TO 55 SQUARE METRES, WILL BE PROVIDED. OVER 500 OF THEM WILL HAVE THREE BEDROOMS.

THE DEVELOPER IS ALSO REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A THREE-CLASSROOM KINDERGARTEN AND A 3,200-SQUARE-METRE OPEN SPACE, INCLUDING TENNIS COURTS AND A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND.

THE SITE, WHICH IS LOCATED IN AREA 1 OF THE ISLAND, IS BEING OFFERED FOR SALE BY TENDER BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON NOVEMBER 17.

TENDERS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE CENTRAL TENDER BOARD, AND PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX AT THE LIFT LOBBY OF THE EAST WING OF THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES AT LOWER ALBERT ROAD, CENTRAL.

TENDER DOCUMENTS ARE AVAILABLE AT VARIOUS NEW TERRITORIES DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES.

THE PROJECT IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION BY SEPTEMBER 1992.

UPON COMPLETION, THE TOTAL GROSS FLOOR AREA FOR RESIDENTIAL USE SHOULD NOT EXCEED 48,900 SQUARE METRES AND GROSS FLOOR AREA FOR NON-RESIDENTIAL (EXCLUDING RESIDENTIAL) PURPOSES SHOULD NOT EXCEED 580 SQUARE METRES.

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PRIMARY SCHOOL TO BE BUILT IN MA ON SHAN i I * » I

A NEW "FLEXI-DESIGN" PRIMARY SCHOOL, WHICH WILL ALLOW CONVERSION INTO A SECONDARY SCHOOL AT MINIMAL COST, IS TO BE BUILT IN AREA 100, MA ON SHAN.

OCCUPYING A SITE AREA OF ABOUT 5,500 SQUARE METRES, THE SCHOOL WILL HAVE SIX STOREYS, COMPRISING 30 STANDARD CLASSROOMS, FOUR SPECIAL CLASSROOMS, AN ASSEMBLY HALL, A BASKETBALL COURT, A COVERED PLAYGROUND AND A ROOFTOP PLAYGROUND.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT WHICH IS EXPECTED TO START IN FEBRUARY NEXT YEAR AND WILL TAKE ABOUT 16 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

FORMS OF TENDER AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, 34 TH FLOOR, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 66 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG.

TENDERS SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BEFORE NOON ON OCTOBER 20 THIS YEAR.

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FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 22. 1989

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HK IN SUPPORT OF WORLD DA\ OF CLEAN MOUNTAINS I ♦ t t e ♦

HONG KONG’S HIKING AND MOUNTAINEERING GROUPS WILL TURN FULL FORCE ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 21) LN SUPPORT OF THE WORLD CLEAN MOUNTAINS BY CLEANING UP THE LION ROCK AND KAM SHAN

OUT IN DAY OF COUNTRY

PARKS.

THE CLEANING EXPEDITIONS ARE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG MOUNTAINEERING UNION. Till HONG KONG FEDERATION OF HIKING GROUPS AND THI AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

THE DAY’S ACTIVITIES WILL BE LAUNCHED BY SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES. THE HON PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG MOUNTAINEERING UNION, AT A CEREMONY TO BE HELD AT A PICNIC SITE IN THE LION ROCK COUNTRY PARK AT 10.15 AM.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WILL BE AFD’S ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (CONSERVATION AND ( OUNTRY PARKS). MR FRANK LAU.

AFTER THE CEREMONY, STR DAVID AND MR LAU WILL LEAD A TEAM OF PROFESSIONAL ROCK CLIMBERS TO (’LEAN UP THE HILL TOP OF AMAH ROCK AND ITS STEEP SLOPES WHERE ACCESSIBILITY IS POSSIBLE ONLY FOR. THE VERY EXPERIENCED MOUNTAINEERS.

THE CLEAN-UP ACTIVITIES ALSO FORM PART OF THE PROMOTION FOR THE HIKING LITTER WARDEN SCHEME ORGANISED BY AFD TO ENCOURAGE PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT IN KEEPING THE COUNTRYSIDE ENVIRONMENT CLEAN.

THE WORLD DAY OF CLEAN MOUNTAINS IS DESIGNATED BY THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF ALPINIST ASSOCIATION TO DRAW PUBLIC ATTENTION TO THE NEED FOR BETTER PROTECTION OF THE MOUNTAIN ENVIRONMENT.

THE WORLD DAY OF CLEAN MOUNTAINS WILL BE CELEBRATED ON THE WEEKEND OF SEPTIMBER 23 AND 21 IN THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE AND IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE ON THE WEEKEND OF MARCH 17 AND 18, 1990.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPRESENTATIVE TO COVER THE LAUNCHING CEREMONY OF THE ’’WORLD DAY OF CLEAN MOUNTAINS” ACTIVITIES AND THE CLEAN-UP OF AMAH ROCK ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 24) MORNING.

TRANSPORT FOR MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES WILL LEAVE AFD HEADQUARTERS, CANTON ROAD GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 393 CANTON ROAD, KOWLOON AT 9.30 AM.

THOSE TAKING THEIR OWN TRANSPORT ARE REQUESTED TO ASSEMBLE AT THE CARPARK AT THE JUNCTION OF HUNG MUI KUK ROAD AND LION ROCK TUNNEL ROAD (UNDER THE FLYOVER) IN SHA TIN BY 10 AM.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1989

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NEU’ CASE OF CHOLERA CONFIRMED ♦ t ♦ *

A 30-YEAR-OLD MAN WAS TODAY (FRIDAY) CONFIRMED TO BE SUFFERING FROM CHOLERA, THE 23RD CASE REPORTED SO FAR THIS YEAR.

ANNOUNCING THIS, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SAID THE PATIENT BECAME ILL ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 20) AND WAS SUFFERING FROM ABDOMINAL PAIN, VOM1TTING AND DIARRHOEA.

HE ATTENDED THE YAN 01 POLYCLINIC IN TUEN MUN YESTERDAY

WAS LATER TRANSFERRED TO PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL WHERE HE

AND

WAS

ADMITTED.

TESTS CARRIED OUT IN Till': HOSPITAL CONFIRMED TODAY THAT THE MAN HAD CONTRACTED CHOLERA. II IS CONDITION WAS TODAY DESCRIBED BY THE ATTENDING DOCTOR AS "FAIR”.

THIS PATIENT HAD BEEN AWAY FROM HONG KONG AND RETURNED ONE DAY BEFORE ONSET OF SYMPTOMS. THE CASE WAS ACCORDINGLY CLASSIFIED AS AN IMPORTED ONE.

MEANWHILE, OFFICERS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAD VISITED THE PATIENT’S HOME IN TUEN MUN AND ALL FAMILY MEMBERS HAD BEEN EXAMINED AND GIVEN PREVENTIVE DRUGS. THE PREMISES HAD ALSO BEEN DISINFECTED.

THE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THAT DESPITE THE ONSET OF THE COOLER SEASON, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WERE STILL ADVISED TO OBSERVE FOOD, PERSONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL HYGIENE TO PREVENT THEIR CONTRACTING DIARRHOEAL DISEASES.

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RESIDENTS WHO HAVE NOT YET REGISTERED AS ELECTORS ARE URGED TO DO SO BEFORE THE CURRENT REGISTRATION CAMPAIGN CLOSES AT THE END OF THE MONTH.

THE APPEAL WAS MADE BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICER, MR STEPHEN FISHER, THIS (FRIDAY) MORNING AFTER OFFICIATING AT A DRAW OF CORRECT ENTRIES IN THE DISTRICT’S VOTER REGISTRATION CROSSWORD-PUZZLE COMPETITION.

MR FISHER STRESSED THAT RESIDENTS WHO MISS THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE CAN STILL REGISTER WITH THE REGISTRATION AND ELECTORAL DIVISION BY NOVEMBER 20 IF THEY WANT TO HAVE THEIR NAMES ON THE FINAL REGISTER TO BE RELEASED IN JANUARY.

HE ALSO SAID THAT RESPONSE TO THE COMPETITION WAS ENCOURAGING.

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"A TOTAL OF 200 ENTRIES WER1 RECEIVED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, AND THE COMPETITION HAS ACHIEVED ITS GOAL OF ENHANCING CIVIC AWARENESS AMONG RESIDENTS. JUDGING FROM THE VERY HIGH PERCENTAGE OF ENTRIES WITH CORRECT ANSWERS," HE ADDED.

PRIZES \ND SOUVENIRS WILL BE PRESENTED IN RESPECT OF 13 ENTRIES Pl( Ml' AT HIE DRAW.

MR FISHER THANKED THE TUNG TAI HONG, WHICH OPERATES A CHAIN OF SUPERMARKETS, FOR SPONSORING THE PRIZES.

ALSO PRESENT’ AT THE DRAW WAS A DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER. MRS IRENE LEE.

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EXHIBITION TO EXPLAIN

I t

WORK OF AREA COMMITTEES * * *

AN DISTRICT CENTRE.

EXHIBITION ON THE WORK

IS

OF AREA COMMITTEES IN

BEING HELD AT THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE

THE

IN

SOUTHERN ABERDEEN

USING PHOTOGRAPHS AND DESCRIPTIONS, THE EXHIBITION OUTLINES

THE FUNCTIONS. STRUCTURE AND THE TERMS OF REFERENCE OF THE GOVERNMENT-APPOINTED AREA COMMITTEES, AS WELL AS THEIR WIDE-RANGING ACTIVITIES.

IT ALSO EXPLAINS THE COMMITTEES' ROLE IN THE DISTRICT CONSULTATIVE MACHINERY AND THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN THE DISTRICT BOARD'S "BLOCK ALLOCATION SCHEME" UNDER WHICH RESIDENTS’ ORGANISATIONS CAN APPLY' FOR FUNDS FROM THE COMMITTEES FOR HOLDING AREA ACTIVITIES.

EACH OF THE SEVEN AREAS IN THE DISTRICT ABERDEEN AND HARBOUR, POK FU LAM, TIN WAN AND SHEK PAI WAN, WAH FU, WONG CHUK HANG, AP LEI CHAU, AND STANLEY, SHEK O AND BAYS - HAS AN AREA COMMITTEE TO ADVISE THE GOVERNMENT ON LOCAL AFFAIRS.

A TOTAL OF 110 MEMBERS HAVE BEEN APPOINTED FROM OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY TO SERVE ON THESE COMMITTEES.

A WIDE SPECTRUM

"ALL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE WELCOME TO VISIT THE EXHIBITION AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRE OF THE DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF MEI FUNG COURT, 7-11 NAM NING STREET, ABERDEEN CENTRE," A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

AFTER DISPLAYING AT THE CENTRE, THE EXHIBITION PANELS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR LOAN TO DISTRICT ORGANISATIONS FOR THEIR USES.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE CONCERNED PROCEDURES CAN BE DIRECTED TO MR WILFRED TONG ON TEL. 5-5211-18.

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FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 22. 1989

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WATER CARNIVAL TO START SPORTS FESTIVAL ON ISLANDS t » * t I

THE FIRST ISLANDS SPORTS FESTIVAL. WHICH COMPRISES OVER 50 EVENTS TO BE HELD ON LANTAU, CHEUNG CHAU, PENG CHAU AND LAMMA ISLANDS, WILL BEGIN ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 24 1.

WITH "VITALITY ON THE ISLANDS" AS ITS THEME, THE FESTIVAL IS ORGANISED TO ENCOURAGE ISLANDERS’ PARTICIPATION IN SPORTS AND TO PROMOTE THEIR SENSE OF BELONGING TO THE DISTRICT.

THE 15-DAY FESTIVAL WILL COVER SUCH EVENTS AS MARATHON RACE, BALL GAMES, CYCLING, FISHING, ROLLER SKATING, HORSE BACK RIDING, TELEMATCH AND A SPORTS CAMP.

IT COSTS $300,000 WITH THE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD AND THE REGIONAL COUNCIL EACH DONATING $100,000, AND THE REMAINDER COMING FROM A NUMBER OF OTHER SPONSORS.

AN OPENING CEREMONY, TO BE FOLLOWED BY A WATER CARNIVAL, WILL BE HELD AT TUNG WAN BEACH ON CHEUNG CHAU ON SUNDAY, BEGINNING AT 2.30 PM.

SENIOR LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR, MR ALLEN LEE, WILL BE THE GUEST OF HONOUR AT THE OPENING.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS INCLUDE ISLANDS DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR LAM WAI-KEUNG; DISTRICT OFFICER, MR JONATHAN NG; CHAIRMAN OF THE ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR KWONG KWOK-KAM; AND THE HONORARY PRESIDENTS AND VICE PRESIDENTS OF THE SPORTS FESTIVAL.

WIND SURFING, CANOEING AND LONG DISTANCE SWIMMING COMPETITIONS WILL BE HELD DURING THE WATER CARNIVAL.

AT THE TYPHOON SHELTER OFF THE PAK TAI PLAYGROUND, CHEUNG CHAU, A COLOUR BOAT RACE WILL BE HELD THROUGHOUT THE DAY.

RESIDENTS AND VISITORS ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE OPENING CEREMONY AND THE WATER CARNIVAL TO SHARE THE FUN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE ISLANDS SPORTS FESTIVAL '89 OPENING CEREMONY AND WATER CARNIVAL WHICH WILL BE HELD AT TUNG WAN BEACH, CHEUNG CHAU, ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 24), BEGINNING AT 2.30 PM.

THE PRESS LAUNCH "CHAP YAT" WILL LEAVE KOWLOON PUBLIC PIER FOR CHEUNG CHAU AT 12.30 PM. INFORMATION OFFICER, MR RAYMOND TAM, WILL BE ON HAND TO ASSIST.

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CLEANLINESS CAMPAIGN IN WONG TAI SIN SQUATTER AREAS

*****

A CLEANLINESS CAMPAIGN WILL BE LAUNCHED AT SQUATTER AREAS IN WONG TAI SIN ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 2-1) TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT THERE.

THE FOUR-WEEK-LONG CAMPAIGN ALSO AIMS AT AROUSING SQUATTER AREA RESIDENTS’ AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS.

THE CAMPAIGN IS ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN SQUATTER AREAS CLEANLINESS CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S SQUATTER AREAS COMMITTEE.

A CEREMONY TO BEGIN THE CAMPAIGN WILL BE HELD AT THE SUN HING ROAD SITTING-OUT AREA IN TAI HOM VILLAGE AT 10.30 AM ON SUNDAY.

OFFICIATING WILL BE THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD, DR MICHAEL LEE; CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S SQUATTER AREAS COMMITTEE, MRS LEE LO YUK-SIM; WONG TAI SIN ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS SANDY CHAN; WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT HYGIENE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR kONG WAN-FEE; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE CLEANLINESS CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP, MR LEE YUK-WAH.

AFTER THE CEREMONY, MEMBERS OF THE CLEANLINESS CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP, STAFF OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND VOLUNTARY WORKERS WILL GIVE A DEMONSTRATION ON CLEAN-UP WORK.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP SAID A SERIES OF RELATED ACTIVITIES WOULD BE HELD AT THE DISTRICT’S SQUATTER AREAS DURING THI CAMPAIGN PERIOD.

"THESE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE CROSSWORD PUZZLE AND COLOUR-SHADING COMPETITIONS AND A COMPETITION TO SELECT THE CLEANEST HOUSEHOLD AND THE CLEANEST VILLAGE.

"MEMBERS OF THE CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP WILL VISIT HOUSEHOLDS AND VILLAGES AT SQUATTER AREAS TO DISTRIBUTE PUBLICITY LEAFLETS AND GARBAGE BAGS TO RESIDENTS, ENCOURAGING THEM TO KEEP THEIR PLACES CLEAN," HE SAID.

AS REGARDS ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT WORK, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THAT DUMPING SITES WOULD BE CLEARED AND DRAINAGE IMPROVED.

"PEST CONTROL EXERCISES WILL ALSO BE CARRIED OUT IN THE AREAS BY URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT STAFF,” HE ADDED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO THE WONG TAI SIN SQUATTER AREAS CLEANLINESS AT 10.30 AM ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 24) AT THE HING ROAD IN TAI HOM VILLAGE, DIAMOND HILL.

COVER THE LAUNCHING OF CAMPAIGN WHICH WILL BEGIN SITTING-OUT AREA OF SUN

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FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 22, 1989

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YAU TSIM SWIMMING GALA ON SUNDAY * » * ♦ t

OVER 300 YAU TSIM RESIDENTS WILL COMPETE IN A SWIMMING GALA TO BE HELD IN THE NEWLY OPENED KOWLOON PARK SWIMMING POOL ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 24>.

THE EVENT HAS BEEN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE YAU MA TEI AND TSIM SHA TSUI RECREATION AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND THE URBAN COUNCIL WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD.

OFFICIATING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE GALA AT I.30 PM WILL BE YAU TSIM DISTRICT OFFICER. MR WONG HON-HO; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR YIP WAH: URBAN COUNCILLOR. MR WONG KWOK-TUNG; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE ASSOCIATION, MR CHIU YU-HEI.

THE GALA WILL START WITH AN INVITATION CONTEST BETWEEN THE DISTRICT'S FIVE AREA COMMITTEES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE YAU TSIM DISTRICT SWIMMING GALA. WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 1.30 PM ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 24) IN THE KOWLOON PARK SWIMMING POOL.

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FIRING PRACTICE IN OCTOBER t t ♦ » t

FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE HA TSUEN-CASTLE PEAK RANGE ON 22 DAYS NEXT MONTH.

THE PUBLIC IS WARNED NOT TO ENTER THE AREA WHEN RED FLAGS ARE HOISTED.

FOLLOWING ARE THE DATES AND TIMES THAT FIRING PRACTICE WILL TAKE PLACE:

DATE TIME

OCTOBER 2 (MONDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 3 (TUESDAY) 8130 AM " 5 PM

OCTOBER 4 (WEDNESDAY) 8 130 AM " 5 PM

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OCTOBER 5 (THURSDAY) 8.30 AM - 1 1 .59 PM

OCTOBER 6 (FRIDAY) MIDNIGHT - 11.59 PM

OCTOBER 10 (TUESDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 1 1 (WEDNESDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 12 (THURSDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 13 (FRIDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 16 (MONDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 17 (TUESDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 18 (WEDNESDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 19 (THURSDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 20 (FRIDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 23 (MONDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 24 (TUESDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 25 (WEDNESDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 26 (THURSDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 27 (FRIDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 28 (SATURDAY) 8.30 AM - 5 PM

OCTOBER 30 (MONDAY) 8.30 AM - 11.59 PM

OCTOBER 31 (TUESDAY) MIDNIGHT - 11.59 PM

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NT TRAFFIC PLAN FOR CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAI SPECIAL TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE NEW FROM SWA?^SEPTEMBER 24) FOR THE CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL.

TRAFFIC AND

TERRITORIES

THE ARRANGEMENTS INCLUDE ROAD CLOSURES AND THE STRENGTHENING OF PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES FOR GRAVE-SWEEPERS.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 1989

UNDER THE ARRANGEMENTS. THE FOLLOWING ROAD SECTIONS WILL BI CLOSED TO TRAFFIC BETWEEN 4 AM AND 8 PM ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 24 I AND ON OCTOBER I. 7. 8, 9, 14, 15 AND 22:

* KIU TAU ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICLES (INCLUDING VEHICLES ACCOMPANYING HEARSES) EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, EMERGENCY VEHICLES AND HEARSES;

* THE SECTION OF ROAD L100 WEST OF ITS JUNCTION WITH ROAD D1’ LEADING TO FANLING SOUTH ROUNDABOUT WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICLES (INCLUDING VEHICLES ACCOMPANYING HEARSES) EXCEPT EMERGENCY VEHICLES, FRANCHISED BUSES. PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES AND TAXIS CARRYING PASSENGERS;

* THE SECTION OF ROAD LI00 WEST OF FANLING SOUTH ROUNDABOUT WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICLES (INCLUDING VEHICLES ACCOMPANYING HEARSES) EXCEPT EMERGENCY VEHICLES;

t ROAD A100 AND ROAD L110 WEST OF ROAD D6 WILL BE CLOSED TO VEHICLES (INCLUDING VEHICLES ACCOMPANYING HEARSES) EXCEPT EMERGENCY VEHICLES AND PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES CARRYING PASSENGERS:

t ROAD B200 BEYOND ITS JUNCTION WITH ROAD D6 (THAT IS THE ACCESS ROAD LEADING FROM WO HOP SHEK ROAD TO WO HOP SHEK VILLAGE) WILL ALSO BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICLES, EXCEPT EMERGENCY VEHICLES AND TAXIS CARRYING PASSENGERS;

t THE SECTION OF ROAD L100 EAST OF ITS JUNCTIONS WITH ROAD D6 WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICLES (INCLUDING VEHICLES ACCOMPANYING HEARSES) EXCEPT EMERGENCY VEHICLES. FRANCHISED BUSES AND COACHES CARRYING PASSENGERS BETWEEN 7 AM AND 8 PM ON SEPTEMBER 24 AND ON OCTOBER 1. 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 AND 22.

THE FANLING KCR STATION FORECOURT WILL ALSO BE CLOSED AT ITS ACCESS FROM ROAD D5 TO ALL VEHICLES, EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES, GREEN MINIBUSES, TAXIS AND EMERGENCY VEHICLES, BETWEEN 7 AM AND 8 PM ON THE SAME DAYS.

THE CARPARK ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF FANLING KCR STATION WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES AND EMERGENCY VEHICLES BETWEEN 4 AM AND 7 PM ON SEPTEMBER 24 AND ON OCTOBER 1, 8, 9, 15 AND 22. THE CAR PARKING SPACES THERE WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM SEPTEMBER 24 TO OCTOBER 22.

LO WAI ROAD, SECTION BETWEEN LO WAI BUS TERMINUS AND YUEN YUEN HOK YUEN, WILL BE CLOSED TO ALL VEHICLES, EXCEPT EMERGENCY VEHICLES, FROM 7 AM TO 4 PM ON OCTOBER 7. 8, 9 AND 15.

DURING THE CLOSURE, THE LO WAI END TERMINATING POINT FOR NEW TERRITORIES PUBLIC LIGHT BUS ROUTES NOS. 81 AND 81M WILL BE RELOCATED TO THE LO WAI BUS TERMINUS.

IN ADDITION, TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED BY POLICE OFFICERS IN THE VICINITY OF THE TSUEN WAN CEMETERY AND CREMATORIUM ON OCTOBER 1. 7. 8, 9, 14 AND 15.

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* WING SHUN STREET SECTION BETWEEN TSUEN WAN CEMETERY AND JUNCTION WITH KWAI HEI STREET WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC, EXCEPT HEARSES AND EMERGENCY VEHICLES FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM, AND ON ANY OTHER DAYS DURING THE PERIOD IF THE TRAFFIC SITUATION SO REQUIRES:

t ROAD CLOSURE MEASURES WILL BE IMPLEMENTED AT THE WING KIN ROAD JUNCTION WITH KWAI HEI STREET, A ONE-WAY SYSTEM WILL BE ADOPTED AND VEHICLES WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED TO ENTER WING KIN ROAD FROM WING KEI ROAD:

* A ONE-WAY SYSTEM WILL BE ADOPTED ON THE WING KEI ROAD SECTION BETWEEN ITS JUNCTION WITH KWAI HEI STREET AND WING KIN ROAD. VEHICLES WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED TO ENTER VIA KWAI HEI STREET;

* WING LAP AND WING CHONG STREETS WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC:

» NO PARKING WILL BE PERMITTED ON ALL APPROACH ROADS IN THE VICINITY OF THE CEMETERY AND CREMATORIUM;

* TEMPORARY TAXI STANDS WILL BE ERECTED ON KWAI HET STREET NEAR ITS JUNCTION WITH WING SHUN STREET, AND WING KEI ROAD.

DURING THE FESTIVAL PERIODS. GRAVE-SWEEPERS ARE ADVISED TO USE THE MASS TRANSIT RAILWAY AND GET OFF AT KWAI FONG STATION. DIRECTIONAL SIGNS WILL BE SET AT THE STATION TO GUIDE GRAVE-SWEEPERS TO THE PEDESTRIAN ROUTE LEADING TO TSUEN WAN CEMETERY.

ALL VEHICLES EXCEPT FRANCHISED BUSES AND EMERGENCY VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO SET DOWN OR PICK UP PASSENGERS BETWEEN 6 AM AND 7 PM ON THE FOLLOWING ROADS ON SEPTEMBER 21 AND ON OCTOBER 1, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 AND 22:

t SECTION OF ROAD D6 BETWEEN ROAD D3 AND WO HOP SHEK ROAD;

WO HOP SHEK ROAD BETWEEN WO HOP SHEK MINI-ROUNDABOUT AND THE JUNCTION OF ROAD D6, AND

* SECTION OF TAI WO SERVICE ROAD WEST BETWEEN WO HOP SHEK MINI-ROUNDABOUT AND A POINT OF 300 METRES SOUTH OF KIU TAU ROAD.

LIGHT

THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED NOT TO USE THEIR PRIVATE CARS, PRIVATE BUSES OR PRIVATE COACHES BUT TO USE PUBLIC TRANSPORT TO GO -------------------------------------------------- AVAILABLE IN

THE CEMETERIES AS THERE WILL BE NO

THE VICINITY OF WO HOP SHEK, FANLING (IN ON LOK TSUENI

AND

AND

PARKING PARKING AROUND

FACILITIES

SPACES IN

TSUEN WAN

SHEUNG SHU1, CEMETERY ARE

EXTREMELY LIMITED. VEHICLES PARKED WILL BE TOWED AWAY.

ILLEGALLY ON THE ROAD OR PAVEMENT

KCRC ELECTRIC TRAIN SERVICES WILL BE STRENGTHENED AND OPERATED AT FANLING AT A FIVE-MINUTE FREQUENCY DURING PEAK PERIODS FROM 7 AM TO 9.30 AM AND FROM 5 PM TO 7.30 PM: AND AT A EIGHT-MINUTE OR NINE-MINUTE FREQUENCY DURING OFF PEAK PERIODS FROM 9.30 AM TO 5 PM ON OCTOBER 8, 9 AND 15.

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A SPECIAL SHUTTLE BL'S SERVICE, ROUTE "OR, WILL BE OPERATED BETWEEN FANLING KCR STATION AND WO HOP SHEK TO CARRY GRAVE-SWEEPERS TO AND FROM THE CEMETERY AT ABOUT A THREE-MINUTE FREQUENCY, AND AT A $1.50 SINGLE FARE, ON SEPTEMBER 24. OCTOBER 1. 8. 9. 15 AND 22.

ROUTE 70R WILL PICK UP AND SET DOWN PASSENGERS AT THE TWO BUS BAYS ON ROAD D6 ADJACENT TO FANLING KCR STATION AND WILL OPERATE VIA ROAD D6 AND ROAD L100. TERMINATING AT ROAD W100 NEAR FANLING SOUTH ROUNDABOUT.

ANOTHER SPECIAL BUS SERVICE, ROUTE 70S, WILL BE OPERATED BETWEEN JORDAN ROAD FERRY BUS TERMINUS AND WO HOP SHEK, VIA TOLO HIGHWAY. ON OCTOBER 1, 8 AND 15. THIS EXPRESS BUS SERVICE WILL BE OPERATED AT ABOUT A SIX-MINUTE FREQUENCY AND AT A $5 SINGLE FARE.

DURING THE FESTIVAL PERIODS, KMB ROUTES 70 AND 70K WILL ALSO BE STRENGTHENED. THE FREQUENCY OF THE TWO SPECIAL BUS SERVICES, ROUTES 70R AND 70S, MAY BE ADJUSTED SUBJECT TO THE TRAFFIC SITUATION.

GRAVE-SWEEPERS WISHING TO GO TO SANDY RIDGE DURING FESTIVAL DAYS (THAT IS, FROM OCTOBER 4 TO 15) CAN TAKE EITHER THE REGULAR BUS SERVICE. KMB ROUTE 73K PLYING BETWEEN SHEUNG SHUI AND SAN UK LING OR THE KCR TRAIN SERVICE TO LO WU.

DURING THE FESTIVAL PERIOD. PLB1S, TAXIS AND COACHES CARRYING PASSENGERS WILL ONLY BE ALLOWED TO SET DOWN PASSENGERS AT DESIGNATED LOCATIONS AND WAITING WILL NOT BE PERMITTED.

MOTORISTS TRAVELLING FROM THE SOUTH AND WISHING TO VISIT WO HOP SHEK ARE REMINDED TO USE TAI. WO SERVICE ROAD WEST AT HONG LOK YUEN.

A DIRECT AND CONVENIENT PEDESTRIAN ROUTE IS AVAILABLE BETWEEN FANLING KCR STATION AND WO HOP SHEK. GRAVE-SWEEPERS CAN USE THE FOOTPATH AND SUBWAY SYSTEM ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF FANLING KCR STATION AND ALONG ROAD D6. PEDESTRIANS SHOULD ALSO USE THE NEW PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE ACROSS ROAD L100. ROAD B200 AND ROAD W100 FOR GOING TO THE CEMETERY.

THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED THAT SEVERE TRAFFIC CONGESTION WILL OCCUR AT TAI PO ROAD, FANLING (FANLING BY-PASS) NEAR WO HOP SHEK DURING THE FESTIVAL PERIODS. VISITORS TO GRAVES ARE ADVISED TO EXERCISE UTMOST CARE AND PATIENCE AND TO VISIT THE CEMETERIES EARLY OR ON OTHER NON-FESTIVAL DAYS.

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PARKING METER OPERATION IN PEAK ROAD EXTENDED * t t * t

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT THE 29 PARKING METERS IN PEAK ROAD ON HONG KONG ISLAND WILL ALSO OPERATE ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, FROM 10 AM ON SUNDAY (SEPTEMBER 24), TO REGULATE THE USE OF THE PARKING SPACES THERE,

THE PARKING METERS FOR PRIVATE CARS AND LIGHT GOODS VEHICLES WILL OPERATE FROM 10 AM TO 10 PM ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS, AND FROM 8 AM TO 12 MIDNIGHT ON WEEKDAYS.

THE PARKING CHARGE WILL REMAIN UNCHANGED AT SI PER 30 MINUTES.

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LANE CLOSURE ON TUEN MUN ROAD t * * t *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT TO FACILITATE ROAD MAINTENANCE WORKS, TWO LANES OF THE NEW TERRITORIES BOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TUEN MUN ROAD BETWEEN TING KAU BRIDGE AND SHAM TSENG INTERCHANGE WILL BE CLOSED ON SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, AND SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, FROM 10 AM TO 4 PM.

DURING THE CLOSURE, ONE LANE WILL BE MAINTAINED FOR TRAFFIC.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2J, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

MORE SOCIAL CENTRES PLANNED FOR THE ELDERLY.................. 1

GOVT MONITORS DEVELOPMENTS CONCERNING ANTI-DUMPING PETITION . 2

STANDING COMMITTEE VISITS DISCIPLINED SERVICES AT AIRPORT ... 5

ANTI-VICE WORK BY MONG KOK SPECIAL SQUADS ................... **

FUN-FILLED CARNIVAL CLOSES SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME ........... 6

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGN IN YAU TSIM............... 7

FARMERS INVITED TO SEE DEMONSTRATION OF HYBRID SYSTEM........ 7

DB TO DISCUSS FUTURE POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT .................. 8

READING AWARD SCHEME FOR PRIMARY 5, 6 STUDENTS .............. 8

RENOWNED AUSTRALIAN CHORUS VISITS HK ........................ 9

SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD BY AUCTION ......................... 9

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN SHA TIN .............................. 10

TEMPORARY URBAN CLEARWAY IN WAN CHAI ........................ 10

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1989

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MORE SOCIAL CENTRES PLANNED FOR THE ELDERLY *****

THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO BUILD 55 MORE SOCIAL CENTRES FOR THE ELDERLY IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS TO BRING THE TOTAL NUMBER OF SUCH CENTRES TO 160 TO SATISFY THE DEMAND. THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE. MR T. II. CHAU, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY).

HE WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TSUI LAM HOSTEL AND SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY RUN BY THE HONG KONG SOCIETY FOR THE AGED AT TSEUNG KWAN 0.

MR CHAU SAID THE GOVERNMENT HAD PROVIDED FINANCIAL SUPPORT AND EXTENSIVE COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY OVER THE PASI DECADE.

"THE TSUI LAM SOCIAL CENTRE FOR THE ELDERLY OPENED TODAY IS PART OF THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT SERVICES OFFERED.

"NOT ONLY DOES IT PROVIDE THE ELDERLY WITH A PLACE FOR RECREATIONAL AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES, BUT IT ALSO HELPS THEM MAKE THE BEST USE OF THEIR LEISURE, WIDEN THEIR HORIZONS, GET ACQUAINTED KITH THEIR COMMUNITY, AND ADAPT BETTER TO SOCIAL CHANGES SO THAT THEY CAN SPEND THEIR LATER YEARS IN FULLNESS AND HAPPINESS."

MR CHAU POINTED OUT THAT TO CATER FOR THE NEEDS OF THE ELDERLY, THE GOVERNMENT HAD ESTABLISHED DIFFERENT KINDS OF RESIDENTIAL ACCOMMODATION, SUCH AS HOSTELS, SHELTERED HOUSING, HOMES FOR THE AGED AS WELL AS CARE AND ATTENTION HOME, TO ACCOMMODATE OLD PEOPLE ACCORDING TO THEIR PHYSICAL CONDITION.

"THE TSUI LAM HOSTEL FOR THE ELDERLY OPENED TODAY IS DESIGNED FOR THOSE WHO ENJOY BETTER HEALTH," HE SAID.

MR CHAU SAID THE NUMBER OF PLACES IN HOSTELS AND HOMES FOR THE AGED WOULD SUBSTANTIALLY INCREASE FROM THE PRESENT 8,107 TO 13,166 IN THE COMING FIVE YEARS.

"PLACES IN CARE AND ATTENTION HOMES WILL ALSO INCREASE FROM THE PRESENT 1,860 TO 6,893," HE SAID.

MR CHAU ALSO PRAISED THE HONG KONG SOCIETY FOR THE AGED FOR ITS TREMENDOUS CONTRIBUTIONS IN PROVIDING WELFARE SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT IN 1977.

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GOVT MONITORS DEVELOPMENTS CONCERNING ANTI-DUMPING PETITION t * » * t

A PETITION WAS FILED YESTERDAY WITH THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE, ALLEGING THAT THE U.S. KNITWEAR INDUSTRY HAS BEEN INJURED BY IMPORTS OF MAN-MADE FIBRE SWEATERS FROM HONG KONG, KOREA AND TAIWAN.

THE PETITION BY THE U.S. KNITWEAR AND SPORTSWEAR MANUFACTURERS' ASSOCIATION ALLEGES THE IMPORTS ARE BEING SOLD AT LESS THAN FAIR VALUE.

COMMENTING ON THIS, THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF TRADE (NORTH AMERICA), MR CHRIS JACKSON, SAID TODAY (SATURDAY) THAT THE GOVERNMENT HAD BEEN MONITORING DEVELOPMENTS FOR SOME TIME.

"WE HAVE BEEN IN CLOSE TOUCH WITH THE KNITWEAR INDUSTRY IN HONG KONG AND WITH OUR LEGAL ADVISERS IN WASHINGTON, AND WILL FOLLOW THIS CASE CLOSELY TO ENSURE THAT OUR INDUSTRY GETS A FAIR HEARING," HE SAID.

MR JACKSON ADDED THAT THE RELEVANT U.S. INDUSTRY HAD ALREADY ENJOYED MANY YEARS OF PROTECTION UNDER THE MULTI FIBRE ARRANGEMENT.

"HONG KONG EXPORTS OF MAN-MADE FIBRE SWEATERS TO THE UNITED STATES HAVE BEEN UNDER QUOTA SINCE 1971. IT IS DIFFICULT TO SEE HOW IMPORTS FROM HONG KONG OF A PRODUCT WHICH HAS BEEN UNDER QUOTA FOR SO LONG COULD NOW DAMAGE THE U.S. INDUSTRY," HE SAID.

MR JACKSON SAID DETAILS OF THE PETITION WERE NOT YET AVAILABLE.

"QUITE HOW THE U.S. KNITWEAR INDUSTRY IMAGINES THAT MANUFACTURERS IN OUR HIGHLY COMPETITIVE TRADING ENVIRONMENT COULD AFFORD TO OPERATE AT A LOSS OR SELL AT LESS THAN FAIR VALUE REMAINS UNCLEAR.

"BUT THE U.S. INDUSTRY HAS RIGHTS UNDER U.S. LAW TO LODGE A PETITION. ANY PETITION MUST TAKE ITS COURSE AS LEGALLY PROVIDED FOR," HE SAID.

MR JACKSON SAID A WORRYING FEATURE OF THE CASE WAS THAT IT COULD REPRESENT A NEW FORM OF PROTECTION FOR THE U.S. TEXTILES INDUSTRY.

"IF IT SUCCEEDS IN ITS AIM OF IMPOSING AN EXTRA DUTY ON HONG KONG MAN-MADE FIBRE SWEATERS. PETITIONS AGAINST OTHER CATEGORIES OF HONG KONG GARMENTS COULD FOLLOW."

HE ADDED THAT THE ALLEGATION WAS DIRECTED AT THE HONG KONG KNITWEAR INDUSTRY.

"THE INDUSTRY HAS FORMED AN ACTION COMMITTEE WHICH IS HIRING EXPERT U.S. LEGAL ADVICE.

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"THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WILL REMAIN IN CLOSE TOUCH WITH TH INDUSTRY TO ENSURE THAT 1T IS GIVEN EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO PRESENT 1 CS CASE TO THE U.S. AUTHORITIES."

TWO U.S. AGENCIES. THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION, WILL BE INVOLVED IN REVIEWING THE PETITION.

"THE PROCEDURES ARE COMPLICATED, BUT IN ESSENCE THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE AND THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE COMMISSION MUST DECIDE WITHIN 45 DAYS OF THE PETITION BEING FILED WHETHER THERE ARE SUFFICIENT GROUNDS TO JUSTIFY AN INVESTIGATION," MR JACKSON EXPLAINED.

IN THE EVENT OF AN INVESTIGATION, SELECTED MANUFACTURERS AND EXPORTERS OF MAN-MADE FIBRE KNITWEAR IN HONG KONG WILL BE ASKED BY THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE TO COMPLETE DETAILED QUESTIONNAIRES ON THEIR PRODUCTION COSTS AND SALES PRICES.

A FINDING THAT SWEATERS ARE SOLD AT LESS THAN FAIR VALUE WOULD MEAN AN ADDITIONAL DUTY PAYABLE ON ALL IMPORTS OF HONG KONG MAN-MADE FIBRE SWEATERS INTO THE UNITED STATES.

IN 1988, HONG KONG EXPORTED ABOUT 1.25 MILLION DOZEN FIBRE SWEATERS TO THE UNITED STATES.

MAN-MADE

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TANDING COMMITTEE VISITS DISCIPLINED SERVICES AT AIRPORT t ♦ * » t

MEMBERS OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON DISCIPLINED SERVICES SALARIES AND CONDITIONS OF SERVICE TODAY (SATURDAY) SAW FIRST-HAND THE WORK OF "HE DISCIPLINED SERVICES AT THE AIRPORI DURING A VISIT TO KAI TAK.

LED BY THE CHAIRMAN OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE'S POLICE SUBCOMMITTEE, MR MARTIN BARROW, THE OTHER MEMBERS INCLUDED MR WILFRED CHAN; MR ANTHONY CHEUNG; MR CHOW CHUN-FAI; MRS MIRIAM LAY; MR ANTHONY NEOH AND MR BRIAN RENWICK.

THEY FIRST VISITED THE ROYAL HONG KONG AUXILIARY AIR FORCE AND WERE BRIEFED ON THE VARIOUS OPERATIONS OF THE RHKAAF BY THE CHIEF STAFF OFFICER, MR JOHN SHAWCROSS.

THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS WERE ALSO BRIEFED ON THE ROLE AND EXPANSION PROGRAMME OF THE RHKAAF.

AT THE AIRPORT FIRE CONTINGENT, COMMITTEE MEMBERS SAW A DISPLAY AND DEMONSTRATION OF THE FIRE-FIGHTING APPLIANCES AND EQUIPMENT. THEY WERE BRIEFED ON THE WORK OF THE TWO FIRE STATIONS IN THE AIRPORT BY THE CHIEF FIRE OFFICER (HEADQUARTERS COMMAND), MR RAY JOHNSTON.

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AT THE AIRPORT POLICE STATION, THE VISITORS WERE RECEIVED b'f THE DISTRICT COMMANDER, MR GUS CUNNINGHAM, WHO BRIEFED THEM ON THE VARIOUS OPERATIONS ALT WORK OF THE POLICE OFFICERS AT THE AIRPORT.

THEY ALSO VISITED THE NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICE OFFICE AND SEVERAL POLICE POSTS DURING A TOUR OF THE AIRPORT.

LATER COMMITTEE MEMBERS VISITED THE AIRPORT DIVISION OF THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT WHERE THEY WERE BRIEFED BY THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF IMMIGRATION, MR H.C. YEUNG, ON PROCEDURES IN HANDLING THOUSANDS OF PASSENGERS.

THEY ALSO SAW IMMIGRATION OFFICERS AT WORK IN CLEARING ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE PASSENGERS, AND WERE BRIEFED ON PREVENTION ACTION AGAINST DOUBTFUL VISITORS AND FORGERY.

AT THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT, COMMITTEE MEMBERS WERE BRIEFED ON THE VARIOUS OPERATIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT BY THE ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER (OPERATIONS), MR S.H. MAN.

THEY SAW CUSTOMS AND EXCISE OFFICERS ON PATROL AT THE APRON, CARRYING OUT AIR CARGO INSPECTION AND DEPLOYING SNIFFER DOGS TO DETECT NARCOTICS.

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ANTI-VICE WORK BY MONG KOK SPECIAL SQUADS ♦ ♦ ♦ * *

LIKE A PORNOGRAPHER’S MUSEUM, MONG KOK DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS IS CRAMMED WITH MORE OBJECTS SEIZED FROM VICE ESTABLISHMENTS THAN ANY OTHER DISTRICT IN THE POLICE FORCE.

THE BACK YARD OF THE CARPARK IS PILED HIGH WITH PORNOGRAPHIC Sl( 4BOARDS. INSIDE A PROPERTY ROOM HUNDREDS OF MATTRESSES ARE PILED TO THE CEILING. SNACKS OF TELEVISIONS, VIDEOS AND CLOSED CIRCUIT SETS ARE KEPT IN ANOTHER ROOM.

THE EXHIBITS OCCUPPY SOME 1,000 SQUARE METRES OF SPACE.

MONG KOK DISTRICT OPERATIONS OFFICER CHIEF INSPECTOR BUTE WING-KIM, SAID: ’’THE STORING OF THESE EXHIBITS IS A PROBLEM TO US AND WHEN NEW LEGISLATION AIMED AT CRACKING DOWN ON VICE SIGNBOARDS COME INTO FORCE HOPEFULLY AT THE END OF THE YEAR THE STORAGE PROBLEM WILL BE EVEN GREATER.

“FOR UNDER THE NEW LEGISLATION IT WILL BE AN OFFENCE TO DISPLAY OR PERMIT THE DISPLAY OF A SIGN WHICH MAY BE UNDERSTOOD TO ADVERTISE THE SERVICES OF A PROSTITUTE.

"IT WILL EMPOWER THE POLICE TO TAKE DOWN OFFENDING SIGNS WHETHER OR NOT THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SIGNS ARE IDENTIFIED.

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“WE WILL HAVE MOR- WORK TO DO INITIALLY TAKINO DOWN MORE VICE SIGNS BUT WE WILL ONLY HAVE TO KEEP THEM FOR A MONTH BEFORE DISPOSING OF THEM.

“THE MEASURES ENVIRONMENT.“

WILL HIT VICE OPERATORS AND CLEAN UP

THE CITY

THAT PROPOSED LEGISLATION WOULD ALSO INTRODUCE A ^2- U.A---------------------------------------f gp

MR BUTE SAID --------------- ----------

CLOSURE ORDER SCHEME WHICH WOULD ALLOW COURTS TO ORDER THE CLOSURE PREMISES WHERE OFFENCES RELATED TO VICE HAD OCCURRED TWICE WITHIN

ONE

YEAR.

“THERE ARE SOME 460 VICE ESTABLISHMENTS IN THE CLASSIFIED INTO FISH BALL STALLS, NIGHT CLUBS/DANCE HALLS, ONE BROTHELS, V ILLAS/APARTMENTS, UNLICENSED MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS, BARBER SHOPS, ESCORT COMPANIES AND PORNOGRAPHIC VIDEO CENTRES.

AREA, WOMAN

LADY

“EVERY MONTH WE MAKE A FRESH ACCOUNT OF THESE ESTABLISHMENTS, SHOWING INFORMATION ON NUMBERS, ADDRESSES AND SITUATIONS OF RAIDS. FROM STATISTICS GATHERED WE WORK OUT OUR PRIORITY OF ACTION.

“PRIORITY IS BASED ON WHETHER GIRLS, TRIAD CONTROL AND WALK-IN CONSIDERATION WHETHER ESTABLISHMENTS LIKE LOAN SHARKING, AND WHETHER IT IS

ESTABLISHMENTS HAVE UNDER-AGED

SEX. WE ALSO TAKE INTO

INVOLVE OTHER RELATED CRIMES, A NEW ESTABLISHMENT ON THE

SCENE.

MR BUTE SAID SOME ESTABLISHMENTS WERE BEING HARD PRESSED BY FREQUENT RAIDS, WHICH ALSO SERVED AS A WARNING TO CUSTOMERS.

NEARLY 90 PER CENT OF PROSTITUTES OPERATING IN MONG KOK AREA, MR BUTE SAID, WERE FROM OTHER AREAS OF SOUTHEAST ASIA, MOSTLY FROM THE PHILI PINES, THAILAND AND MALAYSIA.

OVER HALF OF THE ARRESTED PROSTITUTES HOLD HONG KONG ^ENTITY CARDS, V.: I CH THEY GET FROM FALSE MARRIAGES. WHEN WE COME ACROSS THESE WC 1EN HOLDING HONG KONG IDENTITY CARDS IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO REPATRIATE THEM BACK TO THEIR COUNTRIES.

“ONLY IF THEY DO NOT HAVE LOCAL IDENTITIES, ARE IN HONG KONG OR BREACHING THEIR WORKING CONDITIONS CHARGES ON THEM.”

OVER-STAYING

CAN WE LAY

MR BUTE SAID THAT UNDER-AGED GIRLS WERE A LESSER PROBLEM.

THE STRIVING VICE BUSINESS IN MONG KOK IS PLACING A HEAVY WORK LOAD ON SPECIAL DUTY SQUADS UNDER MR BUTE'S COMMAND.

IT IS QUITE OFTEN THAT STAFF WORK CONTINUOUSLY FOR 30 HOURS AT A TIME AND SOMETIMES THEY HAVE REACHED 40 HOURS WITHOUT A BREAK.

/’’BECAUSE SEIZURES

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1?8°

"BECAUSE SEIZURES USUALLY TAKE PLACE AT NIGHT, THEY THEN TAKE 1 [ E OR SIX HOURS TO PROCESS SUSPECTS AND CUSTOMERS IN ONE CASE, WHICH KEEPS Tin:; TO DAWN. THEN THEY GO TO COURTS IN THE MORNINGS AND START THEIR SHIFTS AGAIN IN THE AFTERNOON.

"THAT IS WHY OFFICERS IN THE SPECIAL DUTY SQUADS HAVE TO BE TRANSFERI ?D OUT AFTER SIX MONTHS TO RELIEVE THEIR BURDEN. IT’S A GOOD THING TO HAVE NEW FACES TO DO SOME UNDERCOVER WORK BUT OF COURSE WE HAVE TO SPEND TIME IN TRAINING NEWCOMERS."

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FUN-FILLED CARNIVAL CLOSES SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME

*****

A FUN-FILLED CARNIVAL, ATTENDED CHILDREN AND YOUNGSTERS, MARKED THE DISTRICT SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMME (SYP)

BY MORE THAN A CLOSING OF THE TODAY (SATURDAY)

THOUSAND LOCAL

SHAM SHUI PO

THE PROGRAMME OF THE DISTRICT BOARD SPONSORED CARNIVAL INCLUDED PERFORMANCES BY POP SINGERS, GAME STALLS AND AN EXHIBITION REPORTING ON THE VARIOUS ACTIVITIES HELD DURING THE SUMMER.

AND

ABOUT 400 CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL ______ ____

WERE HELD IN THE DISTRICT THIS YEAR UNDER THE SYP.

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

TUI ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB HAD DONATED MORE THAN $370,000 IN SUBSIDISING THESE ACTIVITIES WHICH WERE ORGANISED BY A NUMBER OF LOCAL BODIES INCLUDING VOLUNTARY AGENCIES. MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND

RESIDENT’ ASSOCIATIONS.

OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S CLOSING CEREMONY WERE URBAN 1R CHEUNG WING-SUM, AND ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER (SHAM

COUNCILLOR

SHUI PO

WEST), MISS LEONIA TAI.

SPEAKING AT THE CEREMONY, CO-ORDINATING COMMITTEE, MR THE PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS YEAR’S SYP A SUCCESS.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT’S SYP RAYMOND CHOY, PAID TRIBUTE TO FOR THEIR EFFORTS IN MAKING THIS

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SATURDAY. SEPTEMBER 23, 1989

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ENVIRONMENTAL J MPROVEMENT

CAMPAIGN IN YAU TSIM

* t * t t t

A CAMPAIGN TO CALL ON YAU TSIM DISTRICT RESIDENTS TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENT STARTED THIS (SATURDAY) AFTERNOON WITH A VARIETY SHOW AT THE URBAN COUNCIL CENTENARY GARDEN IN TSIM SHA TSUI EAST.

THE CAMPAIGN'S ACTIVITIES WILL BE HELD UNTIL JANUARY. THEY INCLUDE CLEANLINESS COMPETITIONS FOR BUILDINGS AND COOKED FOOD STALLS, A SEMINAR ON HOUSEHOLD CLEANLINESS. REMOVAL OF ABANDONED SIGNBOARDS AND DISTRICT PATROLS. TO IDENTIFY ENVIRONMENTAL BLACK SPOTS.

THE CAMPAIGN HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY A COMMITTEE COMPRISING DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS. COMMUNITY LEADERS AND REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT AND THE DISTRICT OFFICE, AND SPONSORED BY Till- DISTRICT BOARD AND URBAN COUNCIL.

AMONG THOSE OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY TODAY WERE DISTRICT OFFICER, MR WONG HON-IIO; DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN. MR YIP WAH; CHAIRMAN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENTAL COMMITTEE, MR LAI WING-TAK; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE CAMPAIGN ORGANISING COMMITTEE, MR Li KI NG-WAH.

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FARMERS INVITED TO SEE DEMONSTRATION OF HYBRID SYSTEM ♦ * » i t *

LIVESTOCK FARMERS WHO WISH TO CONTINUE BUSINESS IN THE CONTROL AREAS ARE INVITED TO REGISTER THEIR INTEREST IN SEEING DEMONSTRATION OF THE HYBRID WASTE TREATMENT METHOD WITH THE CITY AND NEW TERRITORIES ADMINISTRATION.

THEY CAN DO SO BY CALLING CNTA'S HOTLINES: 0-6754664 FOR FARMERS IN THE NORTH DISTRICT, 0-4792261 EXTENSION 216 FOR THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT AND 5-8351533 FOR OTHER DISTRICTS.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE STEERING GROUP ON DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS ON PRIVATE FARMS, MR LEO KWAN, SAID TODAY' (SATURDAY) THAT ONE OF THE PRIVATE FARMS PARTICIPATING IN THE DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS WHICH USES THE HYBRID SYSTEM FOR TREATING LIVESTOCK WASTE IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR VISITS .

HE SAID LIVESTOCK FARMERS, PARTICULARLY OPERATORS OF BIGGER FARMS. SHOULD NOT MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY TO OBSERVE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE HYBRID SYSTEM WHICH CAN ENABLE THEM TO COMPLY WITH THE ANTI-POLLUTION REGULATIONS.

THE HYBRID SYSTEM IS A COMBINATION OF THE DRY AND WET MUCK-OUT METHODS AND IS SUITABLE FOR FARMS REARING A LARGER NUMBER OF LIVESTOCK.

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SATURDAY. SEPTEMBER 23. 1989

DB TO DISCUSS FUTURE POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT t I t t t

THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS FUTURE POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT IN HONG KONG AT ITS MEETING ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 25).

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS Till VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE ISSUE AND. IN ANOTHER ITEM ON THE AGENDA. REVIEW THE BOUNDARIES OF THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE KWUN TONG DISTRICT BOARD MEETING ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 25) IN THE DISTRICT BOARD CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR. KWUN TONG DISTRICT BRANCH OFFICES BUILDING. 6 TUNG YAN STREET. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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READING AWARD SCHEME FOR PRIMARY 5, 6 STUDENTS * * t * * t

TO HELP STUDENTS TO DEVELOP GOOD READING HABITS, IMPROVE THEIR LANGUAGE SKILLS AND TO PROMOTE THE USE OF CLASS LIBRARY RESOURCES, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT’S LIBRARY SECTION WILL ORGANISE A READING AWARD SCHEME FOR PRIMARY 5 AND 6 STUDENTS TO BE HELD BETWEEN NEXT MONTH AND APRIL NEXT YEAR.

THE READING AWARD SCHEME IS SPONSORED BY THE LIONS CLUBS IN ZONE 1. LIONS INTERNATIONAL DISTRICT 303.

TROPHIES. CERTIFICATES OF MERIT AND BOOK COUPONS WORTH BETWEEN $600 AND $1,000 WILL BE AWARDED TO THE FIRST THREE WINNING SCHOOLS AND WINNERS RESPECTIVELY.

CERTIFICATES OF MERIT AND BOOK COUPONS WORTH $200 EACH WILL ALSO BE PRESENTED TO 20 ENTRIES THAT ARE HIGHLY COMMENDED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

A PRESS CONFERENCE TO ANNOUNCE THE DETAILS OF THE SCHEME WILL BE HELD AT THE OFFICE OF THE LIONS CLUB AT ROOM 803, DOMINION CENTRE, 4.3-59 QUEEN’S ROAD EAST, WAN CHAI, ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 27), BEGINNING AT 3.30 PM.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (CHIEF INSPECTOR OF SCHOOLS), MRS C.H. KONG, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF THE LIONS CLUB WILL JOINTLY CHAIR THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

YOU ARE INVITED TO ATTEND THE PRESS CONFERENCE.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1989

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RENOWNED AUSTRALIAN CHORUS VISITS HE * t t * ♦

A RENOWNED AUSTRALIAN CHORUS, THE SYDNEY CONSERVATORIUM CHORALE, ARRIVED IN HONG KONG YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) FOR A FOUR-DAY VISIT.

DURING THEIR STAY, THE 28-MEMBER CHORUS LED BY DR RONALD SMART WILL GIVE TWO SCHOOL PERFORMANCES AT THE METHODIST COLLEGE AND THE GOOD HOPE SCHOOL ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 25), BEGINNING AT 10.15 AM AND 2 PM RESPECTIVELY.

IT WILL ALSO GIVE AN EVENING CONCERT AT THE ACADEMY FOR PERFORMING ARTS ON THE SAME DAY AT 6 PM.

THE PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE AUSTRALIAN MUSIC AND OTHER FAMOUS MUSICAL PIECES.

THE CHORALE HAD WON FAVOURABLE RESPONSES FROM AUDIENCES, THE MEDIA AND ACADEMIC CIRCLES DURING ITS LAST VISIT TO HONG KONG IN 1986.

IT WILL LEAVE HONG KONG ON TUESDAY.

ADMISSION TO THE EVENING CONCERT IS FREE. ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 5-8235321.

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SPECIAL CAR NUMBERS SOLD BY AUCTION

tilt*

FORTY SPECIAL VEHICLE REGISTRATION NUMBERS WERE PUT UI AUCTION THIS (SATURDAY) MORNING FOR A TOTAL OF ’648,600 WHICH GO TO THE GOVERNMENT LOTTERIES FUND FOR CHARITY PURPOSES.

u.PTTnM HF1D AT THE CITY HALL RECITAL HALL, SAW REGISTRATION NUMBER EC3 FETCH THE HIGHEST PRICE OF $164,000.

FOR WILL

THE

ANOTHER NUMBER 2992 WAS SOLD AT THE $80,000 WHILE THE LOWEST PRICE WAS $1,000 AND EB7971 .

SECOND HIGHEST PRICE OF EACH FOR EC1516, EC1737

FOLLOWING ARE THE RESULTS OF TODAY'S AUCTION:

$

EB9888 8,000

EC350 3,000

EA787 6,000

EC1516 1,000

CN6688 60,000

BZ167 3,000

EB123 18,000

EC5251 WITHDRAWN

EC930 5,000

AH 1800 7,000

$ EC168 WITHDRAWN

EC8060 3,000

EA280 6,000

DT666 30,000

EC 190 11,000

EC3639 2,000

AC468 10,000

EC3778 4,000

HK61 40,000

EC1368 10,000

EC3 EC8882 164,000 16,000

EC603 8,500

EC1688 12,000

EC377 4,000

2992 80,000

EC817 6,000

EC1978 5,000

EC2326 5,000

EB181 9,000

$

AA172 15,000

EB8120 3,000

DD32 16,000

EC1012 2,000

EC1737 1,000

EB9285 WITHDRAWN 488 60,000

EB7971 1,000

EC1301 2,000

EC1128 10,000

$

/SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS .....

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 2J, 19&9

SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WERE REQUIRED TO PAY BY CHEQUE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE BIDDING.

THE NUMBERS AUCTIONED WILL BE ASSIGNED ONLY TO VEHICLES REGISTERED IN THE NAME OF THE SUCCESSFUL BIDDERS WITHIN 12 MONTHS OF THE DATE OF AUCTION.

TODAY’S SALE, THE 14 2ND ORGANISED BY THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SINCE MAY 1973, BROUGHT Till TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR CHARITY REALISED SO FAR TO $85,856,132.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN SHA TIN ♦ ♦ K ♦ ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT IN CONNECTION WITH THE CONSTRUCTION OF ROAD T7 IN SHA TIN, THE SECTION OF TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD BETWEEN ON SUM STREET AND MA ON SHAN ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM 2 PM ON MONDAY (SEPTEMBER 25) FOR ABOUT 12 MONTHS.

DURING THE CLOSURE. MOTORISTS ON THE EASTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD HEADING FOR MA ON SHAN WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED ROUNDABOUT AND THE UNNAMED ROAD EAST OF RAVANA GARDEN BEFORE REJOINING MA ON SHAN ROAD EASTBOUND.

AT THE SAME TIME, MOTORISTS ON THE WESTBOUND CARRIAGEWAY OF MA ON SHAN ROAD HEADING FOR SHA TIN CENTRAL WILL BE DIVERTED VIA THE ADJACENT UNNAMED ROAD AND THE NEWLY CONSTRUCTED ROUNDABOUT EAST OF RAVANA GARDEN BEFORE REJOINING TAI CHUNG KIU ROAD WESTBOUND.

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TEMPORARY URBAN CLEARWAY IN WAN CHAI t * ♦ ♦ * ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON MONDAY' (SEPTEMBER 25). THE WESTERN KERBSIDE LANE OF LUARD ROAD IN WAN CHAI BETWEEN JOHNSTON ROAD AND THOMSON ROAD WILL BE DESIGNATED A PEAK HOUR (7 AM - 10 AM AND 4 PM - 7 PM) DAILY URBAN CLEARWAY.

THIS MEASURE WILL LAST FOR ABOUT THREE WEEKS TO FACILITATE WATERMAIN LAYING 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, SEPTEMBER 24, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

MARINE POLICE WORK IN ANTI-SMUGGLING ACTIVITIES ............ 1

STATISTICS ON ANTI-VICE ARRESTS IN AUGUST................... 2

VOLUNTEERS PREPARE FOR WEEKEND BATTLE....................... J

SIMPLE SOLUTION TO LITTER PROBLEM IN THE MOUNTAINS ......... 4

SHA TIN DB TO DISCUSS OMELCO CONSENSUS ..................... 6

JOINT COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS IRT SERVICE DEVELOPMENT PLAN..... 6

SWIMMING GALA FOR CENTRAL AND WESTERN RESIDENTS ............ 7

WONG TAI SIN SQUATTER AREAS KEEP CLEAN CAMPAIGN STARTS...... 8

COMPETITION TO IMPROVE BUILDING CLEANLINESS ................ 9

SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD REPORT AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS....... 9

BOOK EARLY FOR YUEN LONG ARTS FESTIVAL...................... 10

TSUEN WAN ENQUIRY CENTRE ON MOVE............................ 11

THREE NEW GEOLOGICAL MAPS FOR THE NT PUBLISHED.............. 11

USE CORRECT TELEPHONE LINES FOR WATER ENQUIRIES............. 12

WATER CUTS IN FOUR DISTRICTS ............................... 1J

TENDERS INVITED FOR SLOPE STABILISATION WORKS .............. 1?

EXPANSION OF NGAU TAM MEI COMPOSTING PLANT.................. 14

PLB DRIVERS REMINDED ON DESTINATION INDICATOR REQUIREMENTS . 14

BOOKMARK DESIGN CONTEST FOR CAREERS '90 .................... 15

YOUTH CHINESE MUSIC FESTIVAL TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH.......... 16

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1989

1

MARINE POLICE WORK IN ANTI-SMUGGLING ACTIVITIES

*****

PROWLING FOR HIGH SPEED SMUGGLERS USING FAST BOATS IN HONG KONG'S EASTERN WATERS ARE A NIGHTLY EVENT IN MARINE POLICE OPERATIONS. ARRESTS ARE DIFFICULT AND CONDITIONS DANGEROUS AS POLICE LAUNCHES TRACK AND ATTEMPT TO IDENTIFY CRAFT SMUGGLING ILLICIT CARGOS TO CHINA.

THE WATERS OF MARINE EAST DIVISION HAVE BECOME A PRIME AREA FOR THE RUNNING OF COUNTRABAND TO CHINA AND THE SMUGGLING OF NARCOTICS AND ANTIQUES INTO HONG KONG.

THE RECENT MASSIVE SEIZURE BY NARCOTICS BUREAU OFFICERS OF 420 KILOGRAMS OF HEROIN IN SAI KUNG WAS A SPECTACULAR SUCCESS IN AN AREA IN WHICH POLICE PLAY A WAITING GAME EVERY NIGHT OF THE YEAR IN CONTINUING OFFSHORE OPERATIONS AGAINST SMUGGLERS.

THE MARINE EASTERN DIVISIONAL COMMANDER, MR ROD COLSON, SAID: "WE ALL KNOW THAT SMUGGLING IS NOTHING NEW IN HONG KONG. IT HAS A LONG HISTORY. BUT WHAT IS NEW IS THE GROWTH OF SMUGGLING ACTIVITIES IN HIGH POWERED SPEED BOATS USING MULTIPLE ENGINES WITH A TOTAL HORSE POWER OF OVER 700.

"SOME OF THE BOATS WE HAVE STOPPED RECENTLY WOULD NOT DISGRACE A POWERBOAT RACING EVENT."

BOATS MANUFACTURED IN HONG KONG WERE BEING MODIFIED WITH MULTIPLE ENGINES. LARGE CAPACITY FUEL TANKS AND STRIPPED TO ALLOW MAXIMUM CARGO SPACE FOR THE SMUGGLING OF TELEVISION, HI-FI EQUIPMENT AND CIGARETTES INTO CHINA, MR COLSON SAID.

ALTHOUGH POLICE LAUNCH CREWS WERE UNDER STRICT ORDERS ON THE CONDUCT OF THEIR OPERATIONS AT SEA, THE STOPPING AND ARREST OF SMUGGLERS AND THEIR (RAFT WAS SUCCESSFULLY BEING CONTINUED DUE TO MARINE POLICE EXPERT SEAMANSHIP AGAINST FREQUENTLY INCOMPETENT SMUGGLING CREWS.

"CREWS ARE BEING BROUGHT TN FROM CHINA TO CARRY THE GOODS BACK." MR COLSON SAID. "THEY ARE ONLY MULES WITH NO QUALIFICATIONS IN NAVIGATION OR ENGINEERING. THEIR SHODDY STANDARD OF SEAMANSHIP HAS HELPED US MAKE ARRESTS."

A SPEED BOAT WITH THREE ENGINES TOTALLING 750 HORSE POWER AND WAS LAST MONTH STOPPED BY PL 72 UNDER THE COMMAND OF SENIOR INSPECTOR DICKY CHUNG WHEN WASH FROM THE LAUNCH CAUSED TWO OF THE SPEED BOAT'S ENGINES TO CUT OUT. THE CREW SURRENDERED.

"THAT WAS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW WE CAN ACHIEVE A SUCCESS THROUGH THE PURE USE OF EXCELLENT SEAMANSHIP." MR COLSON SAID.

FACING FAST AND UNSCRUPULOUS ENEMIES USING CRAFT THAT ARE SOMETIMES DANGEROUSLY LOADED WITH LEAKING FUEL TANKS HAS IMPOSED STRICT CAUTIONARY ORDERS ON MARINE POLICE CREWS.

/INSTEAD OF .......

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1989

INSTEAD OF TAKING RISKS LAUNCH CREWS DEPEND ON THEIR SKILLS TO IDENTIFY SMUGGLING CRAFT. A NEW UNIT HAS BEEN SET UP AT MARINE HEADQUARTERS TO COLLATE AND CONSOLIDATE INTELLIGENCE ON SMUGGLING SYNDICATES.

"SMUGGLERS OPERATE IN GROUPS USING POSSIBLY TWO CRAFT AS DECOYS SHIELDING A BOAT LOADED WITH COUNTRABAND. THEY ARE ALL LINKED BY UNLICENSED CITIZEN BAND RADIOS AND THEY CAN MONITOR OUR COMMUNICATIONS," ME COLSON SAID.

"IT’S IMPORTANT NOT TO TAKE RISK AND TO BE CONSTANTLY AWARE OF SAFETY ASPECTS. THERE WAS A FIRE IN A SHIPYARD LAST WEEK WHERE BOATS WERE BEING PREPARED FOR SMUGGLING.

"THEY WERE EMPTYING A FUEL TANK WHILE AN OUTBOARD ENGINE WAS RUNNING AND A SPARK CAUSED A FIRE WHICH DESTROYED FIVE OF THEIR OWN BOATS. IT IS CLEARLY VERY DANGEROUS TO GET NEAR TO A SITUATION LIKE THAT. BURNING FUEL SPREAD ACROSS THE WATER TO WITHIN A SHORT DISTANCE OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG YACHT CLUB.

"SOME OF THE SPEED BOATS HAVE A FUEL CAPACITY OF UP TO 350 GALLONS IN IMPROVISED AND VERY DANGEROUS TANKS."

ANOTHER RECENT INCIDENT ATTENDED BY MARINE EAST LAUNCHES INVOLVED A BURNING SMUGGLERS’ CRAFT, WHICH EVENTUALLY WENT DOWN WITH ITS CARGO.

"FUEL WAS SLOPPING ABOUT IN THE BILGES AND ONE OF THE CREW CAUGHT FIRE AND HAD TO JUMP INTO THE SEA.

"THERE IS A LOT OF FRUSTRATION IN THIS JOB. WE ARE BOUND BY THE RULES OF SEAMANSHIP WHILE SMUGGLERS ARE RECKLESS, WITH EXPENDABLE CRAFT AND CREWS.

"BUT ARRESTS ARE BEING MADE AND THAT IS A TREMENDOUS BOOST TO MORALE WHEN LAUNCH CREWS ARE FRUSTRATED BY THE ARROGANCE OF SMUGGLERS WHO KNOW OUR LIMITATONS."

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STATISTICS ON ANTI-VICE ARRESTS IN AUGUST

*****

SUSTAINED POLICE ACTION AGAINST DRUGS, ILLEGAL GAMBLING AND VICE ESTABLISHMENTS LED TO THE ARREST OF 1,556 PEOPLE IN 4,170 RAIDS THROUGHOUT THE TERRITORY IN AUGUST.

A POLICE SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT DURING THE MONTH, 210 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED IN 406 RAIDS ON HONG KONG ISLAND, 978 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED IN 3,389 RAIDS IN KOWLOON, AND 368 PEOPLE WERE ARRESTED IN 375 RAIDS IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

/IN ADDITION ........

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1989

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IN ADDITION, NARCOTICS BUREAU OFFICERS ARRESTED FIVE PEOPLE IN 15 OPERATIONS.

IN THEIR SUSTAINED EFFORTS AGAINST VICE ACTIVITIES, POLICE ARLES' ED 136 PEOPLE IN 3,125 RAIDS AND SEIZED A TOTAL OF 225 PORNOGRAPHIC VIDEO TAPES.

ON THE ANTI-GAMBLING FRONT, POLICE CONDUCTED 94 RAIDS AND ARRESTED 698 PEOPLE, SEIZING 8335,000 IN TABLE MONEY AND BETTING SLIPS WORTH ABOUT $156,000.

POLICE ALSO CARRIED OUT 966 RAIDS AND ARRESTED 727

THEIR FIGHT AGAINST DRUG TRAFFICKING IN AUGUST. THE DRUGS SEIZED INCLUDED 22 KILOGRAMS OF NO. 3 HEROIN, 2.1 KILOGRAMS OF NO. 4 IIBROINi 760 GRAMS OF CANNABIS.

1.2 KILOGRAMS OF OPIUM AND

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VOLUNTEERS

PREPARE FOR WEEKEND BATTLE ********

SATURDAY NOON, AND

LEISURELY

AFTERNOON OR GO

WHILE MOS 1 PEOPLE ARE PREPARING TO SPEND MEN AND WOMEN

SHOPPING,

MAKING THEIR

WAY THROUGH THE BUSY

SOME 700 YOUNG STREETS OF THE

CITY

TO KEEP

A

ARE AN

APPOINTMENT TO DO BATTLE.

VOLUNTEERS)

PEOPLE TO

(THE

KONG REGIMENT

OF THE ROYAL HONG

WERE ABC UT TO BE TRANSFORMED FROM ORDINARY WORKING mttttapv TROOPS TO TAKE PART IN A LULL REGIMENTAL EXEKGiSls CODE-NAMED "DRY GUN ATTACK" AT HOI HA IN THE SAI KUNG COUNTRY PARK.

MEMBERS

FROM THE REGIMENT’S HEADQUARTERS \T HAPPY VALLEY, THE 700 MEN AND WOMEN MADE THEIR WAY TO VARIOUS POINT IN SAI KUNG WHERE THEY WERE TRANSPORTED TO HOI HA BY SEA AND AIR.

IN BY HELICOPTER. GROUPS OF SOLDIERS TOOK UP POSITIONS

- ..............    LANDING

TO SECUREYTWO HILLS’OVERLOOKING THE BEACH AT HOI HA WHERE THE BOAT WOULD BRING IN SEVERAL HUNDRED MORE TROOPS TO PUSH THE

BOAT

WOULD BRING

"ENEMY

INLAND.

"THE IDEA ATTACKS AGAINST SAID.

IS TO PRACTISE THE REGIMENT IN QUICK AND DELIBERATE LIGHTLY HELD ‘ENEMY’ FORCES," A REGIMENT SPOKESMAN

’’THE WHOLE EXERCISE IS MORE THAN JUST PLAYING AT

THE men aw Sen E be deployed to 'harass’ the enemy throughout

THE NIGHT, AND THAT MEANS NO SLEEP FOR ANYONE, HE ADDED.

"THERE ARE COVET OPERATIONS TO KEEP THE ENEMY AWAKE SO THAT

THEY WOULD NOT BE PREPARED TO DO BATTLE THE NEXT DAY, HE SAID.

/THE NEXT .......

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1939

4

THE NEXT MORNING A FULL-SCALE BATTLE WILL TAKE PLACE TO CULMINATE A 24-HOUR MILITARY EXERCISE WHICH WOULD KEEP THE YOUNG VOLUNTEERS EAGER FOR THE ENCOUNTER.

THE NEXT EXERCISE, WHICH WILL BE HELD NEXT MONTH, WILL CONCENTRATE IN DEFENCE, AND WITH THE EXPERIENCE GAINED IN THE TWO OPERATIONS, MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL HONG KONG REGIMENT WOULD BE WELL-PREPARED FOR A MAJOR MILITARY EXERCISE INVOLVING REGULAR TROOPS IN NOVEMBER.

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SIMPLE SOLUTION TO LITTER PROBLEM IN THE MOUNTAINS

*****

A LEADING FIGURE IN THE LOCAL MOUNTAINEERING CIRCLE TODAY (SUNDAY) APPEALED TO HIKERS, MOUNTAINEERS AND COUNTRYSIDE VISITORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT IN SOLVING THE LITTER PROBLEM IN HONG KONG’S MOUNTAINS.

"THERE IS ONLY ONE SOLUTION. IN FACT. A VERY SIMPLE ONE," THE HON PRESIDENT OF THE HONG KONG MOUNTAINEERING UNION, SIR DAVID AKERS-JONES SAID.

"TAKE YOUR LITTER AWAY, OR DEPOSIT THEM IN THE ROADSIDE LITTER BINS.

'WITH SO LITTLE EFFORT, YOUR CO-OPERATION CAN HELP TO KEEP OUR MOUNTAINS CLEAN."

SIR DAVID WAS SPEAKING AT A CEREMONY HELD AT THE LION ROCK COUNTRY PARK TO START OFF A SERIES OF CLEANING EXPEDITIONS ORGANISED IN SUPPORT OF THE WORLD DAY OF THE CLEAN MOUNTAINS.

DESIGNATED BY THE INTERNATIONAL UNION OF ALPINIST ASSOCIATIONS, THE WORLD DAY OF THE CLEAN MOUNTAINS WAS TODAY CELEBRATED CONCURRENTLY BY MANY COUNTRIES IN THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE.

THE DAY WOULD BE OBSERVED IN THE SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE ON THE WEEKEND OF MARCH 17 AND 18 NEXT YEAR.

THE UNDERLYING GOAL FOR THIS DAY IS TO REACH OUT AND ACTIVATE THE LARGEST POSSIBLE AUDIENCE TO THE NEED FOR A BETTER PROTECTION OF THE MOUNTAIN ENVIRONMENT.

SIR DAVID SAID DESPITE THE FACT THAT HONG KONG WAS A DENSELY POPULATED MODERN CITY, OVER HALF OF ITS LAND AREA WAS COVERED WITH HILLS AND HIGH MOUNTAINS.

"THIS HILLY AREA IS MAINLY USED AS OUR WATER GATHERING GROUNDS AND AS COUNTRY PARKS FOR US TO ENJOY OUTDOOR RECREATION.

/"MOST PEOPLE ....*.6

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1989

"MOST PEOPLE IN HONG KONG HAVE SPENT SOME OF THEIR WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS IN THESE SCENIC HILLS, WALKING, HIKING OR ROCK CLIMBING. BUT ALL TOO OFTEN THEIR ENJOYMENT IS SPOILED BY LITTER SCATTERED EVERYWHERE.

"THIS IS CARELESS: IT IS IRRESPONSIBLE; IT SHOWS FOR OTHERS.

NO CONCERN

"IT IS UNSIGHTLY, UNHYGIENIC AND HAZARDOUS TO COUNTRYSIDE VISITORS AND WILDLIFE.' SIR DAVID REMARKED.

HE NOTED THAT EVERY YEAR SOME 4,000 TONNES COLLECTED IN COUNTRY PARKS, MUCH OF WHICH WAS PICKED AREAS AND STEEP SLOPES.

OF LITTER WERE

UP FROM REMOTE

"RESOURCES WHICH COULD BE USED FOR. DEVELOPING MORE FACILITIES HAVE TO BE DEPLOYED IN THE COLLECTION AND DISPOSAL OF LITTER," SIR DAVID ADDED.

HE COMMENDED THE COUNTRY PARKS AUTHORITY OF THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT FOR SETTING UP THE "HIKING LITTER WARDEN SCHEME" LAST YEAR TO INVOLVE HIKING GROUPS IN KEEPING THE MOUNTAINS AND HIKING TRAILS CLEAN.

SIR DAVID HOPED SIMILAR ACTIVITIES COULD BE ORGANISED THIS YEAR AND THAT MORE HIKERS COULD BE ENROLLED AS HIKING LITTER WARDENS.

ALSO OFFICIATING AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WAS AFD’S ASSISTANT DIRECTOR (CONSERVATION AND COUNTRY PARKS), MR FRANK LAU.

AFTER THE CEREMONY, OVER 150 MEMBERS OF LOCAL HIKING AND MOUNTAINEERING GROUPS PROCEEDED TO CLEAN UP THE LION ROCK AND KAM SHAN COUNTRY PARKS.

SIR DAVID AND MR LAU LED A TEAM OF 10 EXPERT ROCK CLIMBERS TO UNDERTAKE THE CHALLENGING TASK OF CLEANING UP THE HILL TOP AND STEEP SLOPES OF AMAH ROCK.

THE CLEANING EXPEDITIONS WERE JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG MOUNTAINEERING UNION, THE HONG KONG FEDERATION OF HIKING GROUPS AND THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

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SHA TIN DB TO DISCUSS OMELCO CONSENSUS t t t t t

THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE OMELCO CONSENSUS ON THE FUTURE POLITICAL SYSTEM AT ITS MEETING ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 26 ) .

LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR AND SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER, MR ANDREW WONG. WILL BRIEF MEMBERS ON THE PROPOSED MODEL.

MEANWHILE, A DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER WILL ASK ABOUT THE SECURITY, HEALTH AND EDUCATIONAL CONDITIONS IN THE WHITEHEAD DETENTION CENTRE FOR VIETNAMESI BOAT PEOPLE IN MA ON SHAN.

THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE WATER POLLUTION CONTROL AND WASTE DISPOSAL ORDINANCES IN IMPROVING THE WATER QUALITY OF SHING MUN RIVER WILL Bl DISCUSSED.

ANOTHER DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER WILL ASK IF THE COMPLETION OF THE CLINIC IN MA ON SHAN CAN BE ADVANCED FROM 1993 TO 1991.

MEMBERS WILL ALSO DISCUSS THE AVAILABILITY OF SPEEDPOST SERVICE IN SHA TIN AND THE OPENING HOURS OF THE SHA TIN CENTRAL POST OFFICE ON SATURDAY.

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE PROGRESS REPORTS BY THE CHAIRMEN OF THE SIX DISTRICT BOARD COMMITTEES, THE CONCERN GROUP ON WHITEHEAD DETENTION CENTRE AND THE DISTRICT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SHA TIN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 26) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE SIXTH FLOOR, KCR HOUSE, SHA TIN STATION.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM.

JOINT COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS LRT SERVICE DEVELOPMENT PLAN

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THE TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD'S JOINT COMMITTEE ON MONITORING LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT (LRT) SERVICES WILL DISCUSS THE LRT SERVICE DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR 1990-91 AT ITS MEETING ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 26).

MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE LRT'S PHASE TWO EXTENSION PROGRAMME, WHICH CONSISTS OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF THREE LINES IN TUEN MUN. QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE TIN SHUI WAI EXTENSION PLAN WILL ALSO BE RAISED.

/THE MEETING

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER ?1|, 1980

THE MEETING WILL LOOK INTO REQUESTS FROM DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS FOR THE LRT TO PROVIDE AN EXCESS FARE SERVICE. TO INSTALL FLASHING LIGHTS AT PEDES RIAN CROSSINGS OVER ITS TRACKS, TO EXTEND THE PLATFORM SHELTERS, AND TO IMPROVE SERVICE FREQUENCY BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL HOURS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG DISTRICT BOARD'S JOINT COMMITTEE ON MONITORING LIGHT RAIL TRANSIT SERVICES TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 26) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM. 13TH FLOOR, YUEN LONG GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, 2 KIU LOK SQUARE, YUEN LONG.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 10 AM,

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SWIMMING GALA FOR CENTRAL AND WESTERN RESIDENTS

PEOPLE WHO LIVE, STUDY OR WORK IN CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT ARE BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE DISTRICT’S ANNUAL SWIMMING GALA TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH,

’I E GALA WILL BE HELD FROM 1 PM TO 6 PM ON SUNDAY (OCTOBER 15) AT THE KENNEDY TOWN SWIMMING POOL, PROVIDING 44 EVENTS FOR MEN, WOMEN. YOUTH AND CHILDREN IN SIX GROUPS.

TROPHIES WILL BE AWARDED TO THE CHAMPIONS, FIRST RUNNERS-UP AND SECONI RUNNERS-UP IN EACH EVENT.

THE GALA HAS BEEN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT OFFICE, THE URBAN COUNCIL AND THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT RECREATION AND SPORTS ASSOCIATION WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD AND SIX ARFA COMMITTEES.

A DISTRICT OFFICE SPOKESMAN SAID THE ANNUAL SWIMMING GALA, OPEN TO LOCAL RESIDENTS AGED BETWEEN EIGHT AND 59, HAS BECOME INCREASINGLY POPULAR.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE ON THE GROUND FLOOR OF HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, AND AT ITS SUB-OFFICE IN KENNEDY TOWN, OR AT THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT RECREATION, AMENITIES AND SPORTS OFFICE OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT IN ROOM 1001 OF THE URBAN COUNCIL'S SHEUNG WAN COMPLEX.

ENROLMENT WILL BE ACCEPTED ON A FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED BASIS.

TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE ON 5-8532566.

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KONG TAI SIN SQUATTER AREAS KEEP CLEAN CAMPAIGN STARTS t * * t *

A CAMPAIGN TO IMPROVE THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS AT SQUATTER AREAS IN WONG TAI SIN STARTED TODAY (SUNDAY).

THE FOUR-WEEK-LONG CAMPAIGN IS ORGANISED BY THE WONG TAI SIN SQUATTER AREAS CLEANLINESS CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP OF THE DISTRICT BOARD’S SQUATTER AREAS COMMITTEE.

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY' OF THE CAMPAIGN, THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP, NR LI YUK-WAH, SAID A SERIES OF ACTIVITIES WOULD BE HELD AT THE DISTRICT’S SQUATTER AREAS.

"THESE INCLUDE CROSSWORD PUZZLE AND COLOUR-SHADING COMPETITIONS, AND A COMPETITION TO SELECT THE CLEANEST HOUSEHOLD AND VILLAGE," MR LI SAID.

"MEMBERS OF THE CAMPAIGN WORKING GROUP WILL VISIT HOUSEHOLDS AND VILLAGES AT SQUATTER AREAS TO DISTRIBUTE PUBLICITY LEAFLETS AND GARBAGE BAGS TO RESIDENTS, ENCOURAGING THEM TO KEEP THEIR PLACES CLEAN. "

IN ADDITION TO THE EDUCATIONAL AND PROMOTIONAL EFFORTS, CLEAN-UP OPERATIONS WILL BE CARRIED OUT AT THE SQUATTER AREAS.

DURING THE OPERATIONS. DUMPING SITES WILL BE CLEARED WHILE CHOKED DRAINAGES WILL BE IMPROVED. PEST CONTROL OPERATIONS WILL BE CARRIED OUT BY URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT STAFF.

1 ALLOWING THE OPENING CEREMONY THIS MORNING, CLEAN-UP OPERATIONS AND PUBLICITY ACTIVITIES WERE CARRIED OUT AT TAI HOM VILLAGE, SP UNG YUEN LENG, DIAMOND NEW VILLAGE AND HEUNG YEUNG VILLAGE.

"SIMILAR OPERATIONS AND ACTIVITIES WILL BE CARRIED OUT ON THE NEXT TWO SUNDAYS AT UPPER NGAU CHI WAN EAST VILLAGE, AND THE UPPER AND LOWER LION ROCK VILLAGES," MR LI SAID.

OTHER OFFICIATING GUESTS AT TODAY’S CEREMONY WERE THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, DR MICHAEL LEE; ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MISS SANDY CHAN; AND THE DISTRICT’S HYGIENE SUPERINTENDENT OF THE URBAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT. MR KONG WAN-FEE.

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COMPETITION TO IMPROVE BUILDING CLEANLINESS ♦ ♦ t ♦ *

PRIVATE BUILDINGS IN FIVE AREAS IN THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT ARE BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A BUILDING CLEANLINESS COMPETITION AIMED AT ENCOURAGING RESIDENTS1 INVOLVEMENT IN MAINTAINING A CLEAN AND HEALTHY LIVING ENVIRONMENT.

THE FIVE AREAS ARE CHEUNG SHA WAN, NAM CHEONG EAST, NAM CHEONG WEST, NAM CHEONG NORTH AND LAI CHI KOK/UN CHAU, WHERE MOST OF THE DISTRICT’S PRIVATE BUILDINGS ARE LOCATED.

A SPOKESMAN OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD WORKING GROUP ON THE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT LETTERS HAD BEEN SENT TO MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES AND OWNERS’ INCORPORATIONS INVITING THEIR BUILDINGS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE COMPETITION.

THE PRELIMINARY ROUND OF THE COMPETITION WILL TAKE PLACE BETWEEN OCTOBER 30 AND NOVEMBER 8, DURING WHICH A PANEL OF ADJUDICATORS FORMED BY AREA COMMITTEE REPRESENTATIVES OR WORKING GROUP MEMBERS WILL INSPECT THE PARTICIPATING BUILDINGS TO SELECT THE THREE CLEANEST BUILDINGS IN EACH AREA.

A SECOND INSPECTION WILL BE CARRIED OUT BETWEEN NOVEMBER 13 AND 15 BY WORKING GROUP MEMBERS TO CHOOSE THE OVERALL WINNER AND RUNNERS-UP FROM AMONG THE SELECTED BUILDINGS OF THE PRELIMINARY ROUND.

TO FURTHER PROMOTE RESIDENTS’ AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF A CLEAN ENVIRONMENT. THE WORKING GROUP WILL STAGE A LARGE-SCALE CARNIVAL IN NOVEMBER. IT WILL ALSO PUT UP BANNERS BEARING THE KEEP CLEAN MESSAGE IN THE DISTRICT FROM NOW UNTIL JANUARY NEXT YEAR.

IN ADDITION. SUBSIDIES WILL BE GRANTED TO EACH OF THE 10 AREA COMMITTEES IN SHAM SHUI PO FOR ORGANISING KEEP CLEAN ACTIVITIES IN COOPERATION WITH THE WORKING GROUP.

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SOUTHERN DISTRICT BOARD REPORT AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS t * * t I

RESIDENTS IN SOUTHERN DISTRICT WHO ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE ABOUT THEIR DISTRICT BOARD MAY NOW OBTAIN A COPY OF THE BOARD’S REPORT AT THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

ILLUSTRATED WITH MORE THAN 50 COLOUR PHOTOGRAPHS AND CHARTS, THE BILINGUAL REPORT PROVIDES A SUCCINCT ACCOUNT OF WHAT HAS BEEN ACHIEVED BY THE BOARD DURING THE 1985-88 TERM.

THE 78-PAGE REPORT IS DIVIDED INTO EIGHT CHAPTERS, WITH THE FIRST DEVOTED TO A GENERAL INTRODUCTION OF THE DISTRICT BOARD AND ITS FIVE COMMITTEES.

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FIVE CHAPTERS COVER THE BOARD’S WORK IN COMMUNITY BUILDING, SOCIAL SERVICES. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT, TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT, AND OTHER DEVELOPMENTS.

THE REMAINING TWO CHAPTERS DEAL WITH THE COMMUNICATION CHANNELS IN THE DISTRICT AND THE MAJOR AREAS TO BE TACKLED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD IN THE FUTURE.

THE REPORT ALSO CARRIES INDIVIDUAL BOARD MEMBER'S VIEWS ABOUT THEIR SERVICES IN THE 1985-88 TERM.

FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE BOARD AND ITS COMMITTEES, INCLUDING THEIR TERMS OF REFERENCE, MEMBERSHIP AND LISTS OF GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES IN ATTENDANCE, IS PROVIDED IN THE REPORT’S APPENDICES.

THE REPORT IS AVAILABLE ON A FRIST COME. FIRST SERVED BASIS AT THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OFFICE’S FOUR PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICE CENTRES LOCATED AT ABERDEEN CENTRE, LEI TUNG ESTATE, WAH FU ESTATE AND STANLEY VILLAGE ROAD.

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BOOK EARLY FOR YUEN LONG ARTS FESTIVAL * * * * *

FESTIVAL-GOERS WHO DO NOT WANT TO MISS ANY SHOW IN THE YUEN LONG ARTS FESTIVAL IN NOVEMBER ARE ADVISED TO BOOK THEIR TICKETS EARLY BY MAIL.

MAIL ORDER FORMS CONTAINING INFORMATION ON THE VENUES, TICKET PRICES AND SEATING PLANS FOR PERFORMANCES WILL BE AVAILABLE FROM THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 28) AT THE PUBLIC ENQUIRIES COUNTERS OF THE YUEN LONG DISTRICT OFFICE, DISTRICT BOARD SECRETARIAT, YUEN LONG TOWN HALL AND LONG PING COMMUNITY HALL.

APPLICANTS SHOULD RETURN THE FORMS BY OCTOBER 14, BY MAIL OR IN PERSON, TO THE YUEN LONG TOWN HALL AT 4 TAI YUK ROAD, YUEN LONG.

THE 10-DAY YUEN LONG ARTS FESTIVAL, BEGINNING ON NOVEMBER 3, WILL PROVIDE A VARIETY OF MUSICAL, DRAMA AND DANCE PERFORMANCES. THE FESTIVAL HAS A BUDGET OF $1.2 MILLION.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 1989

TSUEN WAN ENQUIRY CENTRE ON MOVE » * t ♦ t

THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT OFFICE ANNOUNCED TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT THE TSUEN WAN SOUTH PUBLIC ENQUIRY SERVICES CENTRE, NOW LOCATED IN CASTLE PEAK ROAD. WILL BE MOVED TO NEW PREMISES ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 26) .

THE NEW ADDRESS IS GROUND FLOOR, 13-15 SHIU WO STREET, TSUEN WAN .

THE ENQUIRY TELEPHONE NUMBER IS 0-1931451.

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THREE NEU GEOLOGICAL MAPS FOR THE NT PUBLISHED | ♦ t ♦ » ♦

THREE NEW GEOLOGICAL MAPS FOR THE WEST AND NORTHWESTERN NEW TERRITORIES PUBLISHED BY THE GEOTECHNICAL CONTROL OFFICE OF THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT ARE NOW ON SALE.

THE PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEER. DR A.W. MALONE, SAID TODAY (SUNDAY) THAT THESE NEW MAPS WERE VERY IMPORTANT TO THE UNDERSTANDING OF THE GEOLOGY OF THE TERRITORY.

"THE AVAILABILITY OF GOOD GEOLOGICAL INFORMATION IS CRUCIAL TO FUTURE DEVELOPMENT AND CONSTRUCTION IN HONG KONG," HE SAID.

IN ADDITION TO THE THREE NEW MAPS A MEMOIR DESCRIBING THE GEOLOGY OF THE AREA IS ALSO AVAILABLE.

ENTITLED "THE GEOLOGY OF THE WESTERN NEW TERRITORIES", THE MEMOIR DESCRIBES THE GEOLOGY ON THE THREE NEW 1:20,000 SCALE GEOLOGICAL MAPS FOR SAN TIN, TSING SHAN, AND YUEN LONG.

DR MALONE SAID THE DOCUMENTS HAD BEEN PUBLISHED AS A PART OF THE ONGOING GEOLOGICAL MAPPING OF THE TERRITORY, INCLUDING THE MARINE AREAS, BY THE GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF HONG KONG, WHICH IS LOCATED IN THE GEOTECHNICAL CONTROL OFFICE.

"THE MEMOIR AND THE MAPS WILL BE OF INTERST TO EARTH SCIENTISTS, ENGINEERS, PLANNERS, EDUCATIONALISTS. AND THOSE CONCERNED WITH RESOURCE INVESTIGATIONS," HE SAID.

THE GEOTECHNICAL CONTROL OFFICE IS ALSO PREPARING A SERIES OF DETAILED GEOLOGICAL MAPS AT 1:5,000 SCALE, COVERING THE AREA BETWEEN TUEN MUN, YUEN LONG AND LOK MA CHAU. THESE DETAILED MAPS WILL PORTRAY THE GEOLOGY IN THE AREA POSSIBLY UNDERLAIN BY MARBLE BEDROCK.

THE MAPS AND MEMOIR FOR THE WEST AND NORTHWESTERN NEW TERRITORIES CAN BE PURCHASED FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, GPO BUILDING, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL AND THE MAP SALES CENTRES OF THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT.

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USE CORRECT TELEPHONE LINES FOR WATER ENQUIRIES *****

THE WATER SUPPLIES DEPARTMENT TODAY (SUNDAY) APPEALED TO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO USE THE PROPER TELEPHONE LINES FOR WATER SUPPLY ENQUIRIES IN ORDER NOT TO OVERLOAD THE WATER ENQUIRY HOTLINE.

A DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN SAID THE ENQUIRY HOTLINE HAD BECOME OVERWORKED AS RESIDENTS TENDED TO USE- IT FOR ALL MATTERS CONCERNING WATER SUPPLY IN KOWLOON AND THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THIS HAD RESULTED IN UNNECESSARY DISRUPTION IN COMMUNICATIONS, DELAYS AND COMPLAINTS FROM ALL PARTIES CONCERNED.

THE HOTLINE NUMBER IS 3-953131.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID THIS LINE SHOULD BE USED FOR GENERAL ENQUIRIES SUCH AS APPLICATION FOR A WATER METER BUT NOT FOR COMPLAINTS OF A FAULT OR FOR WATER ACCOUNT ENQUIRIES.

TO RECTIFY THE SITUATION, THE SPOKESMAN APPEALED TO THE PUBLIC TO CALL THE FOLLOWING TELEPHONE NUMBERS FOR GIVEN PURPOSES:

WATER ACCOUNT ENQUIRIES

KOWLOON AND NEW TERRITORIES

5-8900221 (12 LINES)

FAULT COMPLAINTS

KOWLOON, NEW KOWLOON, TSUEN WAN,

3-960210

KWAI CHUNG, TSING YI AND SAI KUNG

3-960219

SHA TIN AND TAI PO

0-6562368

NORTH DISTRICT

0-6700322

TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG

0-4762626

GENERAL ENQUIRIES

(OTHER THAN WATER ACCOUNTS AND FAULT COMPLAINTS)

KOWLOON AND NEW TERRITORIES

3-953131

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WATER CUTS IN FOUR DISTRICTS ♦ ♦ ♦ *

FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN SHEUNG SHUI WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 PM ON TUESDAY (SEPTEMBER 26) TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY FOR LEAKAGE TESTS.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY HANG TAU ROAD AND FAN KAM ROAD, INCLUDING KWU TUNG TIN SUM, HANG TAU, HANG TAU TAI PO, TSIU KENG, TONG KUNG LENG, CHEUNG LEK AND KWU TUNG MARKET.

OWING TO SUSPENSION OF ELECTRICITY SUPPLY, FRESH WATER SUPPLY TO SOME PREMISES ON LANTAU ISLAND WILL BE CUT OFF FROM 9 AM TO 8 PM ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 27) AND FROM 9 AM TO 4 PM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 29).

THE VILLAGES AFFECTED INCLUDE SHUI HAU VILLAGE, TONG FUK VILLAGE, CHEUNG SHA UPPER AND LOWER VILLAGES, SAN SHEK VILLAGE, PU1 0 KAU TSUEN, PUI 0 SAN TSUEN, LO UK TSUEN, WO LIU TSUEN, HOM TIN TSUEN AND LO WAI TSUEN.

ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 28), FLUSHING WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN CHAI WAN WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 10 AM TO 6 PM TO FACILITATE WATERMAIN CONNECTION.

THE AREA AFFECTED IS BOUNDED BY CHAI WAN ROAD, WAN TSUI ROAD, FEI TSUI ROAD, SUI MAN ROAD, LIN SHING ROAD, WING TAI ROAD, CHEUNG MAN ROAD, LOK MAN ROAD, HONG MAN ROAD, CHEUNG LEE STREET, KUT SHING STREET, LEE CHUNG STREET, NING FOO STREET, YEE FUNG STREET, YEE SHING STREET, YEE SHUN STREET, WAH HA STREET, SAN HA STREET, KA YIP STREET, SHEUNG ON STREET, SUN YIP STREET, FUNG YIP STREET, ON YIP STREET, SUN ON STREET, WING PING STREET, HONG PING STREET, KAM YUEN LANE AND HENG FA CHUEN.

ON THE SAME DAV, I RESH WATER SUPPLY TO CERTAIN PREMISES IN KWUN TONG WILL BE SUSPENDED FROM 11 PM TO 6 AM THE NEXT DAY TO FACILITATE A NIGHT LEAKAGE TEST.

THE AFFECTED AREA IS BOUNDED BY YUET WAH STREET, TIN HEUNG STREET AND TSZ LOI LANE. INCLUDING WO LOK ESTATE.

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TENDERS INVITED FOR SLOPE STABILISATION WORKS

THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR STABILISATION WORKS AT A SLOPE OPPOSITE THE KOWLOON-CANTON RAILWAY’S TAI PO MARKET STATION.

THE WORKS FORM PART OF A LANDSLIP PREVENTIVE MEASURES PROGRAMME.

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IT IS EXPECTED THAT WORK WILL START TN NOVEMBER AND BE CONI LETED NEXT JULY.

TENDER FORMS AND FURTHER PARTICULARS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE OFFICE OF THE RAILWAY DIVISION OF THE CIVIL ENGINEERING SERVICES DEPARTMENT. 12TH FLOOR, EMPIRE CENTRE, 68 MODY ROAD, TSIM SHA TSUI EAST. KOWLOON.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON OCTOBER 13.

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EXPANSION OF NGAU TAM MEI COMPOSTING PLANT

*****

THE NGAU TAM MEI LIVESTOCK MANURE COMPOSTING PLANT IN YUEN LONG WILL BE EXPANDED TO TIE IN WITH THE PHASED IMPLEMENTATION OF THE REGULATORY CONTROL ON LIVESTOCK WASTE DISPOSAL.

THE EXPANSION WORK INCLUDES THE CONSTRUCTION OF AN OFFICE BLOCK, MANURE BUNKER, COMPOST BUNKER. COMPOST STORE WITH PLUMBING AND DRAINAGE SYSTEM.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO COMMENCE IN DECEMBER AND BE COMPLETED IN JULY NEXT YEAR.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE PROJECT.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF TENDERS IS NOON ON OCTOBER 13.

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PLB DRIVERS REMINDED ON DESTINATION INDICATOR REQUIREMENTS

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OWNERS AND DRIVERS OF PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES ARE TODAY (SUNDAY) REMINDED THAT BOTH THE ENGLISH LETTERS AND CHINESE CHARACTERS INDICATING THE DESTINATION OF THE ROUTE MUST MEET THE REQUIREMENTS IMPOSED BY LAW.

THE LETTERS AND CHARACTERS MUST AT LEAST BE 70 MM IN HEIGHT AND ARE TO BE DISPLAYED INSIDE THE DESTINATION INDICATOR APERTURE WHICH MUST BE OF A MINIMUM SIZE OF EITHER 140 MM (HEIGHT) BY 460 MM (WIDTH) OR 80 MM (HEIGHT) BY 920 MM (WIDTH).

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID THE ABOVE REQUIREMENTS APPLIED TO ALL GREEN MINIBUSES AND RED PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES REGISTERED ON OR AFTER SEPTEMBER 2, 1988. VEHICLES REGISTERED BEFORE THIS DATE ARE ONLY REQUIRED TO COMPLY WITH THE SPECIFICATIONS SET OUT IN 1976.

/THE SPOKESMAN ......

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THE SPOKESMAN URGED OWNERS AND DRIVERS TO CO-OPERATE, WHEREVER POSSIBLE, TO FACILITATE CLARITY FOR Till PUBLIC.

THE COLOUR OF THE DESTINATION INDICATORS DEPENDS ON THE OPERATING AREAS O) THE PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES.

THE LETTERS AND CHARACTERS SHOULD BE WHITE IN COLOUR. WITH DARK BLUE BACKGROUND FOR ROUTES OPERATING ON HONG KONG ISLAND. GREEN BACKGROUND FOR ROUTES TERMINATING IN KOWLOON AND NEW KOWLOON, YELLOW BACKGROUND FOL' ROUTES TERMINATING IN Till: NEW TERRITORIES AND RED BACKGROUND FOR CROSS HARBOUR ROUTES.

THE SPOKESMAN ALSO REMINDED OWNERS AND DRIVERS OF PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES THAT THE DESTINATION INDICATOR SHOULD BE ADEQUATELY ILLUMINATED AT ALL TIMES DURING POOR VISIBILITY CONDITIONS AND HOURS OF DARKNESS.

THE DESTINATION IN ENGLISH AND IN CHINESE CHARACTERS BY REFERENCE TO A ROAD JUNCTION OR A SIMILARLY PRECISE LOCATION SHOULD BE CLEARLY INDICATED.

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BOOKMARK DESIGN CONTEST FOR CAREERS ’90

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT IS ORGANISING A STUDENT BOOKMARK DESIGN COMPETITION FOR ITS ANNUAL CAREERS EXHIBITION, CAREERS '90, DUE TO BE HELD BETWEEN DECEMBER I AND 11 AT THE SHA TIN TOWN HALL.

ALL SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS INTERESTED TN DESIGN AND CREATIVE WORK ARE WELCOME TO SEND IN ENTRIES, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (SUNDAY).

"THE DESIGNS, WHICH CAN BE TN THE FORM OF LETTERS OR GRAPHICS, SHOULD BE ABLE TO SHOW THE IMPORTANCE OF CHOOSING THE RIGHT CAREER," HE SAID.

"THE ENTRIES SUBMITTED MUST BE IN COLOUR AND MOUNTED ON CARDBOARD, AND SHOULD MEASURE 36.8 CM BY 11.4 CM," HE ADDED.

THE FOLLOWING PARTICULARS SHOULD BE SHOWN ON THE BACK OF THE BOOKMARK:

"THE CAREERS ADVISORY SERVICE OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT PROVIDES INFORMATION ON CAREERS AND FURTHER EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES at:

t SOUTHORN CENTRE, 16TH FLOOR, 130 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI (TEL. 5-8352044)

/• TO KWA

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» TO KWA WAN MARKET AND GOVERNMENT OFFICES, NINTH FLOOR, 165 MA TAI’ WAI ROAD, KOWLOON (TEL. 3-7153635)

t FAR EAST BANK BUILDING, THIRD FLOOR, 135 CASTLE PEAK ROAD, TSUEN WAN (TEL. 0-4166444)

* CHANWAY SHOPPING CENTRE, SECOND FLOOR, 11-17 SHA TIN CENTRE STREET. SHA TIN (TEL. 0-6015101)"

THE ENTRIES MUST REACH THE CAREERS ADVISORY SERVICE AT SOUTHORN CENTRE, 16TH FLOOR, 130 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI, BY OCTOBER 31 .

THE TOP THREE WINNERS WILL EACH BE AWARDED A CAMERA, WHILE SOUVENIRS WILL BE PRESENTED TO DESIGNERS OF 20 OTHER SELECTED ENTRIES.

THEY WILL BE NOTIFIED INDIVIDUALLY TO RECEIVE THEIR PRIZES AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF CAREERS '90 ON DECEMBER 1.

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

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MUSIC FESTIVAL TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH i * t t *

CHINESE MUSIC LOVERS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ENJOY PERFORMANCES BY LOCAL AND CHINESE MUSICIANS DURING THE 1989 HONG KONG YOUTH CHINESE MUSIC FESTIVAL TO BE HELD FROM OCTOBER 22 TO 29.

FEATURING A SERIES OF CONCERTS, MASTER CLASSES, LECTURES AND DEMONSTRATIONS. THE FESTIVAL IS ORGANISED ANNUALLY BY THE MUSIC OFFICE TO IMPROVE THE LOCAL STANDARD OF PERFORMANCE AND TO STIMULATE GREATER INTEREST IN CHINESE MUSIC.

ON OCTOBER 22, AN OPENING CONCERT WILL BE HELD AT THE TSUEN WAN TOWN HALL BEGINNING AT 8 PM. A NUMBER OF FAMOUS MUSICAL PIECES WILL BE PRESENTED.

FOUR GUEST MUSICIANS FROM CHINA -- REN TONGXIANG (SPECIALISING IN SUONA), WANG HONGYI (SPECIALISING IN L1UQIN), JIANG XUNFENG (SPECIALISING IN ERHU) AND WANG FANDI (SPECIALISING IN PIPA) -- HAVE BEEN INVITED TO GIVE DEMONSTRATION PERFORMANCES AND TO CONDUCT MASTER CLASSES AT VARIOUS MUSIC CENTRES OF THE MUSIC OFFICE.

IN SUPPORT OF THE FESTIVAL, THE URBAN COUNCIL WILL ORGANISE A CONCERT ON OCTOBER 27 AT THE KO SHAN THEATRE. THE HONG KONG CHINESE ORCHESTRA AND THE HONG KONG YOUTH CHINESE ORCHESTRA WILL PERFORM IN THE CONCERT, WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 3 PM.

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TWO OTHER CONCERTS, THE JING YING AND THE INTERFLOW CONCERTS, WILL BE HELD RESPECTIVELY AT THE HONG KONG ARTS CENTRE’S SHOUSON THEATRE ON OCTOBER 26 AND AT THE ACADEMIC COMMUNITY HALL ON OCTOBER 29.

THE JING YING CONCERT, FEATURING GUEST MUSICIANS FROM CHINA, THE MUSIC OFFICE’S CHINESE ORCHESTRA AND WINNERS OF THE SCHOOLS MUSIC FESTIVAL, WILL BEGIN AT 8 PM.

THE INTERFLOW CONCERT, WHICH IS AN EXCHANGE OF MUSICAL EXPERIENCE BY 21 SCHOOL AND AMATEUR CHINESE ORCHESTRAS, WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM.

TICKETS AT $10, $20, AND $30 EACH FOR ALL THE CONCERTS, EXCEPT THE INTERFLOW CONCERT WHICH IS NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT ALL URBTIX OUTLETS.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON TEL. 0-6065731.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

GOVT TAKING CLOSE LOOK AT PRIMARY HEALTH CARE SERVICES ..... 1

EFFORTS MADE TO IMPROVE SOCIAL SERVICE QUALITY ............. 2

CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR AUGUST PUBLISHED ................ 5

SIMPLIFIED PROCESSING AT CHECK-POINT TO BE STUDIED ......... 5

CONSULTANCY STUDY ON CONTROL OF ASBESTOS IN ENVIRONMENT .... 6

TAI PO DB TO DISCUSS POLITICAL MODEL ....................... 7

DB COMMITTEE TO BE BRIEFED ON EFFLUENT DISCHARGE............ 7

DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER SPORTS SCHEME ..................... 8

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS FUND ALLOCATION .................... 8

CLEAN-UP OPERATION IN SAI KUNG ............................. 9

APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR MOCK DB MEETING ................... 9

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE STUDIES IN DECEMBER ... 10

RECREATIONAL AREAS FOR MONG KOK AND SAI KUNG ............... 11

WATER STORAGE FIGURE........................................ 12

NIGHT CLOSURE OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD (SAN HUI) ................ 12

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1989

GOVT TAKING CLOSE LOOK AT PRIMARY t » * * ♦ *

HEALTH CARE SERVICES

THE GOVERNMENT IS TAKING A CLOSE AND THOROUGH LOOK AT HONG • KONG’S PRIMARY HEALTH CARE SERVICES, THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, SAID TODAY (MONDAY).

"IN PARTICULAR WE WANT TO LOOK AT THE RESPECTIVE ROLES OF GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR IN THE PROVISION OF PRIMARY HEALTH CARE TO THE COMMUNITY AND WORK OUT THE RIGHT INTERFACE BETWEEN PRIMARY HEALTH CARE SERVICES AND HOSPITAL SERVICES TO ENSURE THAT AVAILABLE RESOURCES ARE USED IN THE MOST EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE MANNER," HE SAID.

THE GOVERNOR WAS ADDRESSING THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE 41ST WORLD MEDICAL ASSEMBLY OF THE WORLD MEDICAL ASSOCIATION HOSTED BY THE HONG KONG MEDICAL ASSOCIATION.

SIR DAVID STRESSED THAT THE GOVERNMENT MUST MAKE SURE THAT MEDICAL SERVICES MET THE NEEDS OF HONG KONG INTO THE 1990’S AND BEYOND.

HE POINTED OUT THAT LIFE EXPECTANCY FOR THE PEOPLE OF HONG KONG WAS AMONG THE HIGHEST IN THE WORLD, HIGHER FOR INSTANCE THAN MOST OF WESTERN EUROPE AND HIGHER THAN THE UNITED STATES, AND OUR INFANT MORTALITY RATES WERE LOWER THAN IN MOST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES.

"WE CANNOT, HOWEVER, BE COMPLACENT ABOUT THESE ACHIEVEMENTS,' HE ADDED.

THE GOVERNOR SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS SEEKING WAYS TO ENSURE A MORE HEALTHY COMMUNITY SO THAT OUR PEOPLE COULD ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF HONG KONG'S PROSPERITY.

"FOR INSTANCE WE HAVE A HEALTHY POPULATION BUT SOME BADLY OVERCROWDED WARDS IN PUBLIC HOSPITALS." SIR DAVID NOTED.

HE TOLD THE ASSEMBLY THAT THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY IN THE FIRST HALF OF NEXT YEAR WAS INTENDED TO IMPROVE THE ADMINISTRATION OF ALL GOVERNMENT AND 3UBVENTED HOSPITAL.

"IN THIS WAY WE INTEND TO MAKE MORE EFFECTIVE AND BALANCED USE OF OUR SCARCE RESOURCES BOTH WITHIN HOSPITALS AND BETWEEN HOSPITALS," THE GOVERNOR SAID.

NOTING THAT A SPECIAL THEME FOR THE ASSEMBLY WAS THE IMPACT OF NATIONAL MEDICAL ASSOCIATIONS ON NATIONAL HEALTH POLICY AND SYSTEMS, THE GOVERNOR SAID WE HAD ALWAYS IN HONG KONG OPERATED AN ELABORATE SYSTEM OF CONSULTATION ON ALL IMPORTANT ISSUES OF PUBLIC POLICY.

HE POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG'S MEDICAL ASSOCIATIONS PLAYED A FULL IN THIS PROCESS, NOTABLY IN DEALING BOTH WITH POSTGRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING AND WITH PRIMARY HEALTH CARE SERVICES.

THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL HAVING ONE SEAT ELECTED BY THE MEDICAL PROFESSION SHOWED THAT HONG KONG'S MEDICAL ASSOCIATIONS PLAYED A MAJOR ROLE IN HELPING THE GOVERNMENT TO FORMULATE POLICY, HE SAID.

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2

EFFORTS MADE TO

IMPROVE SOCIAL SERVICE QUALITY

*****

SOCIAL WORKERS AND ADMINISTRATORS OF SOCIAL WELFARE AGENCIES MUST MAKE THE BEST USE OF THEIR PROFESSIONAL SKILLS IN THE AREAS OF SERVICE PLANNING, CO-ORDINATION AND EVALUATION SO AS TO ENSURE THAT SERVICE DELIVERY MEETS THE NEEDS OF THE TARGET CLIENT GROUPS.

THE SECRETARY FOR HEALTH AND WELFARE, MR T.H. CHAU, SAID THIS TODAY (MONDAY) WHILE OFFICIATING AT A GRADUATION CEREMONY OF THE DIPLOMA COURSE IN MANAGEMENT (SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES) RUN BY THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE AND THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG.

MR CHAU SAID THAT BOTH GOVERNMENT AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS WERE MAKING EVERY EFFORT TO RAISE THE QUALITY OF SOCIAL SERVICE TO MEET THE INCREASING COMMUNITY DEMANDS.

"THE GOVERNMENT’S FINANCIAL SUPPORT, IN THE FORM OF SUBVENTION TO SOCIAL WELFARE AGENCIES, HAS ALSO INCREASED SUBSTANTIALLY IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, FROM S625 MILLION IN 1987-88 TO S933 MILLION IN THE CURRENT YEAR," HE SAID,

"THE INCREASE IN FUNDING AND WELFARE SERVICES HAS BROUGHT A CORRESPONDING EXPANSION IN THE SIZE OF VOLUNTARY WELFARE AGENCIES.

"AT PRESENT, THERE ARE 159 WELFARE AGENCIES RECEIVING GOVERNMENT SUBVENTION AND THERE ARE A TOTAL OF MORE THAN 1,400 SUBVERTED SERVICE UNITS EMPLOYING OVER 12,000 SUBVERTED STAFF.

"AMONGST THE SUBVERTED AGENCIES, 33 OF THEM HAVE MORE THAN 100 STAFF, AND OF THESE 33, 10 HAVE MORE THAN 300 STAFF ON THEIR PAYROLL."

MR CHAU POINTED OUT THAT JUST BY LOOKING AT THE SIZE OF SOME OF THESE AGENCIES AND THE COMPLEXITY OF THE SERVICES THEY PROVIDED, THE NEED FOR PROFESSIONAL MANAGEMENT WAS OBVIOUS.

"IN TERMS OF STAFF MANAGEMENT, FINANCIAL PLANNING, DECISION MAKING AND LEADERSHIP, THESE AGENCIES ARE PERHAPS NOT DISSIMILAR TO CORPORATIONS IN THE COMMERCIAL SECTOR, WHERE PROFESSIONAL MANAGEMENT TOOLS ARE EXTENSIVELY USED TO SOLVE PROBLEMS," HE SAID.

MR CHAU SAID THE PROFESSIONAL TRAINING PROVIDED BY THE COUNCIL’S DIPLOMA COURSE WOULD ENABLE THE "MANAGERS" OF WELFARE AGENCIES TO DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT SERVICES BEST SUITED TO THE NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITY.

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CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR AUGUST PUBLISHED » ♦ » * *

THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT TODAY (MONDAY) PUBLISHED THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES FOR AUGUST 1989.

THE CPI(A) AND CPI(B) (OCT. 84/SEP. 85 = 100) FOR AUGUST 1989 WERE 130.7 AND 130.2 RESPECTIVELY, REPRESENTING INCREASES OF 9.9 PER CENT AND 9.7 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY OVER AUGUST 1988.

THESE RATES OF INCREASE WERE LOWER THAN THOSE RECORDED IN JUNE, WHICH WERE 11.0 PER CENT AND 10.3 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY, AND IN JULY, WHICH WERE 10.3 PER CENT AND 10.0 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY.

COMPARING AUGUST WITH JULY 1989, THE CPI(A) AND THE CPI(B) BOTH INCREASED BY 0.3 PER CENT, LARGELY BECAUSE OF HIGHER PRICES OF ['RESH VEGETABLES AND HIGHER CHARGES FOR MEALS IN RESTAURANTS AND OTHER EATING PLACES AND FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT.

THE AVERAGE CPI(A) AND AVERAGE CPI(B) FOR THE 12 MONTHS ENDED AUGUST 1989, AT 125.4 AND 125.1 RESPECTIVELY, WERE 9.5 PER CENT AND 9.1 PER CENT RESPECTIVELY HIGHER THAN THE AVERAGE FOR THE 12 MONTHS ENDED AUGUST 1988.

DURING THE THREE-MONTH PERIOD ENDED AUGUST 1989, THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED CPI(A) INCREASED AT AN AVERAGE RATE OF 0.4 PER CENT PER MONTH AND THE SEASONALLY ADJUSTED CPI(B), AT 0.5 PER CENT PER MONTH.

THE CPI(A) AND THE CPI(B) ARE BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERNS OF 50 PER CENT AND 30 PER CENT, RESPECTIVELY, OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS IN HONG KONG, WHICH WERE DERIVED FROM THE 1984/85 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY. THE CPI(A) REFERS TO HOUSEHOLDS SPENDING BETWEEN S2,000 AND $6,499 A MONTH AT THAT TIME AND THE CPT(B) BETWEEN $6,500 AND $9,999 A MONTH.

CHANGES IN THE INDEXES FOR AUGUST 1989 IN RESPECT OF THE NINE COMMODITY/SERVICE SECTIONS IN THE TWO CONSUMER PRICE INDEXES, AS COMPARED WITH JULY 1989 AND AUGUST 1988, ARE GIVEN BELOW.

(OCTOBER 1984 TO SEPTEMBER 1985 AVERAGE = 100)

CPI(A) CPI(B)

INDEX % CHANGE % CHANGE INDEX % CHANGE % CHANGE

FOR OVER OVER FOR OVER OVER

SECTION AUG. 89 JUL. 89 AUG. 88 AUG. 89 JUL. 89 AUG. 88

FOODSTUFFS 133.0 + 0.5 + 11.3 134 . 1 + 0.5 + 12.0

HOUSING 122.3 + 0.3 + 7.6 117.7 + 0.3 + 5.8

FUEL AND LIGHT 95.9 -0.0* + 3.0 96.2 -0.0* + 2.5

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ALCOHOLIC DRINKS AND TOBACCO (FOR HOME CONSUMPTION) 133.4 + 0.0* + 7.2 134.6 + 0.1 + 7.4

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR 134.7 -0.8 + 9.9 137.5 -0.8 + 10.3

DURABLE GOODS 121.7 -0.2 + 2.2 120.6 -0.4 + 2.2

MISCELLANEOUS GOODS 132.3 -0.3 + 7.6 131.7 -0.4 + 7.1

TRANSPORT AND VEHICLES 136.9 + 0.3 + 13.3 135.9 + 0.4 + 13.2

SERVICES 142.3 + 0.8 + 12.2 142.7 + 0.7 + 12.3

ALL ITEMS 130.7 + 0.3 + 9.9 130.2 + 0.3 + 9.7

.LESS THAN 0.05 PER CENT

THE INDEX FOR FOODSTUFFS INCREASED BY 0.5 PER CENT IN BOTH CPI(A) AND CPI(B). THIS WAS MAINLY DUE TO INCREASES IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICE OF FRESH VEGETABLES AND IN THE AVERAGE CHARGE FOR MEALS IN RESTAURANTS AND OTHER EATING PLACES, WHICH MORE THAN OFFSET THE DECREASES IN THE AVERAGE RETAIL PRICES OF SALT-WATER FISH AND FRESH FRUIT.

THE INDEX FOR CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR DECREASED BY 0.8 PER CENT IN BOTH CPI(A) AND CPI(B) AS A RESULT OF LOWER PRICES OF OUTERCLOTHING AND MEN'S FOOTWEAR.

THE INDEX FCR SERVICES INCREASED BY 0.8 PER CENT IN CPI(A) AND BY 0.7 PER CENT IN CPI(B) BECAUSE OF HIGHER CHARGES FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT.

FIGURES HEREIN REFER TO CPI SERIES NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED. ALL PERCENTAGE CHANGES ARE DERIVED FROM CPI FIGURES TAKEN TO MORE THAN ONE DECIMAL PLACE.

MORE DETAILS ARE GIVEN IN THE "CONSUMER PRICE INDEX REPORT FOR AUGUST 1989, WHICH IS AVAILABLE AT S3.50 PER COPY FROM THE GOVERNMENT PUBLICATIONS CENTRE, GPO BUILDING, GROUND FLOOR, CONNAUGHT PLACE, CENTRAL; OR FROM THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT, 19TH FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER 1, 12 HARBOUR ROAD, WAN CHAI; OR FROM THE INFORMATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT, FRENCH MISSION BUILDING, 1 BATTERY PATH, HONG KONG FOR LOCAL AND OVERSEAS MAILINGS.

ENQUIRIES ABOUT THE INDEXES MAY BE MADE TO THE CONSUMER PRICE INDEX SECTION OF THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT ON TEL. 5-8235089.

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5

THE HANG SENG CPI

OVER JULY 1989 AND UP BY

WAS 136.7 IN AUGUST 1989, UP BY 0.6 10.7 PER CENT OVER AUGUST 1988.

PER CENT

THE HANG SENG CPI

IS BASED ON THE EXPENDITURE PATTERN

OF THE 10

PER CENT OF URBAN HOUSEHOLDS IN HONG KONG THAT SPENT 510,000-524,999 A MONTH DURING THE 1984/85 HOUSEHOLD EXPENDITURE SURVEY.

FURTHER DETAILS REGARDING THIS INDEX ARE INCLUDED IN THE SENG CPI REPORT ISSUED BY THE ECONOMIC RESEARCH DEPARTMENT OF SENG BANK LTD.

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SIMPLIFIED PROCESSING AT CHECK-POINT * t I t ♦ ♦

TO BE STUDIED

THE

_____ WILL STUDY WHETHER

PRESENT DOCUMENTATION PROCESSING SYSTEM FOR LORRIES AND CONTAINER TRUCKS AT THE MAN KAM TO CHECK-POINT CAN BE FURTHER SIMPLIFIED.

THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (MONDAY) THAT AGREED AT A MEETING YESTERDAY ATTENDED

WAS AMONG STEPS REPRESENTATIVES OF REPRESENTATIVES OF BORDER CHECK-POINT.

THE

TWO

CUSTOMS. POLICE, ASSOCIATIONS ON

IMMIGRATION, SOME DRIVERS THE PROCESSING TIME AT

THIS

BY

AND

THE

"IT HAS ALSO BE (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF

AGREED THAT THE

PRESENT

THE ONE UNDER REPAIR) WILL

SIX BE

ARRIVAL KIOSKS

MOBILISED

CLEARANCE AT PEAK HOURS IN THE MORNING AND ALSO IN THE AFTERNOON BETWEEN 3.30 AND IMMIGRATION.

BETWEEN 7.15 AM AND PM AND 8.30 PM BY BOTH

10.30

FOR AM

CUSTOMS

AS REGARDS THE ALLEGED REPORTS

OF DELIBERATE

CONTROL POINT. THE DEPARTMENT WILL LOOK DECIDING ON WHAT FURTHER ACTION TO TAKE,”

INTO SUCH

DELAY REPORTS

THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

AT THE

BEFORE

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HE ADDED THAT THE DEPARTMENT WOULD ALSO CONSIDER ADOPTING WHENEVER NECESSARY IN ORDER TO

FREQUENT TIDAL WAVE ARRANGEMENTS UP THE FLOW OF VEHICLES.

MORE

SPEED

THE SPOKESMAN POINTED OUT CHECK-POINT PROCESSED AN AVERAGE DURING THE LAST THREE MONTHS.

THAT CUSTOMS STAFF AT THE MAN KAM OF 5.300 INBOUND VEHICLES EACH

TO DAY

AND

ABOUT THE

"GIVEN THE NUMBER OF HOURS OF OPERATION FROM 7 AM TO 8 PM GIVEN THE NUMBER OF PROCESSING KIOSKS AVAILABLE. IT ONLY TOOK AN AVERAGE OF 40 SECONDS FOR A VEHICLE TO BE PROCESSED," SPOKESMAN SAID.

/’’AND THE

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER ?5. 19$?

"AND THE PROCESSING PROCEDURES THAT HAVE TO BE DONE DURING

THIS SHORT PERIOD OF MANIFESTS LODGED. PARTICULARS DECLARED DETERMINING WHETHER

TIME INCLUDE VERIFYING THE VEHICLES AGAINST CHECKING PARTICULARS OF LICENCES AGAINST ON MANIFESTS. CHECKING OF TARGET LISTS AND OR NOT TO SELECT CONSIGNMENT FOR FURTHER

EXAMINATION."

I

"WE ARE. OF COURSE, VERY PLEASED TO HAVE BEEN ABLE TO OPEN A DIALOGUE WITH THE CONCERNED GROUPS SO THAT ANY PROBLEMS ARISING FROM THE CUSTOMS CLEARANCE PROCEDURES CAN DE DISCUSSED IN FUTURE." THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

CONSULTANCY STUDY ON CONTROL OF ASBESTOS IN ENVIRONMENT

*****

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DEPARTMENT (EPD) HAS COMMISSIONED A CONSULTANT TO DRAW UP A FRAMEWORK OF LEGISLATIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROLS INVOLVING THE MAINTENANCE AND REMOVAL OF ASBESTOS-CONTAINING MATERIALS IN BUILDINGS.

AN AGREEMENT ON THE Si.3 MILLION CONSULTANCY STUDY WAS SIGNED THIS (MONDAY) AFTERNOON BY THE EPD’S ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, MR ROBERT LAW, AND REPRESENTATIVES OF BALFOURS INTERNATIONAL (ASIA) CONSULTING ENGINEERS.

AN EPD SPOKESMAN SAID THE CONSULTANT WILL EXAMINE EXISTING LEGISLATION AND AVAILABLE DATA ON THE USE OF ASBESTOS-CONTAINING MATERIALS IN HONG KONG.

IT WILL PROVIDE A COMPREHENSIVE FRAMEWORK OF LEGISLATIVE AND ADMINISTRATIVE CONTROLS FOR THE MANAGEMENT AND CONTROL OF REMOVAL OF THE MATERIAL SO AS TO ADEQUATELY PROTECT MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC.

AT PRESENT, THERE ARE NO STATUTORY OR ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE TO PROTECT THE GENERAL PUBLIC FROM UNDUE ASBESTOS EXPOSURE.

AN EXPERT FROM THE UNITED KINGDOM, HIRED BY THE CONSULTANCY FIRM, WILL FLY TO HONG KONG AND BE HERE FOR THE DURATION OF THE STUDY.

THE SPOKESMAN SAID IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE EXISTING AIR POLLUTION CONTROL ORDINANCE WILL BE AMENDED TO GIVE EFFECT TO THE NEW LEGISLATION.

A LICENSING SYSTEM FOR ASBESTOS REMOVAL CONTRACTORS AND PROJECT CONSULTANTS WILL BE CONSIDERED.

ALSO, THE CONSULTANT WILL PREPARE A DRAFT CODE OF PRACTICE AND OTHER SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION TO COMPLEMENT THE PROPOSED LEGISLATION.

THE CONSULTANCY STUDY WILL START IN EARLY OCTOBER AND TAKE SIX MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

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MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 25. 1989

TAI PO DB TO DISCUSS POLITICAL MODEL t t t t t

Till TAI PO DISTRIC’I BOARD KILL HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 271 TO DISCUSS THE POLITICAL MODEL PROPOSED BY OMELCO.

LEGISLATIVI COUNCILLOR MR ANDREW WONG HAS BEEN INVITED TO ATTEND Till MEI I I .G TO L’.RIEE MEMBERS ON THE PROPOSAL.

'.ISO. MEMBERS WILL El.ICT THE CHAIRMEN OF THE DISTRICT BOARD'S E1VI COMMITTEES DURING THE MEETING. THEY ARE THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND '• ORES COMMITTEE. PROMOTION AND PUBLICITY COMMITTEE, THE RECREATION. SPORTS AND CULTURAL Al FAIRS COMMITTEE. THE SOCIAL SERVICES l OMMITTI F AND TH! TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD SPECIAL MEETING TO BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 27) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM ON THE THIRD FLOOR OF TAI PO COMMERCIAL CENTRE. 152 KWONG FUK ROAD. TAI PO.

THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 9.30 AM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO BE BRIEFED ON EFFLUENT DISCHARGE * t » * *

THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD'S ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING COMMITTEE WILL BE BRIEFED BY AN OFFICIAL FROM THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE OFFICE ON GOVERNMENT ACTIONS AGAINST POLLUTION CAUSED BY EFFLUENT DISCHARGED FROM FACTORIES IN THE DISTRICT AT THE COMMITTEE'S MEETING TOMORROW (TUESDAY).

ALSO. MEMBERS WILL BE BRIEFED ON THE INFORMATION GATHERED BY THE AIR QUALITY MONITORING STATION IN KWAI CHUNG.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE KWAI TSING DISTRICT BOARD’S ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING COMMITTEE TO BEGIN AT 2.30 PM TOMORROW (TUESDAY) IN THE DB CONFERENCE ROOM, 1OTH FLOOR, KWAI HING GOVERNMENT OFFICES BUILDING, HING FONG ROAD, KWAI CHUNG.

MONDAY. SEPTEMBER 25. 1989

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DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER SPORTS SCHEME t * * ♦ *

THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD’S RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE WILL REVIEW A PROGRESS REPORT ON A SPORTS PROMOTION SCHEME AT itS MEETING ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 27).

OTHER ITEMS ON THE AGENDA INCLUDE FUND APPLICATIONS FROM THE TSUEN WAN SPORTS FESTIVAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE, THE ACTIVITIES WORKING GROUP OF THE TSUEN WAN CENTRAL AREA COMMITTEE, AND THE TSUEN WAN RURAL AREA COMMITTEE.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TSUEN WAN DISTRICT BOARD’S RECREATION AND SPORTS COMMITTEE ON WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 27) IN THE MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM OF THE REGIONAL COUNCIL, SECOND FLOOR, TSUEN WAN STATION MULTI-STOREY CARPARK BUILDING, TSUEN WAN. THE MEETING WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS FUND ALLOCATION » t * * *

THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING WILL CONSIDER THE ALLOCATION OF 8175.000 IN DISTRICT BOARD LOCAL ORGANISATIONS AND AREA COMMITTEES AT ITS MEETING

COMMITTEE

FUNDS TO

TOMORROW

(TUESDAY) .

MEMBERS WILL ALSO KOK ROAD SAFETY CAMPAIGN

LOOK INTO THE DETAILS OF THE 1989-90 MONG AND ARE EXPECTED TO ENDORSE THE ALLOCATION

OF $25,000 FOR THE CAMPAIGN.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE MONG KOK DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM IN THE DISTRICT OFFICE CONFERENCE ROOM, FIRST FLOOR, 157 PRINCE EDWARD ROAD, KOWLOON.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 1939

CLEAN-VP OPERATION t t ♦ ♦

IN SAI KUNG *

A CLEAN-UP OPERATION WAS HELD AT PO TOI 0 IN SAI KUNG TODAY (MONDAY) TO REMIND VILLAGERS AND BEACH-GOERS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANLINESS.

THE OPERATION, JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE SAI KUNO DISTRICT BOARD'S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, IS AMONG THE DISTRICT’S ACTIVITIES BEING ARRANGED IN SUPPORT OF THE TERRITORY-WIDE KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN.

GUESTS PARTICIPATING IN TODAY'S OPERATION INCLUDED THE CHAIRMAN OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE, MR HO KOON-SHUN) CHAIRMAN AND SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE COMMITTEE'S WORKING GROUP ON THE 1989-90 KEEP HONG KONG CLEAN CAMPAIGN, MR EDWARD PONG; AND DISTRICT HYGIENE SUPERINTENDENT (SAI KUNG) OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT, MR LAM CHI-CHUNG.

THIRTY VOLUNTEERS FROM PU1 CHI BOYS' HOME ALSO TOOK PART IN THE OPERATION.

THE NEXT ACTIVITY, A "CLEAN SAI KUNG MARICULTURE ZONES FORTNIGHT", WILL START ON OCTOBER 13 AND LAST UNTIL OCTOBER 27 IN THE DISTRICT'S SEVEN MARICULTURE ZONES.

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APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR MOCK DB MEETING * » * * *

THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC

THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION WILL ORGANISE A MOCK DISTR1C. BOARD TO HELP THE PUBLIC BETTER UNDERSTAND THE HUTTONS AND OPERATION OF

MEETING ON NOVEMBER

11 A

DISTRICT BOARD.

THIS IS PART OF THE COMMITTEE'S YEA! ’ONG EFFORT PROMOTING RESIDENTS’ INTEREST AND INVOLVEMENT IN DIS'’ " T IND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS.

APPLICATION IS NOW OPEN TO INDIVIDUALS AND TO DISTRICT BODIES

WHO MAY NOMINATE UP TO FOUR PARTICIPANTS FOR I HE MOCK MAY BE TEACHERS, STUDENTS. SOCIAL WORKERS OR OTHERS WHO

DISTRICT.

MEETING. THEY

WORK IN THE

SHAM SHUI PO

SUB-OFFICES.

DISTRICT

APPLICATION FORMS CAN NOW BE OBTAINED FROM THE LISTRIOT OFFICE AT 37 TONKIN STREET AND FROM ITS COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED BEFORE OCTOBER 13.

AS THE NUMBER OF PLACES AT THE MOCK MEETING IS LIMITED IC , A SELECTION OF PARTICIPANTS MAY BE MADE. A BRIEFING WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 30 FOR THE CHOSEN PARTICIPANTS.

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DURING THE NOCK MEETING, PARTICIPANTS WILL PLAY THE ROLE OF BOARD MEMBERS. WHILE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS WILL BE PRESENT TO ANSWER. THEIR QUERIES.

DISTRICT BOARD PAPERS ON TOPICAL ISSUES WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO PARTICIPANTS TO FACILITATE DISCUSSION.

VETERAN DISTRICT BOARD MEMBERS WILL GIVE THEIR COMMENTS AT A REVIEW SESSION AFTER THE MOCK MEETING.

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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE STUDIES IN DECEMBER * ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ *

THE INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD ITS FIFTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON LANGUAGE STUDIES AND LANGUAGE TEACHER EDUCATION AT THE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE IN WAN CHAI FROM DECEMBER 13 TO 15 THIS YEAR.

THIS FIFTH CONFERENCE HAS BEEN GIVEN THE BRIEF TITLE OF "LULTAC 189”, WHICH IS TAKEN FROM THE THEME ’’LANGUAGE USE, LANGUAGE TEACHING AND THE CURRICULUM”.

THE ISSUES THE CONFERENCE WILL ADDRESS ARE OF MAJOR CONCERN TO HONG KC IG PEOPLE IN THE CURRENT SITUATION WHERE THERE IS GREAT PUBLIC INTEREST IN THE ROLE AND FUNCTION OF LANGUAGES, IN PARTICULAR THE USE OF CHINESE AND ENGLISH IN THE FIELDS OF EDUCATION, INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE.

THE CONFERENCE WILL RE-EXPLORE LANGAUGE TEACHING CONCERNS WITHIN A CONTEXT OF NEW INSIGHTS INTO LANGUAGE USE AND LANGUAGE LEARNING.

IT WILL RE-APPRAISE THE COMPONENTS OF LANGUAGE LEARNING AND TEACHING IN RELATION TO LANGUAGE PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT, AND WILL RE-EXAMINE THE PLACE OF LITERATURE IN LANGUAGE EDUCATION.

IT WILL ALSO ENCOURAGE THE SHARING OF, AND DISCUSSION ON, THE DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF CURRICULUM INITIATIVES, MANAGEMENT OF CHANGES IN THE CURRICULUM AND RESEARCH FINDINGS ON CURRICULUM INNOVATIONS.

A TOTAL OF 130 PAPERS WILL BE PRESENTED IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE BY WORLD EXPERTS IN THE FIELD.

THE CONFERENCE WILL BE INTRODUCING THIS YEAR, FOR THE FIRST TIME, THREE PANEL DISCUSSIONS TO MAKE THE OCCASION A PRIME ONE FOR ACADEMICS AND PRACTITIONERS DIRECTLY INVOLVED IN LANGUAGE AND EDUCATION, AS WELL AS FOR MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY WHO ARE INTERESTED IN LANGUAGE EDUCATION, ITS PRESENT AND ITS FUTURE.

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THE FIRST PANEL DISCUSSION WILL BE DEVOTED TO LANGUAGE PLANNING, THE SECOND WILL FOCUS ON LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE AND THE THIRD WILL CENTRE ON THE THEME OF THE CONFERENCE.

THE CONFERENCE WILL BE ATTENDED BY SOME OF THE WORLD’S LEADING SPECIALISTS IN THE FIELD OF LANGUAGE LEARNING AND TEACHING.

THEY INCLUDE PROFESSOR JOAN RUBIN OF THF UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, USA, PROFESSOR THEODORE ROGERS OF TH! UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII, USA, PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER CANDLIN OF MACQUARIC UNIVERSITY, AUSTRALIA, PROFESSOR JOHN SINCLAIR OF THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM, UK, PROFESSOR BJORIN JERNUDD OF THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE, PROFESSOR LI YING-CHE OF THE UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII, USA, PROFESSOR LIN TAO OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY, CHINA, PROFESSOR XU SI-Y1 OF XIN JIANG UNIVERSITY, CHINA, AND MANY OTHER LEADING FIGURES IN LANGUAGE AND LANGUAGE EDUCATION FROM DIFFERENT PLACES BESIDES HONG KONG.

THE THEME OF THE CONFERENCE HAS SO FAR ATTRACTED A VERY GOOD RESPONSE FROM LOCAL AND OVERSEAS INSTITUTES AND COMPANIES.

SOME OF THE KEY MEMBERS OF HONG KONG LANGUAGE CAMPAIGN HAVE EXPRESSED CONSIDERABLE INTEREST AND WILL BE SENDING REPRESENTATIVES.

ENROLMENT HAS BEEN MOST SATISFACTORY AND THERE ARE ONLY 80 PLACES LEFT. MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WHO WISH TO ATTEND THE CONFERENCE SHOULD ENROL NOW, FOR THERE WILL BE NO ON-SITE ENROLMENT.

THE REGISTRATION FEE FOR THE CONFERENCE WILL COVER ATTENDANCE AT THE CONFERENCE, LUNCHES AND COFFEE ON THE THREE DAYS OF THE CONFERENCE, ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS IN THE CONFERENCE AND TWO BOUND VOLUMES OF CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE.

SPECIAL ARRANGEMENTS HAVE BEEN MADE FOR REGISTERED TEACHERS IN GOVERNMENT AND AIDED SCHOOLS TO RECEIVE A PARTIAL REFUND OF THEIR REGISTRATION FEES.

FURTHER DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION ON THE 21ST FLOOR, PARK-IN COMMERCIAL CENTRE, 56 DUNDAS STREET, MONG KOK, KOWLOON, AND ON TELEPHONE NO. 3 7719418. ENROLMENT IN PERSON CAN BE MADE AT THE INSTITUTE OF LANGUAGE IN EDUCATION.

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RECREATIONAL AREAS FOR MONG KOK AND SAI KUNG * ♦ * ♦ ♦

OPEN SPACE RESIDENTS

WORK ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF A PLAYGROUND AND AN WILL START SOON TO PROVIDE MORE RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR IN MONG KOK AND SAI KUNG RESPECTIVELY.

THE PLAYGROUND IN MONG KOK, WITH A SITE AREA OF ABOUT 2,070 SQUARE METRES, IS TO BE BUILT AT THE JUNCTION OF MONG KOK ROAD AND

SHANGHAI STREET.

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IT WILL PROVIDE SITTING-OUT SPACE, LANDSCAPED AREAS AND CHILDREN’S AND TODDLERS’ PLAY AREAS.

WORK IS EXPECTED TO START IN NOVEMBER AND BE COMPLETED IN SEPTEMBER NEXT YEAR.

THE OPEN SPACE IN SAI KUNG, WITH A TOTAL AREA OF ABOUT 7,500 SQUARE METRES, WILL BE BUILT AT WAI MAN ROAD.

THE FACILITIES THERE WILL INCLUDE A SITTING-OUT PAVILION, A CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND, FOUNTAIN POOL FEATURES, PLANTERS AND SOFT LANDSCAPING.

WORK WILL START IN DECEMBER AND TAKE ABOUT 10 MONTHS TO COMPLETE.

THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE TWO PROJECTS. FORMS OF TENDERS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DEPARTMENT ON THE 34TH FLOOR, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 66 QUEENSWAY, HONG KONG.

TENDERS MUST BE PLACED IN THE TENDER BOX AT THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT ON THE LOWER GROUND FLOOR, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (EAST WING), LOWER ALBERT ROAD, HONG KONG, BEFORE NOON ON OCTOBER 13.

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WATER STORAGE FIGURE ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

STORAGE IN HONG KONG'S RESERVOIRS AT 9 AM TODAY (MONDAY) STOOD AT 66.3 PER CENT OF CAPACITY OR 388.472 MILLION CUBIC METRES.

THIS TIME LAST YEAR THE RESERVOIRS CONTAINED 263.263 MILLION CUBIC METRES OF WATER, REPRESENTING 44.9 PER CENT OF CAPACITY.

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NIGHT CLOSURE OF CASTLE PEAK ROAD (SAN HUI) ♦ * ♦ ♦ *

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT SOUTHBOUND ON CAST™P™ ROAD .SAN HUI > «!LL BB JUNCTION WITH PU TEI ROUNDABOUT FROM 1.30 AM TO 5.30 AM

TRAFFIC ROAD’S TUESDAY

THE ON

AND WEDNESDAY (SEPTEMBER 26 AND 27).

THE MEASURE IS TO FACILITATE ACROSS CASTLE PEAK ROAD (SAN HUI).

THE CONSTRUCTION OF

DURING THE CLOSURE, MOTORISTS (LAM TEI) SOUTHBOUND HEADING FOR KOWLOON

TRAVELLING ON CASTLE

ARE ADVISED TO

A FLYOVER

PEAK ROAD

DRIVE VIA

ROAD D9.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO,

SEPTEMBER SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES, PAYROLL BEGINS ... 1

GOVT PLAYS ACTIVE PART IN BOOSTING THE ECONOMY ............... 2

KWEI TO SUCCEED BEATON AS DIRECTOR OF HIGHWAYS ............... 3

DB TO DISCUSS VBP ISSUE.......................................

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS EMPLOYMENT OF VR'S ................... 5

CALLIGRAPHY COMPETITION IN WONG TAI SIN ...................... 5

ESSAY COMPETITION TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION ................. 6

MORE TIME TO ENTRY FOR TOLO HARBOUR SWIM...................... 6

NO NEW AIDS CASES IN AUGUST................................... 7

SCHOOLS TO COMPETE IN MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD ................... 9

COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIPS FOR POST-GRADUATE STUDIES .......... 9

MOST IMPROVED STUDENTS AWARD SCHEME INTRODUCED ............... 10

CONSTRUCTION OF TSEUNG KWAN 0 DISTRICT POLICE HEADQUARTERS .. 11

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1989

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SEPTEMBER SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES, PAYROLL BEGINS

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THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT HAS STARTED TO CONDUCT THE SEPTEMBER 1989 ROUND OF THE SURVEY OF EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL IN MAJOR SECTORS OF THE ECONOMY TO COLLECT INFORMATION ON EMPLOYMENT, VACANCIES AND PAYROLL IN RESPECT OF THE THIRD QUARTER OF 1989.

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 WHICH ARE DRAWN FROM VARIOUS SECTORS.

THESE INCLUDE THE INDUSTRIAL SECTOR (MINING AND QUARRYING; MANUFACTURING: ELECTRICITY AND GAS), THE DISTRIBUTIVE TRADES SECTOR (WHOLESALE, RETAIL, IMPORT AND EXPORT TRADES, RESTAURANTS AND HOTELS), AND THE SERVICES SECTOR (TRANSPORT, STORAGE AND COMMUNICATION; FINANCING, INSURANCE, REAL ESTATE AND BUSINESS SERVICES; COMMUNITY, SOCIAL AND PERSONAL SERVICES). INFORMATION ON NUMBER OF PERSONS ENGAGED AND EXISTING VACANCIES ON SEPTEMBER 29, 1989 WILL BE SOUGHT FROM EACH SELECTED ESTABLISHMENT.

SOME 10,000 ESTABLISHMENTS ARE RANDOMLY SELECTED FROM THIS SAMPLE TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON PAYROLL IN EACH OF THE THREE MONTHS DURING THE REFERENCE PERIOD OF JULY-SEPTEMBER 1989.

QUESTIONNAIRES ARE BEING MAILED TO INDIVIDUAL SAMPLE ESTABLISHMENTS. TN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS ORDER 1982 (LEGAL NOTICE NO. 69 OF 1982, GAZETTED ON MARCH 5, 1982), ESTABLISHMENTS RECEIVING QUESTIONNAIRES ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE AND RETURN THEM TO THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT WITHIN THE SPECIFIED PERIOD.

SHOULD RESPONDENTS FIND DIFFICULTIES IN COMPLETING THE FORMS, THEY ARE WELCOME TO TELEPHONE THE DEPARTMENT FOR ASSISTANCE ON 5-8235076.

AS FOR THOSE ESTABLISHMENTS KNOWN TO THE DEPARTMENT DURING JULY-SEPTEMBER 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 DATE ON WHICH BUSINESS COMMENCED.

IN CASE OF ANY ENQUIRIES REGARDING THESE FIELD VISITS, THE DEPARTMENT MAY BE CONTACTED FOR ASSISTANCE ON 5-8234770.

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GOVT PLAYS ACTIVE PART

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APART FROM ITS EFFORTS IN STRIVING TO MAINTAIN HONG KONG’S STABILITY AND PROSPERITY THE GOVERNMENT IS ALSO PLAYING AN ACTIVE PART IN HELPING TO BOOST THE LOCAL ECONOMY, THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR JOHN CHAN, SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE COURVOISIER AWARDS FOR BUSINESS EXCELLENCE LUNCH FORUM, MR CHAN SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS CONCENTRATING ITS EFFORTS IN PROMOTING HIGH TECHNOLOGY AND TOP QUALITY PRODUCTS IN LINE WITH THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE MANUFACTURING SECTOR.

HE SAID HONG KONG PRODUCTS WERE BECOMING MORE SOPHISTICATED AND COMPLICATED, AND THE DESIGN AND MATERIAL WERE BEING CONSTANTLY IMPROVED.

"MANUFACTURING PROCESSES CONTINUE TO MOVE TOWARDS MECHANISATION AND AUTOMATION AND MANUFACTURERS NOW ATTACH GREATER IMPORTANCE TO RESEARCH AND PRODUCT IMPROVEMENT.

"THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL, INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT, TRADE DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG QUALITY ASSURANCE AGENCY TO BE SET UP SOON ARE SPARING NO EFFORT IN THESE AREAS," HE SAID.

FOR THE PUBLISHING, CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT SECTORS, MR CHAN ADDED, THE TRADE AND INDUSTRY BRANCH WAS NOW FORMULATING POLICIES TO PROTECT INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHT, TRADEMARKS OF THE SERVICES SECTORS AND THE INTERESTS OF CONSUMERS.

"AS REGARDS THE OPENING UP OF OVERSEAS MARKETS AND TRADE PROMOTION, THE GOVERNMENT IS WORKING HARD TO BUILD UP A SOUND INDUSTRIAL AND COMMERCIAL SYSTEM AND TO PROVIDE ADEQUATE INFRASTRUCTURE SUCH AS PORT AND TRANSPORT FACILITIES AND WAREHOUSES TO KEEP PACE WITH THE RAPID STRIDES MADE IN THIS RESPECT." HE SAID.

"IN THE COMING FEW YEARS, THE GOVERNMENT WILL MAKE LARGE-SCALE LONG-TERM INVESTMENTS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND IMPROVEMENT OF OUR INFRASTRUCTURE," HE ADDED.

IN RESPECT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT, MR CHAN SAID THE GOVERNMENT WAS MAKING EVERY EFFORT TO HELP LOCAL MANUFACTURERS IN THE PRODUCTION OF HIGH-TECHNOLOGY AND NEW PRODUCTS TO ENHANCE THEIR COMPETITIVENESS.

MR CHAN SAID HONG KONG WAS NOW ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING AND PLAYING AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN THE GATT URUGUAY ROUND OF TRADE NEGOTIATIONS WHICH, HE HOPED, WOULD BE CONDUCIVE TO A MORE LIBERAL AND REGULAR FRAMEWORK FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE.

"AT THE SAME TIME. HONG KONG IS FACED WITH THE THREATS OF A NEW KIND OF PROTECTIONISM -- ANTI-DUMPING CHARGES.

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"THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT WILL JOIN FORCES WITH INDUSTRIALISTS TO COUNTER ALL UNFAIR CHARGES.

"IN SHORT, WE WILL, AS ALWAYS, LEAVE NO STONE UNTURNED TO STRIVE FOR MORE AND BETTER OPPORTUNITIES FOR HONG KONG BUSINESSMEN," HE SAID.

TURNING TO FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO HONG KONG’S ECONOMIC CONDITIONS, MR CHAN SAID IT WAS COMFORTING TO NOTE THAT THE IMPACT OF THE PEKING INCIDENT ON HONG KONG’S ECONOMY HAD NOT BEEN AS SERIOUS AS INITIALLY EXPECTED.

"BUT OBVIOUSLY SOME INDUSTRIES ARE RATHER HARD-HIT; THE TOURIST INDUSTRY HAS NOT BEEN DOING WELL LATELY, AND MANY INVESTORS HAVE ADOPTED A CAUTIOUS, WAIT-AND-SEE ATTITUDE," HE SAID.

MR CHAN SAID HONG KONG'S ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE WAS EASILY AFFECTED BY EXTERNAL CIRCUMSTANCES BECAUSE OF OUR GEOGRAPHICAL POSITION, THE FREE-TRADE POLICY THAT WE UPHELD AND OUR RELIANCE ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE.

"THE INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL CLIMATE, DIPLOMATIC OPINIONS AND THE OVERALL GLOBAL ECONOMIC CONDITION WILL AFFECT OUR ECONOMY DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY," HE SAID.

MR CHAN POINTED OUT THAT HONG KONG PEOPLE. ESPECIALLY LOCAL INDUSTRIALISTS AND BUSINESSMEN, WERE CAPABLE OF MEETING THESE CHALLENGES AS THEY HAD SUCCESSFULLY OVERCOME DIFFERENT TRIALS IN THE PAST.

"THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT RECOGNISES THAT PROMOTING HONG KONG’S TRADE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IS OF VITAL IMPORTANCE TO THE TERRITORY’S FUTURE.

"FOR THIS REASON, WE WILL CONTINUE, AS BEFORE, TO WORK FOR A CONGENIAL INVESTMENT ENVIRONMENT AND INFRASTRUCTURE IN A BID TO HELP AND SUPPORT THE DEVELOPMENT OF HONG KONG’S ECONOMY AND TRADE," HE SAID.

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KWEI TO SUCCEED BEATON AS DIRECTOR OF HIGHWAYS » * * » »

THE GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCED TODAY (TUESDAY) THAT MR HAROLD BEATON, DIRECTOR OF HIGHWAYS WILL RETIRE ON OCTOBER 18. MR KWEI SEE-KAN, PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT ENGINEER, WILL SUCCEED MR BEATON AS DIRECTOR OF HIGHWAYS.

BRIEF BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES ON THE TWO OFFICERS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

/MR HAROLD ......

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1989

MR HAROLD BEATON, ISO, JP

AGED 59. MR BEATON JOINED THE HONG KONG CIVIL SERVICE AS AN ENGINEER IN THE THEN PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IN 1960. HE WAS PROMOTED TO GOVERNMENT ENGINEER IN 1978 AND TO PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT ENGINEER IN 1981.

UPON THE RE-ORGANISATION OF THE LANDS AND WORKS GROUP OF DEPARTMENTS, HE WAS APPOINTED AS THE FIRST DIRECTOR OF HIGHWAYS IN 1986.

ON HIS RETIREMENT, MR BEATON WILL HAVE COMPLETED 29 YEARS OF SERVICE WITH THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT.

MR KWEI SEE-KAN

AGED 55. MR KWEI JOINED THE HONG KONG CIVIL SERVICE AS AN APPRENTICE ENGINEER IN THE THEN PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT IN 1957. HE WAS PROMOTED TO GOVERNMENT ENGINEER IN 1980 AND TO PRINCIPAL GOVERNMENT ENGINEER IN DECEMBER 1982.

MR KWEI IS THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF HIGHWAYS AND HAS ACTED AS DIRECTOR OF HIGHWAYS ON PREVIOUS OCCASIONS.

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DB TO DISCUSS VBP ISSUE * * *

THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD WILL DISCUSS THE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE ISSUE AT ITS MEETING ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 28) .

THE MEETING WILL ALSO CONSIDER A REPORT ON A DRAFT BASIC LAW OPINION SURVEY CONDUCTED EARLIER THIS YEAR.

A QUESTION ON THE PROGRESS OF THE BELCHER’S BAY RECLAMATION IS EXPECTED TO BE RAISED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BOARD MEETING WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 3 PM ON THURSDAY (SEPTEMBER 28) IN ROOM 1416, HARBOUR BUILDING, 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS EMPLOYMENT OF VR'S ♦ * t t »

THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS THE IMPACT OF EMPLOYING VIETNAMESE REFUGEES IN THE DISTRICT AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY).

A PAPER ON THE MATTER PREPARED BY A MEMBER IN RESPONSE TO A WRITTEN COMPLAINT REQUESTED GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES TO BRIEF THE COMMITTEE ON PLANS TO SAFEGUARD LOCAL JOB OPPORTUNITIES.

THE COMMITTEE WILL ALSO CONSIDER AN APPLICATION FOR FUNDS FOR ORGANISING A CAMP FOR COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL SUPERVISORS.

A REPORT ON THE LATEST FIGURES ON THE SALE AND OCCUPANCY SITUATION OF FLATTED FACTORY UNITS IN THE DISTRICT WILL BE TABLED.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE TUEN MUN DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY COMMITTEE TO BE HELD 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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CALLIGRAPHY COMPETITION IN WONG TAI SIN » » » t *

RESIDENTS AND STUDENTS IN WONG TAI SIN ARE INVITED TO TAKE PART IN A CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY COMPETITION TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH.

THE COMPETITION IS BEING JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE 1989 WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT FESTIVAL ORGANISING COMMITTEE AND THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT ARTS COUNCIL. WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD, AS A PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITY OF THE DISTRICT FESTIVAL.

THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO THREE SECTIONS — PRIMARY STUDENTS, SECONDARY STUDENTS AND OPEN, AND THERE WILL BE EIGHT AWARDS FOR EACH SECTION.

IT WILL BE HELD IN THE MORNING OF OCTOBER 22 (SUNDAY) AT THE LOK SIN TONG WONG CHUNG MING SECONDARY SCHOOL, 161 LOK SIN ROAD.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS OCTOBER 6.

ENTRY FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE WONG TAI SIN ARTS COUNCIL, 2 LUNG HING HOUSE, GROUND FLOOR, LOWER WONG TAI SIN ESTATE, AND THE WONG TAI SIN DISTRICT OFFICE AND ITS SUB-OFFICES.

TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE ON 3-222261, EXT. 361.

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ESSAY COMPETITION TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION

A DISTRICT-WIDE ESSAY COMPETITION WILL BE HELD IN SHAM SHUI PO TO PROMOTE CIVIC EDUCATION AND RESIDENTS’ PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITYBUILDING ACTIVITIES.

THE COMPETITION HAS BEEN ORGANISED BY THE DISTRICT'S COMMITTEE ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION WITH THE AIM OF CULTIVATING IN YOUNG PEOPLE AN AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING POLITE SO AS TO BUILD A MORE HARMONIOUS COMMUNITY. IT IS SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD.

HAVING COURTESY AS ITS THEME. THE COMPETITION IS DIVIDED INTO FOUR SECTIONS - PRIMARY, JUNIOR SECONDARY, SENIOR SECONDARY, AND OPEN. ALL PEOPLE WHO LIVE, WORK OR STUDY IN THE DISTRICT ARE WELCOME TO JOIN.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT OFFICE AT 37 TONKIN STREET AND ITS SUB-OFFICES. COMPLETED FORMS WITH ENTRIES SHOULD BE SUBMITTED TO THE ABOVE OFFICES BEFORE OCTOBER 31.

THERE IS NO RESTRICTION ON THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES THAT EACH PARTICIPANT MAY SUBMIT. TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE ON 3-7295334.

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MORE TIME TO ENTRY FOR TOLO HARBOUR SWIM t » * » »

THE ENTRY DEADLINE FOR THE 22ND CROSS TOLO HARBOUR SWIM HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 7.

THE ANNUAL EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE ON OCTOBER 29 (SUNDAY! AT 10 AM.

THE 2,400-METRE RACE, WHICH IS OPEN TO SWIMMERS AGED 12 OR ABOVE, WILL BE FROM SHUEN WAN TO TAI MEI TUK.

TROPHIES WILL BE AWARDED TO THE FIRST 10 SWIMMERS IN THE MEN’S AND THE WOMEN’S SECTIONS. THOSE WHO COMPLETE THE FULL COURSE WITHIN 90 MINUTES WILL RECEIVE COMMEMORATIVE CERTIFICATES.

THE CROSS-HARBOUR SWIM IS ORGANISED BY THE TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION AND CO-SPONSORED BY TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD AND A BREWERY.

APPLICATION FORMS ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT ALL DISTRICT OFFICES AND OFFICES OF THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT.

/THEY ARE .......

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER ?£, ^989

THEY ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT THE TAI PO RURAL COMMITTEE; THE TAI PO SPORTS ASSOCIATION AT LI FOOK LAM INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE, ON CHEUNG ROAD; AND THE TAI PO JOCKEY CLUB SWIMMING POOL IN ON PONG ROAD.

COMPLETED APPLICATION FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE LI FOOK LAM INDOOR SPORTS CENTRE EITHER BY POST OR IN PERSON BY OCTOBER 7.

TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES MAY BE MADE ON 0-6568661.

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NO NEW AIDS CASES IN AUGUST ♦ * * * *

THE TOTAL NUMBER OF AIDS (ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROME) CASES IN HONG KONG REMAINED AT 25 TO DATE, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

RELEASING THE MONTHLY STATISTICS ON THE AIDS SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMME, THE SPOKESMAN SAID DURING THE MONTH OF AUGUST, THREE MORE PERSONS, ALL MEN, WERE FOUND TO BE POSITIVE FOR THE HIV ANTIBODY TEST, BRINGING THE TOTAL NUMBER TO 155.

OF THE 155 CARRIERS, 55 WERE HAEMOPHILIACS, ONE WAS AN INTRAVENOUS DRUG ABUSER, 15 WERE PEOPLE WHO ATTENDED SOCIAL HYGIENE CLINICS, 49 WERE PATIENTS FROM GOVERNMENT HOSPITALS AND CLINICS AND 35 WERE REFERRALS FROM PRIVATE DOCTORS AND SUBVERTED ORGANISATIONS.

UNDER THE AIDS SURVEILLANCE PROGRAMME STARTED BY THE FORMER MEDICAL AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT IN 1985, A TOTAL OF 137,333 BLOOD SPECIMENS HAD BEEN TESTED FOR THE AIDS VIRUS.

MEANWHILE, THE HONG KONG RED CROSS BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE HAS ALSO BEEN SCREENING ALL BLOOD DONORS FOR AIDS.

UP TO AUGUST, A TOTAL OF 606,971 UNITS OF BLOOD HAD BEEN TESTED AND NINE WERE FOUND POSITIVE.

/AIDS VIRUS

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AIDS Virus (HIV) Antibody Testing

Department of Health

W7^

Virus Unit

r Referrals from Govt« hospitals and clinics Apr 85 -July 89 August_82 No. No. No. No. tested* 4-ve tested* *v* 8 682 U7 200 2 Total No. No. tested* +ve 8 882 U9

Referrals from private practitioners and 1 777 subvented hospitals 10 1 1 787 35

UM Attendances at social hygiene clinics 119 M29 15 2 «56 0 121 885 15

AAA Haemophiliacs 382 55 5 0 387 55

& «| IV drug abusers 3 563 1 75 0 3 638 1

MW Referrals from Family Planning Association •s 175 0 9 0 18U 0

O 0^3 Health care personnel 565 0 5 0 570 0

TOTAL 573 152 H 4 . A '? a. It , •This indicates the number of specimens repeated for certain Individuals 'J- A IL Aug 85 - July 89 2 760 3 fl 1 £ 7 *1 A. and not persons August 89 137 333 155 < t fa i as tests are Tota 1

No. tested No. ♦ve No. tested No. ♦ve No. tested No.

4 ife ik. 1 i- $ to a Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service 593 711 9 13 260 0 606 971 9

Department of Health September 1989 — — — - 0 - - - - /9

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SCHOOLS TO COMPETE IN MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD * * * * ♦

SECONDARY SCHOOLS ARE BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE ANNUAL HONG KONG MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD WHICH WILL BEGIN IN DECEMBER.

SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN MATHEMATICS ' WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO TEST THEIR TALENT WITHOUT USING CALCULATORS OR FOUR-FIGURE TABLES IN THE COMPETITION.

THE HONG KONG MATHEMATICS OLYMPIAD, BEING HELD FOR THE SEVENTH YEAR, IS JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE MATHEMATICS SECTION OF THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT, AND THE MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT OF THE NORTHCOTE COLLEGE OF EDUCATION.

PRELIMINARY EVENTS WILL BE HELD ON A SATURDAY MORNING IN DECEMBER AND THE FINALS WILL TAKE PLACE IN JANUARY NEXT YEAR.

SECONDARY SCHOOL HEADS INTERESTED IN ENTERING A TEAM ARE ADVISED TO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS TO THE MATHEMATICS SECTION OF THE ADVISORY INSPECTORATE AT LEE GARDENS, HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

ENTRY IS RESTRICTED TO ONE TEAM FROM EACH SCHOOL. EACH TEAM WILL COMPRISE FOUR TO SIX MEMBERS WHO MUST BE IN FORM 4 OR BELOW. THE TOP 40 TEAMS IN THE PRELIMINARY EVENTS WILL GO THROUGH TO THE FINALS.

THE TEACHER-IN-CHARGE OF A SCHOOL TEAM MAY BE INVITED TO SERVE ON THE OLYMPIAD ORGANISING COMMITTEE.

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COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIPS FOR POST-GRADUATE STUDIES

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SEVEN COMMONWEALTH COUNTRIES ARE OFFERING A NUMBER OF SCHOLARSHIPS UNDER THE COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP PLAN TO HONG KONG RESIDENTS FOR POST-GRADUATE STUDY OR RESEARCH AT UNIVERSITIES.

THE SCHOLARSHIPS WERE INTENDED FOR PERSONS OF HIGH INTELLECTUAL PROMISE WHO MIGHT BE EXPECTED TO MAKE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO LIFE HERE ON THEIR RETURN FROM STUDY ABROAD, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (TUESDAY).

"THEY ARE PRIMARILY AVAILABLE FOR POST-GRADUATE STUDY RESEARCH AT UNIVERSITIES NORMALLY LASTING FOR TWO ACADEMIC YEARS," SAID.

OR

HE

/THE SCHOLARSHIPS

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THE SCHOLARSHIPS ARE OFFERED BY THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE UNITED KINGDOM. CANADA. NEW ZEALAND, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO, JAMAICA, NIGERIA AND SIERRA LEONE.

APPLICANTS MUST BE HONG KONG CITIZENS AND AGED BETWEEN 28 AND 35 AT THE TIME THE SCHOLARSHIP COMMENCES.

THEY SHOULD BE GRADUATES OF RECOGNISED UNIVERSITIES OR HOLDERS OF EQUIVALENT QUALIFICATIONS.

CANDIDATES WHO ARE RECOMMENDED FOR THE AWARDS MUST SATISFY CERTAIN LANGUAGE. HEALTH AND IMMIGRATION REQUIREMENTS.

APPLICATION FORMS AND OTHER PARTICULARS ARE OBTAINABLE FROM THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT AT LEE GARDENS. FIFTH FLOOR. 33-37 HYSAN AVENUE, CAUSEWAY BAY.

COMPLETED FORMS SHOULD BE RETURNED TO THE SAME OFFICE NOT LATER THAN SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 30).

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THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS INTRODUCED AN ANNUAL AWARD SCHEME TO ENCOURAGE JUNIOR SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS TO WORK HARD AND SHOW PERSEVERANCE IN THEIR STUDIES.

ALL SECONDARY SCHOOLS, INCLUDING GOVERNMENT, AIDED, PRIVATE AND SPECIAL SCHOOLS, ARE BEING INVITED TO TAKE PART IN THE SING TAO MOST IMPROVED STUDENTS AWARD SCHEME WHICH IS SPONSORED BY THE SING TAO FOUNDATION.

AWARDS OF S300 FOR PURCHASING BOOKS, STATIONERY, SPORTSWEAR AND EQUIPMENT, OR OTHER EDUCATIONALLY-RELATED ITEMS WILL BE OFFERED TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE ATTAINED THE BEST ALL-ROUND IMPROVEMENT ON COMPLETION OF SECONDARY 2 OR 3 IN A PARTICIPATING SCHOOL.

THE NUMBER OF AWARDS WILL BE LIMITED TO TWO FOR EACH PARTICIPATING SCHOOL - ONE FOR A STUDENT WHO HAS COMPLETED SECONDARY 2 AND THE OTHER FOR A STUDENT WHO HAS COMPLETED SECONDARY 3.

THE SCHEME WILL BE CENTRALLY ADMINISTERED BY THE OVERSEAS STUDENTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS SECTION OF THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SING TAO FOUNDATION.

AWARD RECIPIENTS WILL BE SELECTED BY THE HEADS OF THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS IN CONSULTATION WITH THEIR TEACHERS.

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SCHOOLS ARE ADVISED THAT THE AWARDS SHOULD BE GIVEN TO THE STUDENTS WHO HAVE SCORED THE HIGHEST INCREASE IN OVERALL AVERAGE MARKS AT THE END OF THE YEAR COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS YEAR WHEN THE STUDENTS WERE IN A LOWER FORM.

FOR THE FIRST YEAR’S AWARDS, THE OVERALL AVERAGE MARKS OF A CANDIDATE AT THE END OF THE 1988-89 SCHOOL YEAR SHOULD BE COMPARED WITH THOSE OF THE 1987-88 SCHOOL YEAR.

IN ADDITION, A CANDIDATE’S CONDUCT AND ENTHUSIASM IN PARTICIPATING IN EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES SHOULD ALSO BE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT.

REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SING TAO FOUNDATION AND THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION WILL OFFICIATE AT A CENTRALISED CEREMONY TO PRESENT AWARD CERTIFICATES TO THE AWARD RECIPIENTS FROM ALL THE PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS.

IN ORDER TO ENCOURAGE ALL STUDENTS TO IMPROVE THEIR WORK, PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS ARE ADVISED TO PUBLICISE THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE AWARD WINNERS AT AN OCCASION SUCH AS THE SCHOOL’S SPEECH DAY.

IN THE MEANTIME, SCHOOL HEADS, WHO AGREE WITH THE PHILOSOPHY OF THE SING TAO MOST IMPROVED STUDENTS AWARD SCHEME, ARE URGED TO START SIMILAR AWARDS IN THEIR SCHOOLS FOR OTHER FORMS OR FOR INDIVIDUAL SUBJECTS SHOULD THEY MANAGE TO ACQUIRE THE NECESSARY RESOURCES.

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CONSTRUCTION OF TSEUNG KWAN O DISTRICT ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

POLICE HEADQUARTERS

CONSTRUCTION OF THE DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS AND DIVISIONAL POLICE STATION IN TSEUNG KWAN 0 IS TO START IN DECEMBER.

TENDERS ARE NOW BEING INVITED BY THE ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT FOR THE PROJECT WHICH IS LOCATED AT AREA 21 IN TSEUNG KWAN 0.

THE PROJECT IS SCHEDULED FOR COMPLETION BY SEPTEMBER 1991.

IT WILL PROVIDE OFFICE ACCOMMODATION. PUBLIC REPORTING FACILITIES. CELL BLOCK. BARRACK ACCOMMODATION. CANTEEN AND MESS FACILITIES AND ANCILLARY ACCOMMODATION FOR THE DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS AND DIVISIONAL POLICE STATION.

TENDERS MUST BE SUBMITTED BEFORE NOON ON OCTOBER 13.

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

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

EMPHASIS ON TWO SYSTEMS IMPORTANT: GOVERNOR ................ 1

TATE'S CAIRN TUNNEL AHEAD OF SCHEDULE ...................... 2

NON-VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION THE LOGICAL OUTCOME: S FOR S ... 3

HK FACILITATING CHINA'S OPEN DOOR POLICIES: SES ............ 5

PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR APGUST RELEASED .............. 7

TANG SHIU KIN HOSPITAL EXTENSION OPENS ..................... 10

REHABILITATION SERVICES FOR DISABLED EXPANDED .............. 11

NEW GAS SAFETY LAW IN PIPELINE.............................. 13

LABOUR RELATIONS COURSES WELL-RECEIVED ..................... 14

FEWER INCIDENTS OF DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR IN SCHOOLS ......... 14

CHAIRMEN OF TAI PO DB COMMITTEES ELECTED ................... 16

DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS NOISE REDUCTION PROPOSAL ........... 17

BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINAR FOR MID-LEVEIS RESIDENTS ....... 17

THREE SNAKE SPECIES MAY BE LISTED AS ENDANGERED............. 18

TWO GOVT LOTS IN NT TO LET BY TENDER........................ 19

ILLEGAL STRUCTURE IN HUNG HOM TO BE CLOSED ................. 19

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CENTRAL, WESTERN ................... 20

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN KWUN TONG ........................... 20

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THE EMPHASIS ON THE TWO SYSTEMS IDEA IS A VERY IMPORTANT THING FOR HONG KONG. THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON. SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SIR DAVID MADE THE REMARKS WHEN ASKED IF HE THOUGHT THE SPEECH YESTERDAY BY THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY GENERAL SECRETARY. MR JIANG ZEMIN. WOULD HELP RESTORE HONG KONG PEOPLE’S CONFIDENCE IN THE FUTURE.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER OFFICIATING AT THE BREAKTHROUGH CEREMONY OF THE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL, THE GOVERNOR SAID ALTHOUGH HE HAD NOT READ THE TRANSCRIPT OF THE SPEECH. HE HAD NOTICED THAT MR JIANG MADE A NUMBER OF POINTS. ONE OF WHICH WAS THE EMPHASIS ON THE TWO SYSTEMS IDEA.

"WE HAVE OUR OWN SYSTEM. WE HAVE OUR OWN FREEDOMS. OUR OWN LAWS WHICH ARE VERY IMPORTANT TO US." HL SAID.

"THAT'S WHAT I THINK MOST PEOPLE IN HONG KONG WOULD LIKE TO SEE. BOTH OUR FREEDOMS AND THOSE FREEDOMS USED WITH A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY." SIR DAVID SAID.

ASKED WHAT HE THOUGHT OF MR JIANG'S WARNING THAT HONG KONG MIGHT BE A BASE FOR ANTI-COMMUN1 ST AND ANTI-CHINESE ACTIVITIES, THE GOVERNOR SAID: "WE HERE IN HONG KONG PRIZE AND ATTACH GREAT IMPORTANCE TO OUR OWN FREEDOMS UNDE).' OUR OWN LEGAL SYSTEM.'

"WE DON’T WISH. WE DON'T INTEND THAT HONG KONG SHOULD BE USED AS A BASE FOR SUBVERSION. WE DO INTEND THAT OUR OWN FREEDOMS SHOULD BE PRESERVED." SIR DAVID SAID.

TURNING TO THE TATE'S CAIRN TUNNEL PROJECT, THE GOVERNOR SAID THAT IN ADDITION TO THE PRIVATE SECTOR'S INVOLVEMENT IN THE PROJECT, IT SHOULD ALSO BE REMEMBERED THAT IT INVOLVED AN IMMENSE AMOUNT OF GOVERNMENT WORK OUTSIDE THE TUNNEL WORTH ABOUT S3.4 BILLION.

"SO THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF BOTH PRIVATE SECTOR AND GOVERNMENT CO-OPERATION. BUT ABOVE ALL IT SHOWS THE AMOUNT THAT WE ARE BUILDING THE INFRASTRUCTURE OF HONG KONG FOR THE FUTURE." SIR DAVID SAID.

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THE GOVERNOR. SIR DAVID WILSON. NOTED THAT THE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL. WHEN COMPLETED BY MID 1991, WOULD PROVIDE A FURTHER MUCH NEEDED LINK BETWEEN KOWLOON AND SHA TIN. AND THUS RELIEVE TRAFFIC CONGESTION IN THE PRESENT LION ROCK TUNNEL.

SIR DAVID TODAY (WEDNESDAY! OFFICIATED AT THE BREAKTHROUGH OF THE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL.

"THIS IS REMARKABLE PROGRESS," HE SAID, "THE CONTRACTORS ARE ALREADY TWO MONTHS AHEAD OF SCHEDULE ON THE $2 BILLION PROJECT."

THE TUNNEL, WHEN COMPLETED, WILL BE THE LONGEST ROAD TUNNEL IN HONG KONG AT A LENGTH OF 3.9 KILOMETRES.

THE GOVERNOR WAS BRIEFED IN DETAIL ON THE PROGRESS OF THE PROJECT, WHICH WAS A FULLY PRIVATISED ONE. THE FRANCHISE FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF THE TUNNEL WAS AWARDED LAST YEAR TO THE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL COMPANY. AN INTERNATIONAL CONSORTIUM FORMED BY JAPANESE, CHINESE, BRITISH AND LOCAL COMPANIES.

"THIS VENTURE EMPHASISES THE CONTINUED STRENGTH OF INVESTORS’ CONFIDENCE IN THE TERRITORY’S FUTURE," SIR DAVID SAID.

SIR DAVID NOTED THAT A NUMBER OF GOVERNMENT ROAD PROJECTS WOULD BE COMPLETED IN MID 1991 TO CATER FOR THE TRAFFIC GENERATED BY THE TUNNEL.

THESE PROJECTS. FORMING PART OF THE ROUTE 6, INCLUDED KWUN TONG BY-PASS PHASES II AND III (PHASE I BEING ALREADY OPENED TO TRAFFIC). THE PRINCE EDWARD ROAD INTERCHANGE, THE HAMMER HILL ROAD/LUNG CHEUNG ROAD INTERCHANGE, THE SHA TIN T5. T6 TRUNK ROADS AND THE BRIDGE OVER SHING MUN RIVFR NORTH OF THE RACE COURSE.

THE TATE’S CAIRN TUNNEL WOULD THUS FORM PART OF A NEW TRUNK ROUTE LINKING QUARRY BAY IN HONG KONG WITH MA ON SHAN IN SHA TIN VIA THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING AND THE KWUN TONG BY-PASS.

"AT A TOTAL COST OF $3.1 BILLION, THESE PROJECTS REFLECT ALSO THE GOVERNMENT’S CONTINUING COMMITMENT TO IMPROVE THE ROAD SYSTEM AND TO INVEST IN OUR TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE TO SUSTAIN HONG KONG’S SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC GROWTH IN THE FUTURE," THE GOVERNOR ADDED.

THE BREAKTHROUGH CEREMONY AT SHA TIN WAS ALSO ATTENDED BY THE SECRETARY FOR TRANSPORT, MR MICHAEL LEUNG: THE DIRECTOR OF HIGHWAYS, MR HAROLD BEATON; THE CONSUL GENERAL OF JAPAN, MR Y. SATO; AND THE PRESIDENT OF NISHIMATSU CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, MR T. SHIBATA.

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THE SECRETARY FOR SECURITY. MR GEOFFREY BARNES. TODAY (WEDNESDAY) STRESSED THAT NON-VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION WAS THE LOGICAL OUTCOME OF THE SCREENING PROCESS FOR THOSE VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE (VBP) WHO HAD BEEN CLASSIFIED AS NON-REFUGEES AND WHO DID NOT VOLUNTEER TO RETURN.

"FOR SUCH PEOPLE THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE TO REPATRIATION IS TO STAY INDEFINITELY IN CAMPS IN HONG KONG — AN OPTION AS INHUMANE AS IT IS IMPRACTICAL," HE SAID.

MR BARNES WAS GIVING A LUNCHEON TALK ON "VBP: THE SEARCH FOR A SOLUTION" TO THE BRITISH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE IN WHICH HE DISCUSSED THE VBP PROBLEM, THE BACKGROUND, THE FACTORS AFFECTING THE PROBLEM AND THE SOLUTIONS.

HE SAID: "WE BELIEVE THAT NON-VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION WILL NOT ONLY ACT AS THE ESSENTIAL DETERRENT WHICH HONG KONG NEEDS TO STOP ARRIVALS BUT WILL ALSO STIMULATE THOSE WHO ARE ALREADY HERE INTO VOLUNTEERING TO GO BACK TO VIETNAM.

"WE SEE NON-VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION AS BEING ENCOMPASSED BY THE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN OF ACTION (CPA) ENDORSED IN GENEVA AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH INTERNATIONAL PRACTICE.

"WE SEE THE RETURN OF NON-REFUGEES TO THEIR COUNTRY OF ORIGIN AS BEING IN THE SAME CATEGORY AS THE DEPORTATION OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE WORLD. THE ONLY DIFFERENCES BEING THAT WE WOULD ENSURE ARRANGEMENTS FOR REINTEGRATION ASSISTANCE, FOR MONITORING AFTER THEIR RETURN AND FOR ASSURANCES OF NON-PERSECUTION OF RETURNEES FROM THE VIETNAMESE AUTHORITIES.

"WE SEE NON-VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION AS BEING COMPLEMENTARY TO VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION. AND FOR BOTH MODES CONTINUING IN PARALLEL WITH EACH OTHER."

MR BARNES SAID VOLUNTARY REPATRIATION WAS ONE OF THE MAIN COMPONENTS OF THE CPA AND ITS ADVANTAGES WERE ITS ACCEPTABILITY AND FLEXIBILITY.

HOWEVER. HF POINTED OUT: "ITS DISADVANTAGES ARE THAT IT IS SLOW, IT IS NOT A DETERRENT AND. ON ITS OWN, WILL NEVER PROVIDE THE SOLUTION TO HONG KONG’S PROBLEM WITHIN THE SORT OF TIMEFRAME WHICH WOULD BE REALISTIC AND ACCEPTABLE FOR HONG KONG."

TURNING TO THE ABANDONMENT OF FIRST ASYLUM. MR BARNES NOTFD THAT IT WAS A COURSI OF ACTION SEEN BY MANY PEOPLE IN HONG KONG AS A SOLUTION TO THE VBP PROBLEM.

"IT IS. UNFORTUNATELY. A VIEW WHICH IS SELDOM ACCOMPANIED BY ANY REAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE IMPLICATIONS OF WHAT THE ABANDONMENT OF FIRST ASYLUM WOULD ACTUALLY' MEAN," HE SAID.

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"ABANDONING FIRST ASYLUM WOULD MEAN DIRECTING THE MAh'INE POLIC! AND THE ROYAL NAVY TO PREVENT VIETNAMESE BOATS. AND THEIR OCCUPANTS, FROM LANDING IN HONG KONG.

"THIS WOULD INVOLVE TOWING BOATS OUT TO SEA, WITH THE ATTENDANT POSSIBILITIES OF BOATS BEING SWAMPED, OR BEING SUNK BY THE OCCUPANTS, OR BOAT PEOPLE THROWING THEMSELVES INTO THE SEA.

"A COURSE OF ACTION SUCH AS THIS, IF IT ENDANGERED LIFE, OR IF IN THE COURSE OF ITS EXECUTION IT PROHIBITED THE SAVING OF LIFE, IS OBVIOUSLY SOMETHING WHICH RAISES FUNDAMENTAL MORAL AND PRACTICAL QUESTIONS.

"IT WOULD ALSO AROUSE INTERNATIONAL CONDEMNATION AND THE LIKELIHOOD THAT HONG KONG WOULD BE REGARDED AS HAVING REPUDIATED THE CPA, THEREBY RISKING FOREGOING THE BENEFITS OF RESETTLEMENT AND REPATRIATION ASSISTANCE UNDER THE AGREEMENT."

MR BARNES SAID HE SAW THE CPA PROVIDING THE ANSWERS TO THE DEPARTURE FROM HONG KONG OF VIETNAMESE BOAT PEOPLE, BOTH BY MEANS OF RESETTLEMENT FOR REFUGEES AND BY THE VOLUNTARY AND INVOLUNTARY RETURN OF NON-REFUGEES.

"FOR STOPPING DEPARTURES FROM VIETNAM, I SEE AS VITAL FACTORS THE DETERRENCE PROVIDED BY INVOLUNTARY REPATRIATION, THE EFFORTS OF THE VIETNAMESE AUTHORITIES THEMSELVES AND, IN THE LONGER TERM, THE ECONOMIC RECOVERY OF VIETNAM.

"THE NEED FOR ACTION IS CRITICAL. TIME IS NOT ON OUR SIDE,” HE SAID.

EARLIER MR BARNES CITED THE ATTITUDES OF SOME OF THE MAJOR PLAYERS AS SOME OF THF. FACTORS HAVING BEARINGS ON THE VBP PROBLEM.

HE SAID U.S. OFFICIAL ATTITUDES WERE RELATIVELY MORE COMPLEX AND POINTED OUT THAT THE VIEW EXPRESSED BY THE U.S. REPRESENTATIVE IN THE GENEVA CONFERENCE OPPOSING FORCED REPATRIATION WAS DISTINCTLY UNHELPFUL.

HF. DESCRIBED THE STATEMENT BY THE U.S. REPRESENTATIVE AS "ARGUABLY AT VARIANCE NOT ONLY WITH THE VERY PRINCIPLES OF THE CPA WHICH THE U.S. WERE AT GENEVA TO ENDORSE, AND DID ENDORSE, BUT ALSO WITH AMERICA’S OWN DEPORTATION PRACTICES TO MEXICO. HAITI AND OTHER LATIN AMERICAN COUNTRIES".

ANOTHER FACTOR AFFECTING THE VBP PROBLEM, MR BARNES SAID, WAS HONG KONG’S RELATIVELY TINY AND CROWDED TERRITORY WITH A POPULATION DENSITY OF SOME 5,192 PERSONS PER SQUARE KILOMETRE, ONE OF THE

HIGHEST IN THE WORLD.

"THIS COMPARES WITH 22 PERSONS PER SQUARE KILOMETRE IN THE UNITED STATES AND 230 PER SQUARE KILOMETRE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM." HE SAID.

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"ON A COMPARISION OF POPULATION DENSITIES, OUR PRESENT VIETNAMESE POPULATION OF 56,000 WOULD BE THE EQUIVALENT IN THE UNITED STATES OF OVER 13 MILLION, AND IN THE UNITED KINGDOM OF OVER ONE MILLION, OVER HALF OF WHOM WOULD HAVE ARRIVED THIS YEAR.

"THE FEELING IN HONG KONG IS THAT WE HAVE BORNE THIS BURDEN LONG ENOUGH, AND THAT IT IS NOW UP TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY, THE UK AND THE UNHCR TO RELIEVE US OF PRESSURES WHICH ARE BECOMING INTOLERABLE.

"CERTAINLY WITHOUT RELIEF OF SOME SORT HONG KONG COULD NOT STAND ANOTHER YEAR SUCH AS 1989."

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DEVELOPMENTS TO DATE INDICATE THAT HONG KONG WILL CONTINUE TO HAVE AN IMPORTANT ROLE TO PLAY IN FACILITATING CHINA'S OPEN DOOR POLICIES AND MODERNISATION PROGRAMMES, THE SECRETARY FOR ECONOMIC SERVICES, MRS ANSON CHAN, SAID.

IN LOCATING THREE OUT OF THE FOUR SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONES IN GUANGDONG, AND IN PLACING GUANGDONG PROVINCE AT THE FOREFRONT OF ITS OPEN DOOR POLICIES AND ECONOMIC REFORMS, CHINA HAD ACKNOWLEDGED THE IMPORTANT ROLE WHICH HONG KONG WAS PLAYING IN BRINGING CHINA INTO THE 21ST CENTURY. SHE ADDED.

SPEAKING AT A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE HONG KONG CANADA BUSINESS ASSOCIATION IN MONTREAL, CANADA YESTERDAY (TUESDAY), MRS CHAN POINTED OUT THAT THE GROWING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA WA ' VERY MUCH ONE OF INTERDEPENDENCE.

"AT THE SAME TIME THAT CHINA IS BENEFITTING FROM HONG KONG WE ARE ALSO PROSPERING FROM THE OPENING UP O1 CHINA.

"THIS STEMS FROM THE INCREASED FLOW OF GOODS THROUGH HONG KONG AND THE INCREASED DEMAND FOR HONG KONG'S SERVICES AND FACILITIES, AS WELL AS FROM CHINA EMERGING AS A MARKET FOR HONG KONG’S GOODS AND AS A PLACE FOR EXTENDING OUR. MANUFACTURING CAPACITY," SHE SAID.

MRS CHAN. WHO IS CURRENTLY IN MONTREAL FOR THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANISATION, SAID THAT THESE ACTIVITIES HAD COME ABOUT LARGELY THROUGH PRIVATE SECTOR INITIATIVES, WITH THE GOVERNMENT PLAYING A SUPPORTING ROLE.

ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF RECENT EVENTS IN CHINA, SHE SAID THESE WOULD UNDOUBTEDLY HAVE NEGATIVE EFFECTS FOR THE ASIAN REGION AS A WHOLE AND THE IMPACT ON HONG KONG WAS SWIFT AND SHARP.

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SHE NOTED, HOWEVER, THAT FEEDBACK FROM VARIOUS SOURCES INDICATED THAT THREE MONTHS AFTER THE TIANANMEN EVENTS, MOST OF THE REGULAR BUSINESS ACTIVITIES IN HONG KONG, INCLUDING THOSE INVOLVING CHINA. HAD RETURNED TO NORMAL.

SHE POINTED OUT THAT THE RECENT TURMOIL IN CHINA HAD LED MANY TO QUESTION THE BASIC ASSUMPTIONS UNDERLYING THE JOINT DECLARATION AND THUS THE BASIC LAW.

"THIS HAS TO DO WITH CONFIDENCE," SHE SAID. ADDING THAT THERE WAS NO DOUBT THAT CONFIDENCE HAD TAKEN A SEVERE KNOCK AND IT WOULD TAKE TIME AND SUSTAINED TANGIBLE EFFORTS ON THE PART OF THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT, THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT AND THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT TO RESTORE IT.

HOWEVER, FOR NOW OUR ECONOMY APPEARED TO HAVE WEATHERED THE IMMEDIATE STORM RATHER BETTER THAN MANY WOULD HAVE EXPECTED, SHE SAID.

"WE ARE SLOWLY COMING OUT OF THE INITIAL DOOM AND GLOOM SCENARIO." SHE ADDED.

"WHATEVER THE DIFFICULTIES FACING CHINA AT PRESENT FOLLOWING THE TIAJANMEN EVENTS, ITS LEADERS HAVE STRESSED THAT ECONOMICALLY IT HAS EMBARKED ON A COURSE FROM WHICH THERE CAN BE NO TURNING BACK EVEN IF THE PACE IS AT TIMES BUMPY.

"CHINA'S CURRENT AUSTERITY MEASURES WILL PROBABLY TAKE TIME TO WORK THROUGH IN ORDER TO MEET THE OBJECTIVES OF RESTRAINING DEMAND AND CONTAINING INFLATION." SHE NOTED.

"MEASURES CAN ALSO BE EXPECTED FROM THE CHINESE AUTHORITIES TO ECONOMISE ON THE USE OF FOREIGN EXCHANGE.

"T US IN SHORT TERM SOME CONSOLIDATION IN DEMAND FOR IMPORTS IN CHINA SEEMS LIKELY," SHE SAID.

HOWEVER, THE CHINA MARKET STILL POSSESSED A VAST UNTAPPED POTENTI/ WHICH MUST BE PROGESSIVELY UNLEASHED TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD, SHE SAID.

"ON CHINA’S PART. CONTINUED ACCESS TO PRODUCTS. SERVICES AND TECHNOLOGIES FROM OVERSEAS IS CLEARLY DESIRABLE FOR MEETING ITS DEVELOPMENT NEEDS.

"OPERATING BETWEEN FOREIGN SUPPLIERS AND INVESTORS AND THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS ENTITIES AND WITH WHAT WE CAN OFFER BY WAY OF RESOURCES AND BUSINESS EXPERTISE, HONG KONG'S ROLE ESPECIALLY FOR SOUTHERN CHINA COULD BE PIVOTAL," SHE ADDED.

TURNING TO WHAT HONG KONG SHOULD DO TO FACILITATE CHINA'S OPEN DOOR POLICIES. MRS CHAN SAID THAT HONG KONG’S INFRASTRUCTURE MUST REMAIN CAPABLE OF HANDLING THE TRAFFIC FLOWS GENERATED BY BOTH ITS OWN ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES AND BY ITS GROWING TRADE WITH CHINA.

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"THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT HAS COMMISSIONED A SERIES OF CONSULTANCY STUDIES TO HELP IT DEVELOP A COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY FOR EXPANDING THE NECESSARY INFRASTRUCTURE, INCLUDING NOTABLY A NEW AIRPORT AND ADDITIONAL PORT FACILITIES." MRS CHAN SAID.

"IN PARALLEL WITH OUR INFRASTRUCTURAL PROGRAMME. WE ARE CONSCIOUS OF THE NEED TO IMPROVE OUR ENVIRONMENT AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

"AT THE SAME TIME. WE MUST EXPAND OUR EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES BOTH TO REPLACE THE NUMBERS WHO ARE LEAVING AND TO ENSURE THAT FUTURE GENERATION OF WORKERS ARE EQUIPPED WITH THE SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE THAT WILL MEET HONG KONG’S CHANGING REQUIREMENTS." SHE SAID.

SHE TOLD THE CANADIAN AUDIENCE THAT THE JOINT DECLARATION REMAINED THE BEST BASIS FOR OUR FUTURE GROWTH AND STABILITY.

"WHAT WE MUST DO NOW IS TO ENSURE THAT ITS PROVISIONS ARE FAITHFULLY REFLECTED IN THE BASIC LAW WHICH IS NOW BEING DRAFTED BY THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT TAKING INTO ACCOUNT HONG KONG PEOPLE’S VIEW." SHE SAID.

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IN AUGUST. THE YEAR-ON-YEAR GROWTH RATE OF RE-EXPORTS. THOUGH STILL SUBSTANTIAL, SHOWED SOME DECELERATION. THE GROWTH RATE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS SLACKENED FURTHER. WHILE THE GROWTH RATE OF IMPORTS WAS ROUGHLY THE SAME AS IN JULY.

THIS IS SHOWN IN THE PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES RELEASED TODAY (WEDNESDAY! BY THE CENSUS AND STATISTICS DEPARTMENT.

THE VALUE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN AUGUST 1989 WAS $21,226 MILLION. $557 MILLION OR 2.7 PER CENT HIGHER THAN IN AUGUST 1988, WHILE THE VALUE OF RE-EXPORTS INCREASED BY $6,399 MILLION OR 25.2 PER CENT TO $31,828 MILLION.

THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS (DOMESTIC EXPORTS PLUS RE-EXPORTS). AT $53,054 MILLION IN AUGUST 1989. WAS THUS $6,956 MILLION OR 15.1 PER CENT HIGHER THAN LN AUGUST 1988.

THE VALUE OF IMPORTS GREW BY 9.5 PER CENT OR $4,142 MILLION OVER A YEAR EARLIER. TO $47,969 MILLION IN AUGUST 1989.

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AS THE GROWTH RATE OF IMPORTS WAS SLOWER THAN THAT OF TOTAL EXPORTS. A VISIBLE TRADE SURPLUS OF *5,085 MILLION, EQUIVALENT TO 10.6 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS. WAS RECORDED IN AUGUST 1980. THIS COMPARES WITH A SURPLUS OF $2,271 MILLION. EQUIVALENT TO 5.2 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS, RECORDED IN AUGUST 1988. THE SIGNIFICANT SURPLUS RECORDED IN THE MONTH OF AUGUST IS MAINLY SEASONAL.

PUTTING THESE TRADE FIGURES IN PERSPECTIVE. THE VALUE OF TOTAL EXPORTS IN THE FIRST EIGHT MONTHS OF 1989 WAS $368,743 MILLION, MADE UP OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS OF Si 44.388 MILLION AND RE-EXPORTS OF S224.355 MILLION.

COMPARED WITH THE FIRST EIGHT MONTHS OF 1988. IN VALUE TERMS TOTAL EXPORTS GREW BY $65,596 MILLION OR 21.6 PER CENT. DOMESTIC EXPORTS BY $7,966 MILLION OR 5.8 PER CENT, AND RE-EXPORTS BY $57,630 MILLION OR 34.6 PER CENT.

OVER THE SAME PERIOD, THE VALUE OF IMPORTS GREW BY $63,404 MILLION OR 20.5 PER CENT. TO $373,316 MILLION.

A VISIBLE TRADE DEFICIT OF $4,573 MILLION, EQUIVALENT TO 1.2 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS. WAS RECORDED IN THE FIRST EIGHT MONTHS OF 1989. THIS COMPARES WITH A DEFICIT OF $6,765 MILLION, EQUIVALENT TO 2.2 PER CENT OF THE VALUE OF IMPORTS. RECORDED IN THE FIRST EIGHT MONTHS OF 1988.

COMMENTING ON THESE FIGURES. A GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT SPOKESMAN SAID THE PERFORMANCE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS IN AUGUST VARIED AMONG MAJOR MARKETS.

PRELIMINARY INDICATIONS WERE THAT THE GROWTH RATE OF DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CHINA DECELERATED MARKEDLY. THIS MIGHT SUGGEST A SETBACK IN OUTWARD PROCESSING ACTIVITIES IN CHINA, IN LINE WITH THE SLUGGISH PERFORMANCE OF HONG KONG'S DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO CERTAIN OVERSEAS MARKETS.

WHILE DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO JAPAN CONTINUED TO SHOW STRONG GROWTH. THOSE TO THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY AND THE UNITED KINGDOM DECLINED. DOMESTIC EXPORTS TO THE UNITED STATES. HONG KONG’S LARGEST EXPORT MARKET. SHOWED A SLIGHT REVIVAL.

THE SPOKESMAN ADDED THAT THE VALUE OF RETAINED IMPORTS IN AUGUST CONTINUED TO FALL ON A YEAR-ON-YEAR BASIS. THIS SUGGESTED THAT DOMESTIC DEMAND WAS SLACKENING FURTHER.

THE FOLLOWING TABLE PRESENTS THE PROVISIONAL TRADE FIGURES FOR AUGUST 1989.

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MERCHANDISE: DOMESTIC EXPORTS : $21,226 MILLION

RE-EXPORTS $31,828 MILLION

TOTAL EXPORTS $53,054 MILLION

IMPORTS $47,969 MILLION

TRADE BALANCE $5,085 MILLION

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COMPARATIVE FIGURES

LATEST 3 MONTHS JUN 89 TO AUG 89 HKS MN. JUN 88 TO AUG 88 HKS MN. INCREASE

HKS MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 61.286 58,924 2.362 4.0

RE-EXPORTS 93.145 71.768 21.377 29.8

TOTAL EXPORTS 154.431 130.692 23.739 18.2

IMPORTS 146.746 131,406 15,340 11.7

TRADE BALANCE 7,685 -714 8.399

AUGUST AUGUST INCREASE

SAME MONTH LAST YEAR 1989 1988

HKS MN. HKS MN. HKS MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 21.226 20,669 557 2.7

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (40.0%) I 44.8%)

RE-EXPORTS 31.828 25.429 6.399 25.2

TOTAL EXPORTS 53.054 46.098 6.956 15. 1

IMPORTS 47.969 43.827 4.142 9.5

TRADE BALANCE 5.085 2.271 2.814

LAST MONTH AUGUST 1989 HKS MN. JULY 1989 HKS MN. INCREASE

HKS MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 21.226 21.104 122 0.6

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (40.0%) (40.2%)

RE-EXPORTS 31,828 31 .431 397 1.3

TOTAL EXPORTS 53.054 52.535 519 1.0

IMPORTS 47,969 48.723 -754 -1.5

TRADE BALANCE 5.085 3.812 1.273

CALENDAR YEAR TO-DATE JAN-AUG 1989 HKS MN. JAN-AUG 1988 HKS MN. INCREASE

HKS MN. %

DOMESTIC EXPORTS 144,388 136.422 7.966 5.8

(% OF TOTAL EXPORTS) (39.2%) (45.0%)

RE-EXPORTS 224.355 166,725 57.630 34.6

TOTAL EXPORTS 368.743 303.147 65.596 21.6

IMPORTS 373.316 309.912 63.404 20.5

TRADE BALANCE -4.573 -6.765 2.192

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LAST 12 MONTHS

DOMESTIC EXPORTS RE-EXPORTS TOTAL EXPORTS IMPORTS

TRADE BALANCE

SEP 88 TO AUG 89

HKS MN.

225.629

333.0.35 558.664

562.202

-3.538

SEP 87 TO AUG 88 HKS MN.

208,380 236.931 445.311 450.476

-5.165

INCREASE

HKS MN. %

17.249

96.104

113,353

111.726

1 .627

8.3

40.6

25.5

24.8

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TANG SHIU KIN HOSPITAL EXTENSION OPENS ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ *

THE HOSPITAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL CONTINUE TO UPGRADE ITS EXISTING SERVICES AND SEEK IMPROVEMENTS AS FAR AS POSSIBLE WITHIN THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE.

THIS WAS STATED BY THE DIRECTOR OF HOSPITAL SERVICES, DR T.Y. CHAU, AT A CEREMONY TODAY (WEDNESDAY) TO MARK THE OPENING OF THE TANG SHIU KIN HOSPITAL EXTENSION.

AT THE OPENING CEREMONY. A BUST OF THE LATE SIR SHIU-KIN TANG WAS UNVEILED. ALSO OFFICIATING AT THE CEREMONY WAS MR RICHARD TANG, SON OF SIR SHIU-KIN.

IN HIS OPENING ADDRESS, DR CHAU POINTED OUT THAT THE RAPID GROWTH OF HONG KONG’S POPULATION OVER THE YEARS HAD IMPOSED A HEAVY STRAIN ON MEDICAL SERVICES.

"DESPITE THIS PRESSURE, THE GENERAL HEALTH OF THE COMMUNITY, AS REFLECTED IN THE MAJOR INTERNATIONAL HEALTH INDICES, SUCH AS THE INFANT MORTALITY RATE, MATERNAL MORTALITY RATE, LIFE EXPECTANCY ETC, IS VERY SATISFACTORY BY ANY STANDARD.

"THIS IS AN ACHIEVEMENT IN ITSELF. BUT WE WILL CONTINUE TO UPGRADE OUR EXISTING SERVICES AND SEEK IMPROVEMENTS AS FAR AS POSSIBLE WITHIN THE RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO US," HE SAID.

THE TANG SHIU KIN HOSPITAL, WHICH WAS INAUGURATED IN 1969, HAD PROVIDED VALUABLE SERVICES TO RESIDENTS, DR CHAU SAID.

WITH THE PASSAGE OF TIME, HOWEVER. IT HAD BECOME NECESSARY TO EXPAND THE HOSPITAL SERVICES IN ORDER TO MEET THE INCREASE IN POPULATION AND THE COMMUNITY’S RISING ASPIRATIONS FOR BETTER PROVISION OF SERVICES.

DR CHAU SPOKE OF SIR SHIU-KIN’S GENEROSITY AND CONTRIBUTIONS TOWARDS IMPROVING MEDICAL AND HEALTH FACILITIES IN HONG KONG.

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’’THIS HOSPITAL EXTENSION IS BUT ONE AMONGST THE MANY OTHER IMPORTANT SOCIAL SERVICES WHICH HAVE BENEFITTED FROM HIS DONATIONS.”

MR RICHARD TANG SAID HE WAS VERY GLAD TO SEE THE COMPLETION AND OPENING OF THE HOSPITAL EXTENSION WHICH. HE BELIEVED. WOULD GO A LONG WAY TOWARDS MEETING THE NEEDS OF THE PUBLIC.

THE TANG SH1U KIN HOSPITAL EXTENSION, WHICH COST ABOUT S83 MILLION, CONSISTS OF 10 STOREYS.

IT WILL PROVIDE 40 BEDS IN A FULLY-FLEDGED ORTHOPAEDIC UNIT, AND NEW OPERATING THEATRES AND A WIDE RANGE OF SUPPORTING SERVICES, SUCH AS CLINICAL PATHOLOGY, X-RAY, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY. PHYSIOTHERAPY, AND PROSTHETIC-ORTHOTIC SERVICES.

THE ACCIDENT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT WILL ALSO BE EXPANDED AND STRENGTHENED.

THE TANG SHIU KIN HOSPITAL NOW PROVIDES 80 BEDS.

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REHABILITATION SERVICES FOR DISABLED EXPANDED t ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

REHABILITATION SERVICES IN HONG KONG HAVE BEEN CONTINUALLY EXPANDING TO TAKE CARE OF ALL TYPES OF DISABLED PERSONS. THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE. MR STEPHEN LAW. SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE NEW LIFE PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION ASSOCIATION, MR LAW SAID THESE SERVICES INCLUDED ACTIVITY CENTRES, SHELTERED WORKSHOPS, HALF-WAY HOUSES, VARIOUS TYPES OF HOSTELS. HOME-BASE TRAINING. SOCIAL AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES AS WELL AS COUNSELLING.

"A CENTRAL REFERRAL SYSTEM FOR DISABLED ADULTS WAS ESTABLISHED LAST YEAR TO HELP IN THE EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE USE OF REHABILITATION FACILITIES,” HE SAID.

APART FROM PROVIDING SERVICES DIRECTLY AND THROUGH SUBVERTED AGENCIES, MR LAW SAID THE GOVERNMENT ALSO PROVIDED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO DISABLED PERSONS AND THEIR FAMILIES THROUGH THE VARIOUS SOCIAL SECURITY SCHEMES.

"THE PUBLIC ASSISTANCE SCHEME IS DESIGNED TO BRING THE INCOME OF INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES SUFFERING FINANCIAL HARDSHIP TO THE PRESCRIBED LEVEL WHERE BASIC NEEDS SUCH AS FOOD AND CLOTHING CAN BE MET," HE SAID.

"APART FROM SPECIAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR OLD AGE AND DISABILITY, THE SCHEME ALSO PROVIDES SPECIAL PAYMENTS TOWARDS RENT, TRAVELLING, SCHOOL FEES AND SCHOOL-RELATED EXPENSES, AND MEDICALLY RECOMMENDED DIETS," HE ADDED.

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ABOUT 5.200 PUBLIC \SSISTANCE APPLICATIONS. OR EIGHT PER CENT OF THE TOTAL CASELOAD, WERE FROM DISABLED PERSONS, MR LAW SAID, ADDING THAT. AMONG THESE, OVER 2.900 WERE MENTALLY ILL.

"THE SPECIAL NEEDS ALLOWANCES SCHEME PROVIDES FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO THE SEVERELY DISABLED AND PEOPLE OVER 67 TO MEET SPECIAL NEEDS ARISING FROM THEIR DISABILITIES OR OLD AGE SO AS TO REDUCE THE BURDEN ON THEIR FAMILIES." MR LAW EXPLAINED.

"OF THE 61.000 DISABILITY ALLOWANCE (DA) RECIPIENTS. 40.5 PER CENT ARE MENTALLY ILL OR HANDICAPPED, 51.7 ARE PHYSICALLY DISABLED AND 7.8 ARE DEAF," HE SAID.

"IN ADDITION. A HIGHER DISABILITY ALLOWANCE (HDA>, WHICH DOUBLES THE RATE OF THE DA, HAS BEEN INTRODUCED IN STAGES SINCE APRIL I. 1988 TO ASSIST THOSE SEVERELY DISABLED PERSONS WHO ARE IN NEED OF CONSTANT CARE BUT WHO ARE NOT RESIDING IN A GOVERNMENT OR SUBVERTED INSTITUTION," HE ADDED.

OVER 5,300 PERSONS WERE RECEIVING THIS HDA, WHICH WAS APPLICABLE TO SEVERELY DISABLED PERSONS OVER 16 AT PRESENT BUT WOULD BE APPLICABLE TO ALL AGE GROUPS FROM APRIL 1, 1990.

"THESE SOCIAL SECURITY SCHEMES HELP ENHANCE THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE DISABLED AND REDUCE THEIR RELIANCE ON THEIR FAMILIES AND HENCE, THE CONCEPT OF COMMUNITY CARE CAN BE FURTHER PROMOTED," MR LAW SAID.

HE CALLED FOR UNDERSTANDING AND COMPASSION FROM THE COMMUNITY TOWARDS REHABILITATION OF THE DISABLED AND STRESSED THE IMPORTANCE OF SUPPORTING THEIR FAMILIES.

"WHILE WORKERS FROM OUR FAMILY SERVICES CENTRES AND MEDICAL SOCIAL SERVICE UNITS HAVE CONTRIBUTED GREATLY TO THESE FAMILIES OVER THE REHABILITATION OF THEIR DISABLED MEMBERS, DEVELOPMENT OF SERVICES SUCH AS THE RESPITE SERVICE RECENTLY INTRODUCED AT THE DEPARTMENT’S CHEUNG HONG HOSTEL IS ALSO INDISPENSABLE," HE ADDED.

MR LAW COMMENDED THE ASSOCIATION FOR ITS EFFORTS IN ASSISTING THE RE-INTEGRATION OF RECOVERED MENTAL PATIENTS INTO THE COMMUNITY.

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NEW GAS SAFETY LAW IN PIPELINE ♦ ♦ » » »

THE GOVERNMENT I WORKING HARD TO PRODUCE NEW LAW TO COVER ALL ASPECTS OF FUEL GAS SAFETY IN HONG KONG, THE DIRECTOR OF El CTR1CAL AMD MECHANICAL SERVICES, MR MIAO CHI, SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

MR MIAO SAID THE NEW LAW WOULD INCLUDE THE REGISTRATION OF GAS SUPPLIERS AND GAS INSTALLERS, EXAMINATION AND APPROVAL OF GAS APPLIANCES, APPROVAL OF THE DESIGN AND THE CONSTRUCTION OF GAS INSTALLATIONS.

ADDRESSING A LUNCHEON MEETING OF THE LIONS CLUB OF VICTORIA, HE SAID THE ELECTRICAL AND MECHANICAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT HAD CONSULTED THE GAS INDUSTRY IN THE PAST THREE AND A HALF YEARS AND AN AGREEMENT WAS REACHED IN PRINCIPLE ON NEW GAS SAFETY LEGISLATION.

THE DEPARTMENT WAS NOW WORKING WITH THE LAW DRAFTSMAN TO PRODUCE THE LEGISLATION.

IT WAS ANTICIPATED THAT THIS PIECE OF NEW LEGISLATION WOULD SOON BE PUT BEFORE THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL, MR MIAO SAID.

THE DEMAND FOR GAS INCREASED BY MORE THAN 300 PER CENT BETWEEN 1976 AND LAST YEAR.

IN THE SAME PERIOD, THE NUMBER OF TOWNGAS CUSTOMERS ROSE FROM 64,000 TO OVER 650,000.

THE NUMBER OF CUSTOMERS FOR LIQUEFIED PETROLEUM GAS ALSO ROSE, FROM 5,000 TO ABOUT 200,000.

MR MIAO ALSO SAID HONG KONG WOULD SOON HAVE A NEW ELECTRICITY ORDINANCE IN AN ATTEMPT TO ACHIEVE MORE EFFECTIVE AND SAFE USE OF ELECTRICjTY.

"SUBJECT TO THE PASSING OF THE BILL BY THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL, THE PROPOSALS WILL TAKE EFFECT BY PHASES NEXT YEAR,” HE SAID.

THE NEW ORDINANCE WOULD INCLUDE AMENDMENTS TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT ALL THE DEVELOPMENT SINCE 1911, WHEN THE EXISTING ELECTRICITY SUPPLY ORDINANCE AND ITS REGULATIONS WERE PROMULGATED.

IT WOULD ALSO HAVE FAR REACHING EFFECTS AS IT WOULD PRESCRIBE MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS FOR LICENSED CONTRACTORS, ELECTRICIANS AND ENGINEERS.

STANDARDS AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS WOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE APPROPRIATE REGULATIONS FOR ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS AS WELL AS FOR ELECTRICAL PRODUCTS.

THE BILL WAS INTRODUCED INTO THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL IN JUNE, FOR FIRST AND SECOND READINGS.

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LABOUR FLATIONS COURSES WELL-RECEIVED

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THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) HELD A CERTIFICATE PRESENTATION CEREMONY FOR PARTICIPANTS IN ITS LABOUR RELATIONS COURSES THIS YEAR.

A TOTAL OF 12 CERTIFICATE COURSES FOR 560 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ORGANISED BY THE DEPARTMENT’S LABOUR RELATIONS PROMOTION UNIT SO FAR THIS YEAR.

SPEAKING AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY, ASSISTANT COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR. MR JAMES YEUNG, SAID THAT THROUGH ITS ANNUAL PROGRAMME OF LABOUR RELATIONS COURSES WHICH STARTED IN 1984, THE DEPARTMENT HAD INSTILLED IN SOME 2,300 PEOPLE THE CONCEPT OF GOOD LABOUR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS.

"THE DEPARTMENT HAS ALSO ORGANISED 31 VARIOUS TYPES OF CERTIFTCATE COURSES AND 25 SEMINARS ALONE OR IN CONJUNCTION WITH COMMERCIAL ORGANISATIONS AND TRADE UNIONS UP TO AUGUST THIS YEAR, ATTRACTING ALTOGETHER 2,800 PARTICIPANTS.

"IN ADDITION, IT MAKES USE OF OTHER CHANNELS TO PROMOTE LABOUR RELATIONS AND PUBLICISE LABOUR LEGISLATION, INCLUDING MOBILE EXHIBITIONS, PUBLICATION OF PAMPHLETS AND NEWSLETTERS, AND PUBLICITY THROUGH THE MASS MEDIA," MR YEUNG SAID.

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FEWER INCIDENTS OF DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR IN SCHOOLS ******

THE NUMBER OF INCIDENTS OF DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR RELATING TO GAMBLING AND SUSPECTED INVOLVEMENT IN TRIAD ACTIVITIES REPORTED BY SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE 1987-88 SCHOOL YEAR REGISTERED A DROP WHEN COMPARED WITH THE PRECEDING YEAR, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

THE FIGURES CONTAINED IN A SURVEY REPORT SHOWED THAT THE NUMBER OF INCIDENTS OF INVOLVEMENT IN GAMBLING COMMITTED BY SECONDARY STUDENTS LAST SCHOOL YEAR WAS 2,181 (2,209 IN 1986-87) AND OF SUSPECTED INVOLVEMENT IN TRIAD ACTIVITIES IT WAS 637 (745 IN 1986-871.

THIS WAS THE SIXTH SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE ON UNRULY AND DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR IN SCHOOLS.

THE 1987-88 SURVEY COVERED ALL SECONDARY DAY SCHOOLS IN THE TERRITORY FROM WHICH THERE WAS NEARLY A 100 PER CENT RESPONSE RATE.

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ON THE NUMBER OF INCIDENTS INVOLVING DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR IN 1987-88, THE SPOKESMAN SAID A TOTAL OF 15,043 WERE REGISTERED, REPRESENTING AN INCREASE OF 14.1 PER CENT FROM 13.186 WHEN COMPARED WITH 1986-87.

THE SURVEY INDICATED THAT AS IN THE PREVIOUS SURVEY THE THREE MORE COMMON CATEGORIES, NAMELY ACTS OF PHYSICAL VIOLENCE, STEALING AND INVOLVEMENT IN GAMBLING COMPRISED SOME 80 PER CENT OF ALL THE INCIDENTS OF DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR.

APART FROM INVOLVEMENT IN GAMBLING, SUSPECTED INVOLVEMENT IN TRIAD ACTIVITIES, AND CONVICTION OF ONE OR MORE CRIMES, ALL OTHER TYPES OF DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR WERE REPORTED TO HAVE INCREASED IN 1987-88 AS COMPARED WITH 1986-87,

SIGNIFICANT INCREASES WERE REGISTERED IN BOTH THE POSSESSION OF PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIALS (FROM 664 IN 1986-87 TO 1,298 IN 1987-88) AND INVOLVEMENT IN SEX OFFENCES (FROM 126 TO 219), THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

HOWEVER. THE SURVEY SHOWED THAT THE NUMBER OF INCIDENTS OF POSSESSION OF PORNOGRAPHIC MATERIALS WAS STILL LOWER THAN THAT IN 1984-85 (1,501).

THE NUMBER OF INCIDENTS INVOLVING SEX OFFENCES WAS AT A LOW LEVEL AND REPRESENTED ONLY 1.5 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF INCIDENTS OF DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR.

ON THE FIGURES FOR UNRULY BEHAVIOUR, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THERE WAS A 15.8 PER CENT INCREASE FROM 169,339 IN 1986-87 TO 196,108 IN 1987-88.

OF THE VARIOUS TYPES OF UNRULY BEHAVIOUR REPORTED, 72 PER CENT OF ALL SUCH INCIDENTS INVOLVED THE HABITUAL FAILURE TO HAND IN ASSIGNMENTS OR BRING TEXTBOOKS OR STATIONERY TO SCHOOLS (65,442 IN 1987-88), HABITUAL LATENESS (33.055), DISCIPLINARY OFFENCES TO ATTRACT ATTENTION (21.187) AND INSOLENT OR REBELLIOUS BEHAVIOUR (20,848 I.

TURNING TO THE TOTAL NUMBER OF 211,151 INCIDENTS OF UNRULY AND DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR REPORTED IN 1987-88, THE SPOKESMAN SAID THIS REPRESENTED AN INCREASE OF 15.7 PER CENT OVER THE 182,525 INCIDENTS REPORTED IN 1986-87.

THE GREAT MAJORITY OF THE INCIDENTS REPORTED. ACCOUNTING FOR 93 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL. WERE IN THE LESS SERIOUS CATEGORY OF UNRULY BEHAVIOUR, WHILE ONLY A MINORITY (7 PER CENT) WERE IN THE MORE SERIOUS CATEGORY OF DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR, THE SAME LEVEL AS IN THE PREVIOUS SURVEYS.

THE SURVEY ALSO SHOWED THAT STUDENTS IN SECONDARY 1 TO 3, IN PARTICULAR THOSE IN SECONDARY 1, REMAINED THE GROUP MOST PRONE TO COMMITTING UNRULY AND DELINQUENT BEHAVIOUR.

/THE SPOKESMAN .......

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THE SPOKESMAN SAID THERE CONTINUED TO BE A NEED FOR MORE INDIVIDUAL CARE AND GUIDANCE TO BE PROVIDED FOR JUNIOR SECONDARI STUDENTS AND FOR APPROPRIATE MEASURES TO BE TAKEN TO PREVENT SUCH MISBEHAVIOUR.

IN THIS CONNECTION, THE SPOKESMAN CALLED ON TEACHERS TO REFER TO THE GENERAL GUIDELINES ON MORAL EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS AND TO THE MORAL EDUCATION REFERENCE MATERIALS ISSUED TO SCHOOLS.

"TO ASSIST SCHOOLS TO TACKLE THE PROBLEM, THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT HAS CONTINUED TO GIVE ADVICE TO SCHOOLS ON WAYS OF ORGANISING GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING SYSTEMS WITHIN SCHOOLS, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"IT HAS ALSO BEEN GIVING GUIDANCE TO SCHOOLS IN RESPECT OF REMEDIAL TEACHING AND HAS BEEN CO-OPERATING WITH THE HONG KONG EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES COORDINATORS’ ASSOCIATION TO STRENGTHEN EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES IN SCHOOLS.

"THE SCHOOLS SUPPORT SCHEME HAS ALSO HELPED INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS TO DEAL WITH BEHAVIOUR PROBLEMS." THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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CHAIRMEN OF TAI PO DB COMMITTEES ELECTED

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THE CHAIRMEN OF THE FIVE COMMITTEES OF THE TAI PO DISTRICT BOARD WERE RE-ELECTED UNOPPOSED FOR A SECOND TERM AT A SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD THIS (WEDNESDAY) MORNING.

THE FIVE CHAIRMEN ARE: MR YAU FOOK-PING OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT AND WORKS COMMITTEE: MR KWONG KAI-TO OF THE PROMOTION AND PUBLICITY COMMITTEE; MR LEUNG WO-PING OF THE RECREATION, SPORTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS COMMITTEE: MR MICHAEL LAI KAM-CHEUNG OF THE SOCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE: AND MR TANG PUI-TAT OF THE TRAFFIC AND TRANSPORT COMMITTEE.

THEIR TERM OF OFFICE WILL RUN FROM OCTOBER 1 TO MARCH 31, 1991.

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DB COMMITTEE TO DISCUSS NOISE REDUCTION PROPOSAL

THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY WELFARE COMMITTEE WILL DISCUSS A PROPOSAL TO PROVIDE AIR-CONDITIONING FACILITIES AT THE CHEUNG SHA WAN GOVERNMENT SECONDARY SCHOOL AT ITS MEETING TOMORROW (THURSDAY).

IT IS HOPED THAT THE INSTALLATION OF AIR-CONDITIONING FACILITIES WOULD HELP REDUCE THE NOISE LEVEL AT THE SCHOOL WHICH IS SITUATED UNDER THE AIRPORT FLIGHT PATH AND IS AFFECTED BY NEARBY BUILDING REPAIR WORKS.

ALSO TO BE DISCUSSED ARE IMPROVEMENTS TO STUDY ROOM FACILITIES AT THE B.G.C.A. CHEUNG SHA WAN LIBRARY AND A REPORT PREPARED BY THE DB WORKING GROUP ON STUDY ROOM FACILITIES IN THE DISTRICT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MEETING OF THE SHAM SHUI PO DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY WELFARE COMMITTEE WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 2 PM TOMORROW (THURSDAY) AT THE SHEK KIP MEI COMMUNITY HALL, BLOCK 42, SHEK KIP MEI ESTATE, NAM CHEONG STREET.

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BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINAR FOR MID-LEVELS RESIDENTS

A SEMINAR ON BUILDING MANAGEMENT FOR MID-LEVELS RESIDENTS WILL BE HELD AT THE CAINE ROAD HONG KONG BAPTIST CHURCH ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 29). BEGINNING AT 8 PM.

THREE SPEAKERS FROM RELATED FIELDS WILL GIVE TALKS ON VARIOUS HOUSING MANAGEMENT TOPICS.

DISTRICT BOARD CHAIRMAN, MR AMBROSE LAU, WHO IS A MEMBER OF THE ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON PRIVATE BUILDING MANAGEMENT, WILL SPEAK ON ISSUES RELATING TO DEEDS OF MUTUAL COVENANT.

DISTRICT BOARD MEMBER MR LAM KIN-LAI. WHO IS AN ENGINEER BY PROFESSION. WILL REVIEW THE IMPORTANCE OF HAVING PROPER BUILDING EQUIPMENT.

HEAD OF THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT BUILDING MANAGEMENT CO-ORDINATION TEAM, HOUSING MANAGER MR LEE CHI-SANG WILL ANALYSE HUMAN RELATIONSHIP AS ONE OF THE PROBLEMS IN BUILDING MANAGEMENT.

THE SEMINAR HAS BEEN JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE AND THE MID-LEVELS (CENTRAL AND WESTERN) AREA COMMITTEES WITH SPONSORSHIP FROM THE DISTRICT BOARD.

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SIMILAR SEMINARS WILL BE HELD IN THE AREAS OF SAI YING PUN. KEN DY TOWN, AS WELL AS CHUNG WAN AND SHEUNG WAN IN THE NEXT FOUR MONTHS.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE MID-LEVELS BUILDING MANAGEMENT SEMINAR WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 8 PM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 29) IN ROOM 1009, HONG KONG BAPTIST CHURCH, 56 CAINE ROAD, CENTRAL.

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THREE SNAKE SPECIES MAY BE LISTED AS ENDANGERED *****

THE AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES DEPARTMENT TODAY (WEDNESDAY) ADVISED TRADERS IN LIVE SNAKES AND SNAKE PRODUCTS THAT THREE SPECIES OF SNAKE MIGHT BE SUBJECT TO STRICT LICENSING CONTROL SHOULD THEY BE LISTED IN THE INTERNATIONAL SCHEDULE OF ENDANGERED SPECIES.

THESE THREE SNAKE SPECIES ARE THE COMMON RAT SNAKE, THE COBRA AND THE KING COBRA.

IN A CIRCULAR TO THESE TRADERS, THE DEPARTMENT’S SENIOR CONSERVATION OFFICER, MR M.K. CHEUNG, SAID PROPOSALS HAD RECENTLY BEEN MADE TO THE SECRETARIAT OF THE CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA (CITES) FOR THE ADDITION OF THESE THREE SPECIES IN APPENDIX II OF ITS ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST.

THE CITES APPENDIX I COVERS HIGHLY ENDANGERED SPECIES IN WHICH TRADE IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN. SPECIES LISTED IN APPENDIX II ARE THOSE IN WHICH TRADE IS ALLOWED SUBJECT TO STRICT LICENSING CONTROL.

MR CHEUNG SAID: ’’THESE PROPOSALS WILL BE CONSIDERED IN THE FORTHCOMING CITES CONFERENCE TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH TN SWITZERLAND.

”IF THE PROPOSALS ARE ADOPTED BY THE CONFERENCE. INTERNATIONAL TRADE, INCLUDING IMPORT AND EXPORT, IN THESE SNAKE SPECIES AS WELL AS THEIR SKIN, MEAT AND PRODUCTS WILL BE STRICTLY CONTROLLED AND RESTRICTED TO SPECIMENS WITH THE APPROVAL FROM THE CITES AUTHORITIES OF THE EXPORTING COUNTRIES."

HE SAID THAT IN HONG KONG, THE NECESSARY LEGISLATIVE AMENDMENT TO INCLUDE THESE SPECIES INTO THE SCHEDULES OF THE ANIMALS AND PLANTS (PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES) ORDINANCE WOULD BE CONSIDERED IN THE EVENT THAT THE PROPOSALS WERE ADOPTED BY CITES.

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IMPORT, EXPORT OR POSSESSION < AND DERIVATIVES ARE PROHIBITED ADVANCE BY THE AGRICULTURE AND

UNDER THE ORDINANCE, THE SCHEDULED SPECIES AND THEIR PARTS EXCEPT UNDER A LICENSE ISSUED IN FISHERIES DEPARTMENT.

OFFENDERS ARE LIABLE TO A FIRST OFFENCE AND $50,000 PLUS REPEATED OFFENCE IN ADDITION TO

MAXIMUM FINE OF $25,000 FOR THE SIX MONTHS’ JAIL SENTENCE FOR A THE MANDATORY FORFEITURE OF THE

SPECIMENS.

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TWO GOVT LOTS IN NT TO LET BY TENDER *****

THE BUILDING AND LANDS DEPARTMENT IS INVITING TENDERS FOR THE SHORT TERM TENANCY OF TWO SITES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

THE FIRST LOT, A 2,000-SQUARE-METRE SITE AT AREA 30, KWAI CHUNG CREEK RECLAMATION, KWAI CHUNG, IS TO BE USED FOR THE OPERATION OF A CONCRETE BATCHING PLANT.

THE TENANCY IS FOR THREE YEARS, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

THE SECOND LOT IS AT WANG YIP STREET WEST. TUNG TAU INDUSTRIAL AREA, YUEN LONG, WITH AN AREA OF ABOUT 2,057 SQUARE METRES. IT IS FOR A FEE-PAYING OPEN CARPARK.

THE TENANCY IS FOR ONE YEAR, RENEWABLE QUARTERLY AFTERWARDS.

THE CLOSING DATE FOR ACCEPTANCE OF TENDERS FOR BOTH SITES IS NOON ON OCTOBER 13.

FORM OF TENDER. TENDER NOTICE AND CONDITIONS MAY BE OBTAINED FROM AND TENDER PLAN INSPECTED AT THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES AT KWAI TSING AND YUEN LONG; THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT, 14TH FLOOR, MURRAY BUILDING, GARDEN ROAD, HONG KONG; AND THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES KOWLOON, 10TH FLOOR, YAU MA TEI CARPARK BUILDING, 250 SHANGHAI STREET. KOWLOON.

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THE BUILDING AUTHORITY IS SEEKING TO CLOSE AN ILLEGAL STRUCTURE IN HUNG HOM SO THAT IT CAN BE DEMOLISHED WITHOUT DANGER TO THE OCCUPIERS AND TO THE PUBLIC.

IT IS AT FLAT C, SECOND FLOOR, JUNCTION OF 264-268 CHATHAM ROAD AND 183-187 BULKELEY STREET.

/THE CLOSURE .......

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THE CLOSURE IS PART OF AN EXERCISE TO ENFORCE AN ORDER ISSUED UNDER THE BUILDINGS ORDINANCE IN DECEMBER 1985 REQUIRING THE DEMOLITION OF THE STRUCTURE.

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO APPLY FOR A CLOSURE ORDER FROM THE HONG KONG i/lSTRICT COURT ON NOVEMBER 29 THIS YEAR WAS POSTED ON A CONSPICUOUS PART OF THE STRUCTURE TODAY (WEDNESDAY).

IT IS EXPECTED THAT DEMOLITION WORK WILL START ONCE THE CLOSURE ORDER IS OBTAINED.

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TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CENTRAL, WESTERN ♦ * ♦ ♦ ♦

THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 29), QUEEN VICTORIA STREET BETWEEN CONNAUGHT ROAD CENTRAL AND DES VOEUX ROAD CENTRAL WILL BE RE-ROUTED FROM ONE-WAY NORTHBOUND TO ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND.

AT THE SAME TIME, THIS ROAD SECTION WILL ALSO BE OPENED TO OTHER VEHICLES IN ADDITION TO FRANCHISED BUSES.

ALSO FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY, THE SOUTHERN KERBSIDE LANE OF CONNAUGHT ROAD WEST BETWEEN WATER STREET AND CHIU KWONG STREET WILL BE DESIGNATED AN URBAN CLEARWAY FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM DAILY.

THIS MEASURE WILL LAST FOR ABOUT TWO MONTHS TO FACILITATE ROAD AND DRAINAGE WORKS.

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

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THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES THAT FROM 10 AM ON FRIDAY (SEPTEMBER 29), THE RIGHT TURN FROM KWUN TONG ROAD WESTBOUND ON TO ELEGANCE ROAD WILL BE BANNED.

MOTORISTS TRAVELLING ON KWUN TONG ROAD WESTBOUND HEADING FOR ELEGANCE ROAD WILL BE DIVERTED TO TRAVEL VIA HOI YUEN ROAD, WAI YIP STREET AND LAI YIP STREET.

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

FUTURE OF HOUSING SOCIETY ASSURED: CS ....................... 1

ROYAL VISIT PROGRAMME NOT FINALISED ......................... 1

CONSULTANT ON BILL OF RIGHTS TO ARRIVE SOON ................. 2

CANADIAN JUDGE BRINGING GREAT DEAL OF EXPERIENCE ............ J

COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION WILL BE SOUGHT ON CHINESE

MEDICINE................................................... 4

HKPC PROVIDES VALUABLE INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT SERVICES .......... 5

REWARD FOR INFORMATION ON ORIGIN FRAUD INVOLVING TEXTILES ... 6

STUDY ON EXTENSION OF SCHOOL DENTAL SERVICE NEEDED .......... 7

SEMINAR ON MARITIME RECRUITMENT AND TRAINING ................ 8

WONG TAI SIN TO HOLD CIVIC EDUCATION SEMINAR ................ 9

CARD DESIGN COMPETITION FOR EASTERN STUDENTS ................ 9

SEMINAR ON VOLUNTEER SERVICE BY THE ELDERLY ................. 10

NOMINATIONS INVITED FOR OUTSTANDING YOUTH VOLUNTEERS AWARDS 11

A DECADE OF SAFETY OFFICER TRAINING ......................... 12

CONSTRUCTION SAFETY OFFICE OPENS IN THEN MUN ................ 1J

CSD TACTICAL RESPONSE SQUADRON INAUGURATION PARADE .......... 1?

DEADLINE SOON FOR ENTRY TO TWO ANTI-DRUG RACES .............. 14

CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ON HK ISLAND....... 15

GRADING OF BEACH WATER QUALITY .............................. 19

ID CARD REMINDER FOR MEN BORN IN 19^5-^ ..................... 23

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FUTURE OF HOUSING SOCIETY ASSURED: CS *****

THE FUTURE OF THE HONG KONG HOUSING SOCIETY, WHICH HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF PUBLIC HOUSING FOR WELL OVER 40 YEARS, IS ASSURED,THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE HOUSING SOCIETY'S HEAD OFFICE AT TAI HANG, SIR DAVID SAID THE SOCIETY HAD A FIRMLY COMMITTED ROLE TO PLAY IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE LONG TERM HOUSING STRATEGY.

IN THE PAST YEARS, IT HAD BEEN MUCH INVOLVED IN THE BUILDING OF HIGH-RISE RENTAL ESTATES, URBAN RENEWAL, RURAL PUBLIC HOUSING AND MORE RECENTLY, IN THE PRODUCTION OF FLATS FOR SALE.

"DURING ALL THIS TIME THE SOCIETY HAS MANAGED TO KEEP UP STEADY PRODUCTION, ENTER INTO VENTURES AND EXPAND THE SCOPE OF ITS WORK," SIR DAVID SAID.

"AT THE SAME TIME IT HAS REMAINED SOLVENT, WHICH IS QUITE AN EXCEPTIONAL ACHIEVEMENT.

"THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT OVER THE YEARS, THE SOCIETY HAS MADE A VERY IMPORTANT CONTRIBUTION TO THE HOUSING PROBLEM AND TO THE COMMUNITY OF HONG KONG," HE SAID.

SIR DAVID SAID THE NEW HEAD OFFICE, WHICH STOOD ON LAND RESUMED FOR THE SOCIETY’S URBAN IMPROVEMENT PROJECT AND INCORPORATED TWO TOWERS OF HOME OWNERSHIP FLATS ABOVE IT, WAS AN APT REMINDER OF THE SOCIETY’S ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE PAST, AND MISSION FOR THE FUTURE.

THE OFFICE ALSO DEMONSTRATED CONSIDERABLE ACUMEN ON THE PART OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE IN THAT IT HAD MANAGED TO EXPAND THE FACILITIES, BY MAKING USE OF REDEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES AND WITHOUT INCURRING HEAVY RENTAL PAYMENTS, SIR DAVID NOTED.

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THE PROGRAMME FOR THE VISIT TO HONG KONG BY THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES IN NOVEMBER IS STILL UNDER DISCUSSION AND THE DETAILS ARE NOT FINALISED, THE CHIEF SECRETARY, SIR DAVID FORD, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

SIR DAVID MADE THE REMARKS WHEN ASKED TO RESPOND TO REPORTED ALLEGATIONS BY BRITISH NEWSPAPERS THAT THE ROYAL COUPLE WOULD NOT BE ALLOWED ENTRY TO A VIETNAMESE REFUGEE CAMP WHEN THEY COME HERE.

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SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER OPENING THE HOUSING SOCIETY’S HEAD OFFICE, THE CHIEF SECRETARY SAID: "THE PROGRAMME IS STILL VERY MUCH UNDER DISCUSSION. IT’S NOT BEEN FINALISED AND IT’S REALLY FAR TOO EARLY TO COMMENT ON WHERE THEY MIGHT OR MIGHT NOT GO.”

ASKED IF THERE WAS DIFFICULTY IN THE DRAFTING WORK ON THE BILL OF RIGHTS, BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT HAD APPOINTED A LEGAL EXPERT FROM CANADA TO ADVISE ON THE BILL, SIR DAVID SAID THIS WAS NOT THE CASE.

HONG KONG DID HAVE EXPERIENCED LAWYERS, BUT IT DID NOT HAVE LAWYERS WHO WERE EXPERIENCED IN THE MANAGEMENT OF A BILL OF RIGHTS.

“CANADA DOES HAVE CONSIDERABLE EXPERIENCE IN HAVING A BILL OF RIGHTS AND KNOWING WHAT THE IMPACT OF THAT IS.

“BEFORE WE GET INTO THE DETAILS OF DRAFTING, IT’S OBVIOUSLY USEFUL TO HAVE SOMEONE WHO COMES FROM THAT SORT OF ENVIRONMENT," SIR DAVID SAID.

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CONSULTANT ON BILL OF RIGHTS TO ARRIVE SOON

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MR JUSTICE BARRY STRAYER, OF THE FEDERAL COURT OF CANADA, WILL BE ARRIVING IN EARLY OCTOBER TO TAKE UP A THREE-MONTH APPOINTMENT AS A CONSULTANT TO THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT.

HE WILL BE ASSISTING THE DEPARTMENT IN LEGAL RESEARCH FOR A BILL OF RIGHTS FOR HONG KONG.

MR JUSTICE STRAYER WAS APPOINTED ASSISTANT DEPUTY MINISTER OF JUSTICE IN CANADA IN 1974.

HE WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE PUBLIC LAW BRANCH WHICH DEALS WITH CONSTITUTIONAL LAW, ADMINISTRATIVE LAW, INTERNATIONAL LAW AND HUMAN RIGHTS UNTIL JULY 1983.

IN THIS POSITION, HE WAS THE SENIOR JUSTICE OFFICIAL RESPONSIBLE FOR DEVELOPMENT OF THE CANADIAN HUMAN RIGHTS ACT, ADOPTED IN 1977, AND FOR PREPARATION AND PRESENTATION IN 1980 OF CANADA’S FIRST REPORT TO THE UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE UNDER THE INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS.

HE WAS HEAVILY INVOLVED FOR MANY YEARS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS, THE CONSTITUTIONAL BILL OF RIGHTS ADOPTED BY CANADA IN 1982.

HE WAS APPOINTED A JUDGE OF THE FEDERAL COURT IN 1983 AND HAS SINCE HEARD MANY CASES INVOLVING THE CHARTER.

"AS CANADA HAS ITS OWN BILL OF RIGHTS AND MR JUSTICE STRAYER HAS CONSIDERABLE PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE OF THE OPERATION OF SUCH A BILL WE ARE CONFIDENT THAT HE WILL MAKE A VERY VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION TO OUR WORK.” A SPOKESMAN FOR THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT SAID.

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CANADIAN JUDGE BRINGING GREAT DEAL OF EXPERIENCE ♦ * » ♦ ♦

THE ATTORNEY GENERAL, MR JEREMY MATHEWS, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THE CANADIAN JUDGE WHO WILL BE ASSISTING THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT IN LEGAL RESEARCH FOR A BILL OF RIGHTS WILL BE BRINGING TO HONG KONG ”A GREAT DEAL OF HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE” OF THE WORKINGS OF A HUMAN RIGHTS CHARTER.

"WE REALLY WANT TO TAP INTO THAT HANDS-ON KNOWLEDGE OF HUMAN RIGHTS MATTERS,” HE SAID.

SPEAKING TO REPORTERS AFTER THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE HONG KONG HOUSING SOCIETY’S HEAD OFFICE IN TAI HANG, MR MATHEWS SAID: ”WE ARE UNDERTAKING A GREAT DEAL OF LEGAL RESEARCH INTO A WHOLE RANGE OF VERY COMPLEX LEGAL ISSUES CONNECTED WITH HUMAN RIGHTS.

"MR JUSTICE (BARRY) STRAYER COMES FROM A JURISDICTION THAT HAS VERY RECENTLY INTRODUCED A COMPREHENSIVE BILL OF RIGHTS, THE CANADIAN CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND HE BRINGS A GREAT DEAL OF PRACTICAL HUMAN RIGHTS EXPERIENCE IN TERMS OF ADVISING ON HUMAN RIGHTS LEGISLATION WHICH HE DID IN 1977 AND MORE LATTERLY IN 1982.

"FURTHERMORE, AS A JUDGE SITTING IN THE FEDERAL COURT HE’S HEARD MANY CASES INVOLVING HUMAN RIGHTS CONSIDERATIONS.

’SO HE’LL BE BRINGING TO THE OFFICE A PRACTICAL KNOWLEDGE OF RECENT HUMAN RIGHTS CONSIDERATIONS AND LITIGATION,” MR MATHEWS SAID.

ASKED WHETHER THE APPOINTMENT OF A CANADIAN JUDICIAL OFFICER AS A CONSULTANT MEANT THAT THE CANADIAN BILL OF RIGHTS HAD MORE RELEVANCE TO HONG KONG, THE ATTORNEY GENERAL REPLIED: "IT’S A WORKING BILL OF RIGHTS, IT’S RECENT, IT WAS INTRODUCED IN 1982 AND THAT RECENT EXPERIENCE IS ONE THAT WE ARE VERY ANXIOUS TO TAP INTO."

ON THE QUESTION OF WHETHER THE APPOINTMENT OF AN OVERSEAS EXPERT MEANT THAT HONG KONG LACKED THE NECESSARY EXPERTISE, MR MATHEWS SAID: ”WE HAVE A GREAT DEAL OF EXPERTISE IN THE OFFICE AND WE HAVE A LARGE TEAM OF HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL AND COMPETENT LAWYERS WORKING ON THIS ISSUE BUT, AS I HAVE SAID, WE REALLY NEED TO DRAW ON THE EXPERIENCE OF THOSE WHO HAVE HAD REAL, DAY-TO-DAY APPLICATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES. THAT IS SOMETHING WE HAVE NOT HAD HITHERTO IN HONG KONG.”

MR MATHEWS ALSO TOLD REPORTERS THAT THE TEAM IN THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT WAS WORKING HARD ON THE LEGAL ISSUES WHICH WERE "VERY COMPLEX”.

MR JUSTICE STRAYER, OF THE FEDERAL COURT OF CANADA, WILL BE ARRIVING EARLY NEXT MONTH TO TAKE UP A THREE MONTH APPOINTMENT AS A CONSULTANT TO THE LEGAL DEPARTMENT AND WILL BE ASSISTING THE DEPARTMENT IN LEGAL RESEARCH FOR A BILL OF RIGHTS FOR HONG KONG.

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COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION WILL BE SOUGHT ON CHINESE MEDICINE *****

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING PARTY ON CHINESE MEDICINE, MR NIC ;L SHIPMAN, SAID THIS (THURSDAY) AFTERNOON THAT THE FIRST TASK OF THE WORKING PARTY IS TO OBTAIN COMPREHENSIVE INFORMATION ON THE USE AND PRACTICE OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE IN HONG KONG.

SPEAKING TO THE MEDIA AFTER THE WORKING PARTY'S FIRST MEETING, MR SHIPMAN SAID THAT A SIX TO NINE MONTH WORK PROGRAMME HAD BEEN DRAWN UP FOR THIS PURPOSE.

"ALTHOUGH VARIOUS FORMS OF CHINESE MEDICINE HAVE BEEN USED EXTENSIVELY BY THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, THERE IS NO READILY AVAILABLE OR DOCUMENTED INFORMATION ON THIS SUBJECT.

"WE THEREFORE HAVE TO EXPLORE EVERY POSSIBLE AVENUE TO OBTAIN ACCURATE, UP-TO-DATE AND COMPREHENSIVE DATA," HE SAID.

THE WORK PROGRAMME ENDORSED BY THE WORKING PARTY COMPRISES THE FOLLOWING MEASURES:

(A) A MULTI-DISCIPLINARY TEAM FROM THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG WILL BE ENGAGED TO CONDUCT A STUDY WHICH WILL INCLUDE A SURVEY OF USERS AND PROVIDERS OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE;

(B) MAJOR ASSOCIATIONS AND PRACTITIONERS OF CHINESE MEDICINE WILL BE INVITED TO MAKE SUBMISSIONS, AND GROUP

DISCUSSIONS WITH THEM MAY BE ARRANGED AS AND WHEN

NECESSARY;

(C: PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS OF PRACTITIONERS OF WESTERN MEDICINE SUCH AS THE HONG KONG MEDICAL ASSOCIATION, THE BRITISH MEDICAL ASSOCIATION (HK BRANCH) WILL ALSO BE INVITED TO SEND IN THEIR VIEWS TO THE WORKING PARTY;

(D) CONTACT WILL BE MAINTAINED WITH THE CONSUMER COUNCIL ABOUT COMPLAINTS FROM MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC; AND

(E) I?. FORMATION WILL BE OBTAINED ON THE PRACTICE OF

TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE IN CHINA, TAIWAN, SINGAPORE, ETC. AND ON THE TRAINING AND REGULATION OF PRACTITIONERS IN THESE PLACES.

"WE HOPE TO COMPILE AN INTERIM REPORT ON OUR FINDINGS AT THE END OF THE INITIAL STAGE OF WORK. WE COULD THEN PROCEED TO FORMULATE RECOMMENDATIONS ON THAT BASIS," MR SHIPMAN SAID.

HE ADDED THAT THE WORKING PARTY WOULD AIM AT PROMOTING THE GOOD PRACTICE OF TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE.

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HKPC PROVIDES VALUABLE INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT SERVICES *****

THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL IS PLAYING AN INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT ROLF IN PROVIDING VALUABLE INDUSTRIAL SUPPORT SERVICES TO HONG KONG’S MANUFACTURING SECTOR. THE SECRETARY FOR TRADE AND INDUSTRY, MR JOHN CHAN, SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

MR CHAN WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING OF THE HONG KONG PRODUCTIVITY COUNCIL’S SURFACE MOUNT TECHNOLOGY (SMT) LABORATORY, PHOTO-CHEMICAL MACHINING (PCM) LABORATORY. AND THE RADIO FREQUENCY AND DIGITAL, COMMUNICATION LABORATORY.

HE SAID THE AIM OF THE SMT LABORATORY WAS TO ASSIST LOCAL MANUFACTURERS TO ADOPT AND MASTER THIS TECHNOLOGY QUICKLY AND EFFECTIVELY.

HE POINTED OUT THAT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF SMT USERS IN HONG KONG HAD DOUBLED EVERY YEAR SINCE 1986. WITH ABOUT 120 COMPANIES NOW COMMITTED TO THE USE OF THIS TECHNOLOGY IN THEIR MANUFACTURING, COMPARED WITH LESS THAN 20 IN 1986.

"WHILST I WOULD NOT LIKE TO SUGGEST THAT THE RAPID DEVELOPMENT HAS TAKEN PLACE ONLY BECAUSE OF THE SMT LABORATORY’S FACILITIES, THE LABORATORY HAS ALREADY PROVED ITSELF TO BE A VERY POPULAR SERVICE. AND I AM SURE THAT IT WILL BECOME EVEN MORE SO IN FUTURE." HE SAID.

TURNING TO THE PHOTO-CHEMICAL MACHINING LABORATORY. MR CHAN NOTED THAT THE COUNCIL HAD INVESTED $4.65 MILLION TO ESTABLISH A PCM LABORATORY WHICH WAS EQUIPPED WITH A RANGE OF HIGH PRECISION EQUIPMENT FOR SEMI-COMMERCIAL PRODUCTION OF PCM COMPONENTS.

"THE MAIN OBJECTIVES OF ESTABLISHING A PCM LABORATORY WERE TO PROVIDE MANUFACTURING SUPPORT SERVICES TO LOCAL MANUFACTURERS AND TO ACT AS A TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER AGENT." HE SAID.

"THE PCM UNIT WILL ALSO PROVIDE CONSULTANCY SERVICES TO ASSIST LOCAL MANUFACTURERS TO SET UP THEIR OWN PCM FACILITIES," HE SAID.

ON THE RADIO FREQUENCY AND DIGITAL COMMUNICATION LABORATORY WHICH WAS EQUIPPED WITH MODERN SCREEN ROOMS, MR CHAN SAID THE LABORATORY WOULD ALLOW MANUFACTURERS TO CARRY OUT THEIR OWN DEVELOPMENTAL WORK AND TESTING.

"THE LABORATORY WILL ALSO OFFER CONSULTANCY SERVICES ALONG THE SAME LINES." HE SAID.

"THIS FACILITY WILL BE PARTICULARLY HELPFUL TO NEW COMPANIES WISHING TO ENTER THIS FIELD. AND TO EXISTING FIRMS LOOKING TO DEVELOP INTO NEW PRODUCT AREAS," HE ADDED.

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REWARD FOR INFORMATION ON ORIGIN FRAUD INVOLVING TEXTILES

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AS FROM OCTOBER 1. THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT WILL EXTEND ITS EXISTING REWARD SYSTEM TO THOSE PROVIDING INFORMATION ON FRAUDULENT ACTIVITIES RELATING TO THE ORIGIN OF TEXTILES.

THE PRESENT SCHEME COVERS NARCOTICS. DUTIABLE COMMODITIES AND SMUGGLING OF PROHIBITED GOODS.

UNDER THE NEW ARRANGEMENT. A REWARD EQUIVALENT TO 10 PER CENT OF THE COURT FINE. SUBJECT TO A MAXIMUM OF $10,000 IN EACH CASE. WILL BE GIVEN TO PERSONS PROVIDING INFORMATION LEADING TO THE PROSECUTION AND CONVICTION OF THE OFFENDERS OF ORIGIN FRAUD IN THE EXPORT OE TEXTILES UNDER QUOTA.

THE TYPES OF FRAUD COVERED BY THE SYSTEM INCLUDE FALSE REPRESENTATIONS AS TO COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF TEXTILES IN APPLICATIONS FOR EXPORT LICENCES AND CERTIFICATES OF HONG KONG ORIGIN. AND FALSE LABELLING AS TO COUNTRY OF ORIGIN OF TEXTILES EXPORTS.

THE PRINCIPAL TRADE CONTROLS OFFICER OF THE CUSTOMS TRADE INVESTIGATION BUREAU, MR Y.Y. LEUNG. SAID THE EXTENSION OF THE REWARD SYSTEM WAS PART OF THE DEPARTMENT’S RE-ORGANISATION PROGRAMME. AS A RESULT OF WHICH MORE EMPHASIS WAS PLACED ON INTELLIGENCE GATHERING AS A COST-EFFECTIVE APPROACH TO THE DETECTION OF ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES.

“THE NEW SCHEME ALSO AIMS AT STRENGTHENING CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT OF THE CERTIFICATION OF ORIGIN SYSTEM RELATING TO RESTRAINED TEXTILE EXPORTS.

“IT REFLECTS THE GOVERNMENT’S DETERMINATION TO STAMP OUT THESE ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES RATHER THAN ANY PARTICULAR INCREASE IN THEM." MR LEUNG SAID.

ANYONE WHO WISHES TO SUPPLY INFORMATION ON ANY OF THE FRAUDULENT ACTIVITIES DESIGNATED IN THE SYSTEM MAY APPROACH THE TRADE INVESTIGATION BUREAU OF THE CUSTOMS AND EXCISE DEPARTMENT BY WRITING TO THE PRINCIPAL TRADE CONTROLS OFFICER OF THE BUREAU OR CALLING AT HIS OFFICE AT SEVENTH FLOOR. HARBOUR BUILDING. 38 PIER ROAD, CENTRAL, OR TELEPHONING A HOTLINE NO. 5-8523288.

ALL INFORMATION GIVEN WILL BE TREATED IN THE STRICTEST CONFIDENCE.

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STUDY ON EXTENSION OP *

SCHOOL DENTAL SERVICE NEEDED ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦

LEGISLATIVE COUNCILLOR DR HENRIETTA IP SAID TODA^

THAT THERE WAS A NEED TO TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT THE FEASIBILITY EXTENDING THE PRESENT SCHOOL DENTAL SERVICE TO COVER PRE-SCHOOL AND SECONDARY SCHOOL CHILDREN.

DR IP WAS SPEAKING AT THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE TUEN MUN SCHOOL DENTAL CLINIC.

SHE SAID THE NEED FOR A REVISED FRAMEWORK FOR FUTURE ORAL HEALTH CARE HAD INCREASED DUE TO CHANGES IN ORAL DISEASE PATTERNS, CHANGES IN CONCEPTS OF DISEASE PREVENTION OR INTERVENTION, DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGES AND CHANGES IN ORAL CARE TECHNOLOGY.

’’THE IMPLEMENTATION OF SUCH A PROPOSAL WOULD CONSTITUTE ANOTHER STEP FORWARD IN THE HISTORY OF DEVELOPMENT OF DENTAL SERVICES IN HONG KONG,” SHE SAID.

DR IP DESCRIBED THE PROGRESS OF DENTISTRY IN HONG KONG OVER THE PAST DECADE OR SO AS "VERY IMPRESSIVE”.

FOLLOWING THE SETTING UP OF THE TANG SHIU KIN DENTAL THERAPISTS TRAINING SCHOOL IN 1978. THE SCHOOL DENTAL SERVICE FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN WAS INTRODUCED TWO YEARS LATER, SHE NOTED.

DURING THE SAME YEAR. THE PRINCE PHILIP DENTAL HOSPITAL FOR THE TRAINING OF DENTISTS WAS ESTABLISHED.

BETWEEN 1980 AND 1988, DR IP SAID, FOUR SCHOOL DENTAL CLINICS WERE ESTABLISHED IN HONG KONG AND KOWLOON FOLLOWED BY EARLIER THIS YEAR OF THE ORAL HEALTH EDUCATION UNIT IN ARGYLE STREET, KOWLOON.

EARLIER. THE DIRECTOR OF HEALTH, DR S.H. LEE, SAID THE SCHOOL DENTAL SERVICE SCHEME HAD BEEN RECOGNISED AS A SIMPLE. EFFICIENT AND COST-EFFECTIVE DENTAL SERVICE FOR CHILDREN IN HONG KONG.

SINCE ITS INTRODUCTION IN 1980, THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS HAD SOARED FROM 27.000 TO 370,000. HE SAID.

AS A RESULT. PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN HAD 30 PER CENT LESS DENTAL DECAY THAN THEY DID AT THE BEGINNING OF 1980, AND PARTICIPANTS

OF' THE SCHEME HAD 50 PER CENT FEWER DECAYED TEETH COMPARED WITH

NON-PARTICIPANTS AS SHOWN IN RECENT SURVEYS.

TURNING TO THE NEW SCHOOL CLINIC. DR LEE SAID IT FORMED PART

OF THE GOVERNMENT’S OVERALL PLAN TO DEVELOP SCHOOL DENTAL CLINICS ON

A REGIONAL BASIS.

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THE CLINIC CONSISTED OF 30 TREATMENT CUBICLES OPERATED BY DENT-.. THERAPISTS. TWO DENTAL OFFICER SURGERIES. AN X-RAY ROOM UI !H AN ADJOINING DARK ROOM, A PLASTER ROOM. A CENTRAL DISPENSARi \ND STERILISING AREA, TWO TOOTH-BRUSHI NG BAYS AND A DENTAL HEALTH EDUCATION ROOM. HE SAID.

ON FUTURE PLANS. DR LEE SAID THREE MORE CLINICS WOULD BE BUILT IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF THE DENTAL SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE MEDICAL DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE. CHILDREN IN HONG KONG WOULD CONI INUE TO ENJOY BETTER ORAL HEALTH IN THE YEARS TO COME. HE SAID.

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A ONE-DAY SEMINAR ON MARITIME RECRUITMENT AND TRAINING FOR THE HONG KONG SHIPPING INDUSTRY WILL BE HELD TOMORROW (FRIDAY).

THE SEMINAR IS JOINTLY SPONSORED BY THE MARINE DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG SHIPOWNERS ASSOCIATION TO EXAMINE WAYS IN WHICH RECRUITMENT AND TRAINING FOR THE SEAFARING INDUSTRY SHOULD BE STIMULATED.

THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR DERICK HALL, WILL DELIVER THE OPENING ADDRESS AS CHAIRMAN OF THE SEMINAR.

THERE WILL BE A HOST OF OTHER SPEAKERS TO PRESENT A VARIETY OF PAPERS DURING THE SEMINAR. AMONG THEM WILL BE THE FORMER DEPUTY SECRETARY OF THE EDUCATION AND MANPOWER BRANCH OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, MR DOMINIC WONG (WHO IS NOW POSTMASTER GENERAL); THE DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG SHIPOWNERS ASSOCIATION, MR MICHAEL FARLIE; THE PRINCIPAL SURVEYOR (NAUTICAL) OF THE MARINE DEPARTMENT, MR TONY JESTICO; AND THE HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT OF NAUTICAL STUDIES, MR K.M. WALLACE, AND HEAD OF THE MECHANICAL AND MARINE ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT, MR T.P. LEUNG, BOTH OF THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC.

THE SEMINAR WILL BEGIN AT 9 AM TOMORROW IN THE OLD LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER IN THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO COVER THE SEMINAR ON MARITIME RECRUITMENT AND TRAINING FOR THE HONG KONG SHIPPING INDUSTRY WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 9 AM TOMORROW (FRIDAY) IN THE OLD LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL CHAMBER IN THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES.

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WONG TAI SIN TO HOLD CIVIC EDUCATION SEMINAR

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A SEMINAR ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION WILL BE HELD IN WONG TAI SIN ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 2), BEGINNING AT 7.30 PM AT THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE. 104 CHING TAK STREET.

THE SEMINAR IS ORGANISED BY THE WORKING GROUP ON PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION IN WONG TAI SIN UNDER THE DISTRICT BOARD’S COMMUNITY BUILDING COMMITTEE.

ABOUT 300 MEMBERS OF THE DISTRICT’S AREA COMMITTEES AND MUTUAL AID COMMITTEES, AS WELL AS LOCAL RESIDENTS WILL TAKE PART IN THE SEMINAR, A SPOKESMAN FOR THE WORKING GROUP SAID TODAY (THURSDAY).

A MEMBER OF THE COMMITTEE ON PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION, MR CHAN WING-TAI, AND A COMMITTEE MEMBER OF THE HONG KONG BAR ASSOCIATION, MR ANTONY NEOH, WILL SPEAK AT THE SEMINAR.

"THE TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION WILL BE RELATED TO THIS YEAR'S THEMES DESIGNATED BY THE COMMITTEE ON PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION, THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

THE THEMES ARE TO ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO HAVE A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF, AND PARTICIPATE IN, LOCAL POLITICAL AND COMMUNITY AFFAIRS, AND TO PROMOTE THE SPIRIT OF THE RULE OF LAW.

OFFICIATING GUESTS AT THE SEMINAR WILL BE WONG TAI SIN DISTRI T BOARD CHAIRMAN, DR MICHAEL LEE; ASSISTANT DISTRICT OFFICER, MR Wil ,1AM KWAN: AND CHAIRMAN OF THE WORKING GROUP ON PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION IN WONG TAI SIN, MR ALBERT LI.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVES ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SEMINAR ON THE PROMOTION OF CIVIC EDUCATION IN WONG TAI SIN WHICH WILL BEGIN AT 7.30 PM ON MONDAY (OCTOBER 2) AT THE WONG TAI SIN COMMUNITY CENTRE, 104 CHING TAI STREET.

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CARD DESIGN COMPETITION FOR EASTERN STUDENTS

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A CARD DESIGN COMPETITION AIMED AT ENCOURAGING STUDENTS TO SHOW RESPECT FOR THEIR TEACHERS AND CARE FOR FELLOW STUDENTS IS BEING HELD IN THE EASTERN DISTRICT.

THE COMPETITION IS ORGANISED BY THE EASTERN DISTRICT SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE AND SPONSORED BY THE DISTRICT BOARD. IT IS DIVIDED INTO PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SECTIONS.

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THE DRAWINGS SHOULD BE MADE ON A4 SIZE PAPER WITH WORDINGS HONOURING TEACHERS OR EXPRESSING APPRECIATION FOR SCHOOLMATES.

THE FIRST THREE WINNERS OF EACH SECTION WILL BE COUPONS OF $300, $200 AND $100 RESPECTIVELY, WHILE

CERTIFICATES WILL BE PRESENTED TO SEVEN OTHER WHO ENTERED DISTINGUISHED DESIGNS.

AWARDED BOOK COMMENDATION PARTICIPANTS

STUDENTS WHO WISH TO JOIN THE COMPETITION SHOULD SEND IN THEIR ENTRIES, TOGETHER WITH THEIR PERSONAL PARTICULARS, TO THE EASTERN DISTRICT SCHOOL LIAISON COMMITTEE AT THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, GROUND FLOOR, 880-886 KING’S ROAD, BEFORE OCTOBER 16.

TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-614649.

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SEMINAR ON VOLUNTEER SERVICE BY THE ELDERLY ******

ABOUT 200 ELDERLY VOLUNTEERS WILL ATTEND A SEMINAR ON VOLUNTEER SERVICE BY THE ELDERLY TO BE HELD BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT ON SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 30).

THE SEMINAR. THE FIRST OF ITS KIND, IS INTENDED TO IMPROVE THE KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS OF ELDERLY VOLUNTEERS AND TO PROVIDE A VENUE FOR MUTUAL EXCHANGE OF EXPERIENCE IN VOLUNTEER WORK.

THERE WILL BE A FILM SHOW, TALKS AND DISCUSSION AT THE SEMINAR.

THE PANEL OF SPEAKERS WILL INCLUDE THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE ST. JAMES’ SETTLEMENT, MRS GRACE WAN; A LECTURER AT THE CHINESE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG, DR LAM MONG-CHAU: AND AN ELDERLY VOLUNTEER, MADAM CHAN YUK.

THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE, MR ALFRED CHUI, WILL OFFICIATE AT THE OPENING CEREMONY.

THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON ELDERLY SERVICE HAD RECOMMENDED IN A REPORT LAST YEAR THAT VOLUNTEER WORK BY THE ELDERLY SHOULD BE PROMOTED SO THAT THE SENIOR CITIZENS’ POTENTIAL, WISDOM AND EXPERIENCE COULD CONTINUE TO BE OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE SEMINAR ON VOLUNTEER SERVICE BY THE ELDERLY ON THE FOURTH FLOOR, HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE, WAN CHAI, AT 9.30 AM ON SATURDAY.

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NOMINATIONS INVITED FOR OUTSTANDING YOUTH VOLUNTEERS AWARDS * * * * *

NOMINATION IS NOW OPEN FOR "THE OUTSTANDING YOUTH VOLUNTEERS AWARDS" ORGANISED BY RADIO TELEVISION HONG KONG TO SHOW APPRECIATION TO THOSE YOUNG PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACTIVELY PARTICIPATED IN VOLUNTARY SERVICES.

THE AWARD SCHEME IS CO-ORGANISED BY THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT. THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE. THE AGENCY FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE AND THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS, AND SPONSORED BY THE ROYAL HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB.

CANDIDATES SHOULD BE AGED BETWEEN 12 AND 25, AND NOMINATED BY THE AGENCY OR ORGANISATION TO WHICH THEY RENDERED VOLUNTARY SERVICES.

"THE AWARD IS AMONG THE PROMOTIONAL ACTIVITIES FOR RTHK1S NEW TELEVISION SERIES. 'YOUTH 90’. WHICH WILL BE SCREENED IN JANUARY NEXT YEAR," THE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING, MISS MARIA WAN, TOLD A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY (THURSDAY).

"TODAY’S YOUNG PEOPLE ARE TOMORROW’S FUTURE," SHE SAID. "IT IS HOPED THAT. THROUGH THE AWARD SCHEME. YOUNG PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO SHARE THE EXPERIENCES OF THE OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEERS, AND TAKE MORE INTEREST IN CONTRIBUTING TOWARDS SOCIETY."

THE ADJUDICATORS FOR THE AWARD SCHEME WILL BE LEGISLATIVE COUNC' ,LOR AND DIRECTOR OF THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE. MR HU YIN-FAT: ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF BROADCASTING, MISS MARIA WAN; ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL WELFARE. MR KWOK KA-CH1; MEMBER OF THE AGENCY FO VOLUNTEER SERVICE. MR LEE JARK-PUI; MEMBER OF THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS. MR PAO PING-WING: AND MEMBER OF THE CENTRAL COMMITTEE ON YOUTH. MR KWOK KAR-MING.

TilEY WILL JUDGE THE CANDIDATES BA THEIR PERFORMANCE, AND THEIR KNOWLEDGE OF \NI) ATTITUDE TOWARDS SOCIAL SERVICES. THE SELECTED CANDIDATES WILL EACH RECEIVE A SCHOLARSHIP WORTH S3,000 AND A TROPHY.

NOMINATION FORMS CAN BE OBTAINED FROM RTHK, DISTRICT YOUTH OFFICES OF THE SOCIAL WELFARE DEPARTMENT. THE HONG KONG COUNCIL OF SOCIAL SERVICE. THE AGENCY FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE. THE NARCOTICS DIVISION OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT AND ALL DISTRICT OFFICES.

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A DECADE OF SAFETY OFFICER TRAINING *****

MORE THAN 1,000 INDUSTRIAL PERSONNEL HAVE RECEIVED FORMAL TRAINING IN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY IN THE PAST DECADE UNDER A SAFETY OFFICERS TRAINING PROGRAMME JOINTLY ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT.

THE PROGRAMME, WHICH STARTED IN 1979, PROVIDES A ONE-YEAR CERTIFICATE OF PROFICIENCY IN AN INDUSTRIAL SAFETY COURSE FOR MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISORY STAFF IN VARIOUS INDUSTRIES.

IT IS ALSO THE FIRST FORMAL INDUSTRIAL SAFETY COURSE PROVIDED IN HONG KONG WHICH LEADS TO AN ACADEMIC AWARD.

THE COURSE EQUIPS PARTICIPANTS WITH THE NECESSARY KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS IN ACCIDENT PREVENTION AND SAFETY MANAGEMENT ESSENTIAL TO PROMOTING THE OVERALL STANDARD OF INDUSTRIAL SAFETY.

GRADUATES OF THE COURSE ARE RECOGNISED BY THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT AS SATISFYING THE ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION FOR REGISTRATION AS SAFETY OFFICERS IN HONG KONG.

AS A RESULT OF THE OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FROM EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES, THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC OFFERS TWO ADVANCED COURSES IN CONSTRUCTION AND MANUFACTURING FOR THE CERTIFICATE COURSE GRADUATES, BEGINNING FROM 1986.

TO MARK THE 1OTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SAFETY OFFICERS COURSES, THE L BOUR DEPARTMENT, THE HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC AND THE HONG KONG INDUSTRIAL SAFETY ASSOCIATION WILL JOINTLY ORGANISE A LARGE-SCALE SEMINAR AND DINNER PARTY THIS (THURSDAY) EVENING AT THE NEW WORLD HOTEL, TS1M SHA TSUI.

GUEST SPEAKERS INVITED TO TALK ON THE ROLE AND GROWTH OF SAFETY OFFICERS AS WELL AS SAFETY EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN HONG KONG INCLUDE THE CHIEF FACTORY INSPECTOR OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, MR YIP YUK-LUN; HONG KONG POLYTECHNIC LECTURER, MR LO HON-YEUNG; AND CHAIRMAN OF THE LONG KONG INDUSTRIAL SAFETY ASSOCIATION, MR PETER YU.

THE CHAIRMAN OF THE POLYTECHNIC COUNCIL, MR STEPHEN CHEONG, WILL PRESENT SOUVENIRS AFTER THE SEMINAR.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

THE SEMINAR TO MARK THE 1OTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SAFETY OFFICERS COURSES WILL BEGIN AT 6.30 PM AND MR STEPHEN CHEONG WILL PRESENT THE SOUVENIRS TODAY (THURSDAY) AT 8 PM IN THE FOUR SEASONS ROOM, SECOND FLOOR, NEW WORLD HOTEL, TSIM SHA TSUI.

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE SEMINAR AND THE SOUVENIR PRESENTATION CEREMONY.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 2*.

CONSTRUCTION SAFETY OFFICE OPENS IN TUEN MUN ♦ * * ♦ *

THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT HAS RECENTLY SET UP A NEW OFFICE N TUEN MUN TO DEAL WITH SAFETY IN CONSTRUCTION WORK IN THE TUEN MUN AND YUEN LONG DISTRICTS.

THE NEW BUILDING AND ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION DIVISIONAL OFFICE OF THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE DIVISION IS LOCATED ON THE FIRST FLOOR OF TUEN MUN GOVERNMENT OFFICES, 1 TUEN HI ROAD.

IT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ENFORCEMENT OF THE FACTORIES AND INDUSTRIAL UNDERTAKINGS ORDINANCE INCLUDING INSPECTION OF CONSTRUCTION SITES, INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT INVESTIGATION AND ADVISING EMPLOYERS AND WORKERS ON HOW TO ELIMINATE POTENTIAL HAZARDS.

TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES ON INDUSTRIAL SAFETY AND HEALTH CAN BE MADE TO THE OFFICE ON 0-4511143.

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CSD TACTICAL RESPONSE SQUADRON INAUGURATION PARADE ♦ » I » *

THE TACTICAL RESPONSE SQUADRON (TRS) OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT WILL HOLD AN INAUGURATION PARADE AT THE DEPARTMENT’S STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY TOMORROW AFTERNOON (FRIDAY).

THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE. MR RAYMON ANNING, WILL TAKE THE SALUTE AT THE PARADE.

THE FIRST TRS TRAINING COURSE WAS INTRODUCED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN AUGUST 1985. WITH 75 TRAINEES. SUBSEQUENTLY. 275 MEMBERS HAVE BEEN TRAINED AND POSTED AT VARIOUS INSTITUTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT.

THE TRS NOT ONLY PROVIDES AN INSTANT REINFORCEMENT IN THE EVENT OF EMERGENCY, BUT ALSO RENDERS ASSISTANCE TO THE MANAGEMENT AND STAFF WORKING IN PENAL INSTITUTIONS, AND IN VIETNAMESE REFUGEE AND BOAT PEOPLE CENTRES.

ON PARADE TOMORROW WILL BE 126 TRS MEMBERS AND EIGHT TRAINED DOGS OF THE DEPARTMENT’S DOG UNIT.

NOTE TO EDITORS:

YOU ARE INVITED TO COVER THE INAUGURATION PARADE OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT’S TACTICAL RESPONSE SQUADRON TOMORROW (FRIDAY) AT THE STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE. 47 TUNG TAU WAN ROAD. STANLEY. IT WILL BEGIN AT 4 PM.

PRESS TRANSPORT WILL BE PROVIDED. THOSE WHO WISH TO USE THE SERVICE SHOULD ASSEMBLE AT 3 PM AT THE GROUND FLOOR, WANCHAI TOWER 1, 12 HARBOUR ROAD. WAN CHAI.

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DEADLINE SOON FOR ENTRY TO TWO ANTI-DRUG RACES

*****

RESIDENTS WISHING TO JOIN AN ANTI-DRUG MODEL CAR RACE AND A LONG RUN TO BE HELD NEXT MONTH ARE REMINDED TODAY (THURSDAY) TO SEND IN THEIR ENTRIES BEFORE THE DEADLINES ON OCTOBER 3 AND OCTOBER 5 RESPECTIVELY.

THE EVENTS, BEING ORGANISED BY THE ACTION COMMITTEE AGAINST NARCOTICS AND ITS YOUTH VOLUNTEER GROUP RESPECTIVELY, ARE TO BE HELD AS PART OF THE "THE ROAD TO A HAPPY LIFE" ANTI-DRUG PROGRAMME THIS YEAR TO ADVISE RESIDENTS TO STAY AWAY FROM DRUGS AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO TAKE PART IN HEALTHY PURSUITS,

THE MODEL CAR RACE IS CO-ORGANISED BY THE HONG KONG RADIO CONTROL MODEL CAR ASSOCIATION (HKRCMA).

WITH "THROUGH THE BARRICADES" AS ITS THEME, THE RACE FOR 1/8 SCALE RADIO-CONTROLLED, COMBUSTION-ENGINED MODEL CARS WILL BE HELD AT THE SOUTHORN PLAYGROUND IN WAN CHAI ON OCTOBER 15 (SUNDAY).

AFTER A PRELIMINARY SELECTION, FOUR GROUPS OF PARTICIPANTS WILL BE SHORTLISTED FOR THE FINAL.

WINNERS WILL BE AWARDED PRIZES WHILE ALL ENTRANTS WILL BE GIVEN A SOUVENIR.

THE ANTI-DRUG LONG RUN WILL BE HELD AT THE ABERDEEN COUNTRY PARK ON OCTOBER 22 (SUNDAY). IT IS DIVIDED INTO THREE DIVISIONS: MEN'S. WOMEN’S AND GROUP. THE RUNNERS MUST BE AGED 18 OR ABOVE, AND THOSE WISHING TO TAKE PART IN THE GROUP DIVISION MUST FORM A FIVE-PERSON TEAM TO ENTER THE COMPETITION.

ENTRANTS FOR THE INDIVIDUAL DIVISIONS WILL HAVE TO FINISH A FULL COURSE OF ABOUT SIX KILOMETRES LONG WHILE THE DISTANCE FOR THE GROUP DIVISION WILL BE 14 KILOMETRES.

TROPHIES AND GIFT COUPONS WILL BE AWARDED TO THE FIRST THREE WINNERS IN EACH DIVISION.

IN ADDITION TO BEING AVAILABLE AT THE NARCOTICS DIVISION OF THE GOVERNMENT SECRETARIAT, 23RD FLOOR, QUEENSWAY GOVERNMENT OFFICES, CENTRAL, THE ENTRY FORMS FOR THE MODEL CAR RACE ARE ALSO OBTAINABLE FROM THE HKRCMA ON THE GROUND FLOOR, 252 HENNESSY ROAD, WAN CHAI.

THOSE INTERESTED IN THE LONG RUN CAN OBTAIN ENTRY FORMS FROM ALL DISTRICT OFFICES AND SUB-OFFICES.

COMPLETED FORMS FOR THE TWO EVENTS CAN BE RETURNED EITHER IN PERSON OR BY MAIL TO THE NARCOTICS DIVISION.

TELEPHONE ENQUIRIES CAN BE MADE ON 5-8672760-6.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1989

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CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS ON HE ISLAND

i * t » ♦

SPECIAL TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED ON HONG KONG ISLAND FOR THE CHUNG YEUNG FESTIVAL WHICH FALLS ON OCTOBER 8 (SUNDAY) THIS YEAR.

UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED. THE FOLLOWING TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM ON OCTOBER 8 AND 9.

CHAI WAN AREA

ROAD CLOSURES

THE FOLLOWING ROADS WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC:

» CAPE COLLINSON ROAD EAST OF LIN SHING ROAD EXCEPT FOR GREEN MINIBUS ROUTE 18M AND HEARSES.

« THE SLIP ROAD LEADING TO THE GARDEN OF REMEMBRANCE AND CREMATORIUM FROM CAPE COLLINSON ROAD EXCEPT FOR HEARSES AND VEHICLES CARRYING PASSENGERS TO SERVICES AT THE CREMATORIUM.

» THE SLIP ROAD LEADING TO CHAI WAN CHINESE PERMANENT CEMETERY.

» CAPE COLLINSON ROAD AND LIN SHING ROAD MAY BE CLOSED DEPENDING ON THE TRAFFIC CONDITIONS.

RE-ROUTEINGS

t CAPE COLLINSON ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY WESTBOUND FROM LIN SHING ROAD TO SHEK 0 ROAD.

* LIN SHING ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND FROM WAN TSUI ROAD TO CAPE COLLINSON ROAD.

» THE EASTERN SECTION OF WAN TSUI ROAD WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY WESTBOUND FROM CHAI WAN ROAD TO FEI TSUI ROAD.

PARKING

NO PARKING WILL BE PERMITTED FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM ON SEPTEMBER 30 AND ON OCTOBER 1. 8, 9, 11 AND 15 IN WAN TSUI ROAD. CAPE COLLINSON ROAD, LIN SHING ROAD AND SHEK 0 ROAD BETWEEN TAJ TAM GAP CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTION AND TAI TAM ROAD.

/BAN ON .......

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER ?8, 1989

16 -

BAN ON TAXIS, PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES AND PRIVATE CARS

CARS WILL NOT BE

ROAD EXCEPT FOR ON OCTOBER 8 AND 9.

ALL TAXIS. PUBLIC LIGHT BUSES AND PRIVATE ALLOWED TO ENTER LIN SHING ROAD FOR CAPE COLLINSON LOCAL ACCESS TO WAN TSUI ESTATE FROM 10 AM TO 3 PM

THESE VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS IN WAN TSUI ROAD BETWEEN LIN SHING ROAD AND FEI TSUI ROAD BUT PUBLIC ^'HT BUSES WILL BI NOT ALLOWED TO STOP FOR PASSENGERS IN WAN I SU I ROAD BETWEEN ITS EASTERN JUNCTION WITH CHAI WAN ROAD AND LIN SHING ROAD.

BUS SERVICES

t SPECIAL SERVICES ON OCTOBER 8 AND 9

- CMB ROUTE 388 PLYING BETWEEN CHAI WAN MTR BUS TERMINUS AND CHAI WAN CEMETERY (CIRCULAR) WILL OPERATE BETWEEN 7 AM AND 5.40 PM AT FIVE-MINUTE INTERVALS.

- CMB ROUTE 389 PLYING BETWEEN SHAU KEI WAN BUS TERMINUS AND CHAI WAN CEMETERY (CIRCULAR) WILL OPERATE FROM 7 AM 10 5.54 PM AT SIX-MINUTE INTERVALS.

* BUS STOPS

- THE BUS STOP ON WAN TSUI ROAD WEST OF CHAI WAN ROAD (NEAR WAN TSUI ESTATE) WILL BE SUSPENDED.

- THE BUS STOP ON WAN TSUI ROAD EAST OF LIN SHING ROAD WILL

BE RESITED ABOUT 40 METRES WESTWARDS TO NEAR FEI TSUI

ROAD.

- A TEMPORARY BUS STOP WILL BE PROVIDED ON CHAI WAN ROAD

EAST OF HONG MAN STREET FOR EASTBOUND BUSES OF THE AFFECTED ROUTES.

- A TEMPORARY BUS STOP WILL BE PROVIDED ON LIN SHING ROAD BETWEEN WAN TSUI ROAD AND WAH HA STREET FOR CMB ROUTES 388 AND 389.

4 BUS DIVERSIONS

- CMB ROUTES 80. 81. 82, 83, 84, 780 AND CROSS HARBOUR ROUTES 106 AND 606 ON THEIR JOURNEYS TO CHAI WAN WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO OPERATE ALONG CHAI WAN ROAD OMITTING WAN TSUI ROAD.

- CMB ROUTES 8 1 AND 8 IM ON LEAVING HING WAH ESTATE WILL BE RE-ROUTED VIA THE WESTERN SECTION (INSTEAD OF EASTERN SECTION) OF WAN TSUI ROAD BETWEEN FEI TSUI ROAD AND CHAI WAN ROAD ONTO CHAI WAN ROAD.

CMB ROUTES .......

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- CMB ROUTES 81 AND 81M ON THEIR JOURNEYS TO HING WAH ESTATE WILL BE DIVERTED VIA CHAI WAN ROAD AND THE WESTERN SECTION OF WAN TSUI ROAD.

GREEN MINIBUS SERVICES

ROUTE IBM ON ITS JOURNEYS TO THE CHAI WAN MTR STATION WILL BE RE-ROUTED TO OPERATE ALONG TAI TAM ROAD AND CHAI WAN ROAD OMITTING SHEK 0 ROAD. CAPE COLLINSON ROAD. LIN SHING ROAD AND WAN TSUI ROAD.

* ROUTE 18M ON ITS JOURNEYS TO THE CHAI WAN MTR STATION WILL BE RE-ROUTED VIA CAPE COLLINSON ROAD WEST OF LIN SHING ROAD, SHEK 0 ROAD, TAI TAM ROAD AND CHAI WAN ROAD OMITTING LIN SHING ROAD AND WAN TSUI ROAD.

THE ABOVE TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN CHAI WAN MAY ALSO BE IMPLEMENTED ON SEPTEMBER 30 AND OCTOBER 1, 14 AND 15 IF NECESSARY.

POK FU LAM AREA

RE-ROUTEING

CONSORT RISE WILL BE RE-ROUTED ONE-WAY SOUTHBOUND FROM VICTORIA ROAD TO BISNEY ROAD.

SPECIAL BUS SERVICES

ON OCTOBER 8 AND 9, CMB ROUTE 357 RUNNING BETWEEN CENTRAL (EXCHANGE SQUARE) AND CHINESE CHRISTIAN CEMETERY (CIRCULAR) WILL OPERATE BETWEEN 7 AM AND 5.52 PM AT A FREQUENCY OF SEVEN TO EIGHT MINUTES.

ABERDEEN AREA

ROAD CLOSURES

THE FOLLOWING ROADS WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC:

t PEEL RISE IN THE VICINITY OF ABERDEEN CHINESE CEMETERY.

* THE SLIP ROAD FROM SHEK PAI WAN ROAD LEADING TO ABERDEEN CHINESE CEMETERY.

HAPPY VALLEY AREA

THE BUS STOP ON WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD NORTHBOUND NEAR HAU TAK LANE WILL BE SUSPENDED.

THE TRAM ........

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1989

18

TRAM : ROYAL ABOUT

* THE

THE

FOR

STOP ON WONG NAI CHUNG ROAD NORTHBOUND OPPOSITE TO HONG KONG JOCKEY CLUB WILL BE RESITED NORTHWARDS 30 METRES.

PEAK AREA

ROAD CLOSURE

MOUNT AUSTIN

ROAD WILL BE CLOSED TO TRAFFIC EXCEPT

VEHICLES

REQUIRING LOCAL ACCESS.

RE-ROUTEING

THE SECTION OF PEAK ROAD OUTSIDE THE UPPER CARPARK AND THE ACCESS ROAD WITHIN THE CARPARK ONE-WAY CLOCKWISE.

PEAK TRAM

WILL BE

TERMINUS RE-ROUTED

BUS SERVICES ON OCTOBER 8 AND 9

t

ROUTE 15B PLYING BETWEEN OPERATE BETWEEN 8 AM AND MINUTES.

CAUSEWAY

7.40 PM

BAY

AT

AND THE PEAK WILL

AN INTERVAL OF 20

ROUTE 15M PLYING BETWEEN

ADMIRALTY

THE PEAK WILL OPERATE BETWEEN 8 AM FREQUENCY OF 12 MINUTES.

MTR

AND

STATION (EAST) 7.12 PM AT A

AND

PEAK

PARKING

t

ALL PARKING SPACES AT PEAK GARDEN WILL

BE SUSPENDED.

FOR

UPPER

t

ALL PARKING FACILITIES EXCEPT THE DESIGNATED SPACES FRANCHISED BUSES. GREEN MINIBUSES AND TAXIS AT THE PEAK TRAM TERMINUS WILL BE SUSPENDED.

t

ALL METERED PARKING SPACES IMMEDIATELY ADJACENT TO THE UPPER PEAK TRAM TERMINUS WILL BE SUSPENDED.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1989

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GRADING OF BEACH WATER QUALITY * * * ♦ ♦

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE SYSTEM FOR GRADING BEACH WATER QUALITY IS AS FOLLOWS:

”A” GRADE INDICATES THAT THE WATER QUALITY IS GOOD. THE MEAN E. COLI COUNT IS LESS THAN 100 PER 100 MILLILITRES AT EACH BEACH SO GRADED, AND THE EXPECTED HEALTH RISK IS LESS THAN SEVEN CASES OF MINOR ILLNESS PER 1.000 SWIMMERS.

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

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

/THE DECISION ........

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THE DECISION WHETHER OK NOT TO ^OSE A BEACH TO SWIMMERS IS BASED ON A JUDGEMENT OF WHAT DEGREE OF POLLUTION IS ACCEPTABLE.

, A RBCOMHENDAT1ON OK CLOSURE.WOULP^ONL^BE rCONSIDERED

NORMALLY, .. .---------- „„

BY THE URBAN OR REGIONAL COUNCIL IF A C GRADING

SO THAT THE AVERAGE HEALTH RISK OVER THE BATHING

SEASON

EXCEEDED 15

CASES PER 1,000 SWIMMERS.

SIMILARLY, A RECOMMENDATION TO RE-OPEN A ONLY BE CONSIDERED IF A "B" GRADE OR BETTER.

OBTAINED.

CLOSED

WERE

BEACH WOULD CONSISTENTLY

DECLARED UNSUITABLE

XT PRFqPNT SIX BATHING BEACHES HAVE BEEN -----

: old

CAFETERIA, ROCKY BAY AND TING

FAECAL WASTES AND

THEY ARE POLLUTED BY

CONSISTENTLY THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION AND HONG THE PUBLIC ARE ADVISED NOT TO SWIM IN THESE SIX IDENTIFIED BY AN "X” IN THE FOLLOWING 1ABLE.

FAIL

KONG

TO ACHIEVE

BEACHES.

STANDARDS.

THEY ARE

KAU .

THE GRADES ON THE BACTERIAL WATER OUALITY OF VARIOUS BEACHES IN HONG KONG AS AT TODAY AND TWO WEEKS AGO ARE LISTED BELO .

BEACH

LAST GRADING

PRESENT GRADING

(AS AT 14.9.89)

(AS AT 28.9.89)

HONG KONG SOUTH

BIG WAVE BAY

A

A

CHUNG HOM KOK

A

A

DEEP WATER BAY

A

A

HAIRPIN

A

A

MIDDLE BAY

A

REPULSE BAY

A

A

SHEK O

B

B

SOUTH BAY

A

A

ST STEPHEN’S

A

A

TURTLE COVE

A

A

STANLEY MAIN

B

A

/ROCKY BAY ........

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER ?8, ^989


ROCKY BAY

X

TO TEI WAN*

ISLANDS DISTRICT

CHEUNG SHA UPPER

CHEUNG SHA LOWER

DISCOVERY BAY*

HUNG SHING YEH

KWUN YAM WAN

TONG FUK

LO SO SHING

PUI O

SILVERMINE BAY

TUNG WAN, CHEUNG CHAU

TUNG O*

SAI KUNG DISTRICT

CAMPERS

CLEAR WATER BAY 1ST BEACH

CLEAR WATER BAY 2ND BEACH

HAP MUN BAY

KIU TSUI

PAK SHA CHAU

SILVERSTRAND

TRIO (HEBE HAVEN)

A

A

A

A

A

A

A

A

X

A

A

A

A

A

A

A

A

A

A

/TSUEN WAN ........

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 1989

TSUEN WAN DISTRICT 22

ANGLERS’ X X

APPROACH A A

CASAM A A

GEMINI A A

HOI MEI WAN B A

LIDO A A

TING KAU X X

TUNG WAN, MA WAN A A

TUEN MUN DISTRICT

OLD CAFETERIA X X

NEW CAFETERIA B B

CASTLE PEAK X X

KADOOR1E B B

BUTTERFLY B B

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

* NON-GAZETTED BEACHES.

THE FOLLOWING BEACHES HAVE CHANGED GRADING ON THIS OCCASION:

CHEUNG SHA LOWER, CLEAR WATER BAY 1ST BEACH, SILVERSTRAND AND HOI MEI WAN, FROM ”B" TO "A": AND STANLEY MAIN, FROM "A” TO ”B”.

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

NOTE TO EDITORS:

FOR FURTHER ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT MR PAUL R. HOLMES, PRINCIPAL ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION OFFICER (WATER POLICY) OF THE EPD, ON TEL. 5-8351234 .

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28. 1980

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ID CARD REMINDER FOR MEN BORN IN 1945-48

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THE IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT TODAY (THURSDAY) REMINDED MEN BORN IN 1945, 1946, 1947 OR 1948 TO APPLY FOR NEW IDENTITY CARDS BEFORE OCTOBER 21 THIS YEAR.

"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, SHA TIN TEL. NO. 0-6059108

YUEN LONG : HOP YICK CENTRE, SECOND FLOOR, 31 HOP YICK ROAD TEL. NO. 0-4771543

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TUEN MUN

SHEUNG SHUT

THE SPOKESMAN ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

: CHI LOK COMMERCIAL CENTRE, GROUND FLOOR, CHI LOK FA YUEN

TEL. NO. 0-4580862

: TSUEN WO TAI LAU, GROUND FLOOR, 82-84 SAN FUNG AVENUE, SHEK WU HUI

TEL. NO. 0-6727191

REITERATED THAT THERE WOULD BE NO AMNESTY FOR

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DAILY INFORMATION BULLETIN

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

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1989

CONTENTS PAGE NO.

THIRTEENTH MEETING OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT LIAISON GROUP .. 1

GOVERNOR ATTENDS PRC NATIONAL DAY RECEPTION .................... 1

EXCO APPROVES PROPOSED TOP MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE OF HOSPITAL AUTHORITY ...................................................... 2

SEAGOING CAREER SHOULD BE MADE ATTRACTIVE TO YOUNG PEOPLE ... 3

HK'S IVORY CONTROL MAY BE STRICTEST IN WORLD ..................  4

SPECIAL STAMP ISSUE ON ROYAL VISIT ............................. 7

CSD'S TACTICAL RESPONSE SQUADRON HIGHLY TRAINED AND DISCIPLINED..................................................... 7

POSITIVE SIGNS OF IMPROVED LABOUR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS........ 8

TWO CASES OF CHOLERA CONFIRMED.................................. 10

ADDITIONAL ROAD SIGNS TO GUIDE MOTORISTS TO NEW TUNNEL........ 11

GOVT LAND FOR SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION .......................... 11

PARENTS REMINDED TO SUBMIT PRIMARY ONE ADMISSION APPLICATION 12

14 ILLEGAL STRUCTURES IN YAU TSIM CLEARED ..................... 13

DB COMMITTEE TO CONSIDER FUNDS APPLICATIONS ................... 14

CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT TO HOLD ATHLETIC MEET............. 14

APPLICATIONS INVITED FOR ANTI-DRUG PUBLICITY GRANTS ........... 15

NEW ROSTER FOR RENT OFFICERS AT DISTRICT OFFICE................ 16

OVERSEAS TRAINING COURSE FOR SWD STAFF......................... 16

HIRAM'S HIGHWAY IMPROVEMENT WORKS TO START IN NOVEMBER........ 17

NEW ACCESS ROADS FOR SHA TIN VILLAGES ......................... 13

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENTS IN TSUEN WAN ............................. 19

TRAFFIC ARRANGEMENT IN SAN PO KONG ............................ 20

NEW ARRANGEMENT FOR THREE CARPARKS ............................ 21

NEW ACCESS ROADS PLANNED FOR TAI PO AREA 57 ................... 21

FRIDAY. SEPTEMBER 29. 1989

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THIRTEENTH MEETING OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT LIAISON GROUP * * * * *

FOLLOWING IS THE COMMUNIQUE OF THE 13TH MEETING OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT LIAISON GROUP:

THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT LIAISON GROUP HELD ITS THIRTEENTH MEETING IN LONDON FROM SEPTEMBER 27-29. 1989.

THE GROUP HAD A COMPREHENSIVE AND FRANK EXCHANGE OF VIEWS ON DEVELOPMENTS RELATED TO THE SITUATION IN HONG KONG SINCE THE TWELFTH MEETING OF THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP. THE TWO SIDES BELIEVE THE FAITHFUL IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SINO-BRITISH JOINT DECLARATION ON THE QUESTION OF HONG KONG IS VITAL FOR ENSURING THE MAINTENANCE OF HONG KONG’S LONG TERM PROSPERITY AND STABILITY. BOTH SIDES REAFFIRMED THEIR CONTINUED DETERMINATION TO ABIDE BY THE JOINT DECLARATION AND TO FULFIL THE VARIOUS RESPONSIBILITIES IT LAYS DOWN.

THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP ALSO REVIEWED IN GENERAL TERMS THE ISSUES OUTSTANDING SINCE THE GROUP'S TWELFTH MEETING: THIS WAS USEFUL FOR THE FUTURE WORK OF THE GROUP.

THE JOINT LIAISON GROUP DECIDED THAT ITS NEXT MEETING WOULD TAKE PLACE IN HONG KONG FROM DECEMBER 5-8. 1989.

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GOVERNOR ATTENDS PRC NATIONAL DAY RECEPTION * * * * *

FOLLOWING IS THE TEXT OF THE SPEECH BY THE GOVERNOR, SIR DAVID WILSON, AT THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA NATIONAL DAY RECEPTION AT THE WORLD TRADE CENTRE THIS (FRIDAY) EVENING:

"DIRECTOR XU, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

"THIS YEAR MARKS A MILESTONE IN THE HISTORY OF CHINA -- THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC.

"IN RECENT YEARS GROWTH IN CONTACTS BETWEEN HONG KONG AND CHINA HAS BEEN DRAMATIC. IN THE TRADE FIELD, WE ARE EACH OTHER’S MOST IMPORTANT PARTNERS. TODAY HONG KONG ACCOUNTS FOR OVER 65 PER CENT OF FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN CHINA. BOTH SIDES BENEFIT GREATLY FROM SUCH ECONOMIC CO-OPERATION.

"MORE GENERALLY. BOTH SIDES REMAIN PUBLICLY AND FIRMLY COMMITTED TO MAINTAINING THE FUTURE STABILITY AND PROSPERITY OF HONG KONG ITSELF. FOLLOWING RECENT EVENTS, ACTIONS TO ENSURE THAT THOSE AIMS ARE FULFILLED ARE MORE NECESSARY THAN EVER. I AM CONFIDENT THAT WITH THE DETERMINED EFFORTS OF ALL CONCERNED, BOTH THE SPIRIT AND LETTER OF THE JOINT DECLARATION CAN BE SUCCESSFULLY IMPLEMENTED, AND THAT HONG KONG CAN CONTINUE TO PROSPER ECONOMICALLY AS WELL AS MAINTAIN ITS DISTINCTIVE SOCIETY AND ITS TREASURED WAY OF LIFE.

"I NOW PROPOSE A TOAST TO THE HEALTH OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA."

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EXCO APPROVES PROPOSED TOP MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE OF HOSPITAL AUTHORITY *****

THE PROPOSED TOP MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE OF THE FUTURE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY (HA) HAS BEEN APPROVED BY THE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL.

ANNOUNCING DETAILS OF THE TOP MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE RECOMMENDED BY THE PROVISIONAL HOSPITAL AUTHORITY (PHA), A GOVERNMENT SPOKESMAN SAID TODAY (THURSDAY) THAT THERE WOULD BE THREE PRINCIPAL OFFICERS AT THE TOP MANAGEMENT LEVEL OF THE HA DURING ITS INITIAL TWO YEARS OF OPERATION, EACH REPORTING DIRECTLY TO THE HA’S EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE.

"A DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS WILL TAKE CHARGE OF THE DELIVERY. OF HOSPITAL SERVICES ON A DAY-TO-DAY BASIS.

”A CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR PLANNING THE DEVELOPMENT OF SERVICES. STRUCTURES AND PERSONNEL, AND THE DESIGN OF PERFORMANCE MEASURES.

”A SECRETARY GENERAL WILL BE SERVING THE HA AND ITS COMMITTEES AND DEALING WITH COMMUNITY AFFAIRS AND PUBLIC RELATIONS.” HE SAID.

’’DURING THESE INITIAL TWO YEARS, HA WILL NOT APPOINT A CHIEF EXECUTIVE TO TAKE OVERALL CHARGE OF THE HA’S EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS. INSTEAD, THE THREE PRINCIPAL OFFICERS WILL REPORT DIRECTLY TO THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF THE HA. WHICH WILL EXERCISE CLOSE SUPERVISION ON THEIR WORK AND PROVIDE THE NECESSARY GUIDANCE,” THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

’’THE PHA BELIEVES THAT THERE WOULD BE DISTINCT ADVANTAGES IN HAVING A COMMITTEE-LED MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE DURING THE HA’S FORMATIVE YEARS.

"THIS ARRANGEMENT WOULD ENABLE THE CHAIRMAN AND MEMBERS OF THE HA’S EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE IN THEIR COLLECTIVE WISDOM TO PLAN AND DIRECT THE INTRODUCTION OF THE NEW HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS DURING THESE CRUCIAL YEARS, RATHER THAN LEAVING THAT TO A SINGLE PERSON.

"IT WILL ALSO ENABLE THE AUTHORITY’S SENIOR MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE TO BE PUT IN PLACE MORE QUICKLY," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"WITH THE HA’S EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TAKING UP DIRECT RESPONSIBILITY FOR OVERSEEING THE WORK OF THE AUTHORITY. PHA DOES NOT ENVISAGE THAT THE ABSENCE OF A CHIEF EXECUTIVE WOULD CAUSE ANY SERIOUS MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS.

"THE HOSPITAL AUTHORITY WOULD REVIEW THIS MANAGEMENT STRUCTURE WITHIN TWO YEARS OF ITS FORMATION WITH X VIEW TO MOVING TOWARDS A CHIEF EXECUTIVE LED SYSTEM AS SOON XS POSSIBLE THEREAFTER.

"BY THEN, THE MANAGEMENT REFORMS SHOULD BE WELL ESTABLISHED, AND IT WOULD THEN BE APPROPRIATE FOR THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE TO PLAY A LESS ACTIVE ROLE AND THE HA TO APPOINT A CHIEF EXECUTIVE,” THE SPOKESMAN ADDED.

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"THE PHA WILL BE WORKING OUT THE SALARIES FOR THE THREE PRINCIPAL OFFICERS WITH A VIEW TO FILLING THE THREE POSTS BY OPEN RECRUITMENT BY EARLY 1990.

"HAVING REGARD TO HIS HIGHER LEVEL OF RESPONSIBILITIES IN THE OVERALL MANAGEMENT OF THE PUBLIC HOSPITAL SYSTEM, THE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS WOULD BE MADE THE SENIOR OF THE THREE PRINCIPAL OFFICERS," THE SPOKESMAN SAID.

"HE WOULD BE ALLOWED TO MANAGE THE HOSPITAL SYSTEM LARGELY INDEPENDENTLY FROM THE CHIEF DEVELOPMENT OFFICER AND THE SECRETARY GENERAL."

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SEAGOING CAREER SHOULD BE MADE ATTRACTIVE TO YOUNG PEOPLE * * ♦ * »

THE SEAGOING CAREER HAS TO BE MADE ATTRACTIVE TO YOUNG PEOPLE IF HONG KONG IS TO CONTINUE TO HAVE A VIABLE SHIPPING INDUSTRY AND A THRIVING PORT, THE DIRECTOR OF MARINE, MR DERICK HALL, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

YOUNG PEOPLE MUST ALSO BE ENCOURAGED TO OBTAIN THE CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY WHICH ARE NECESSARY FOR ADVANCEMENT TOWARDS POSTS SUCH AS MASI 1R OR CHIEF ENGINEER, AS APPROPRIATE, MR HALL ADDED.

"IMPROVING THE IMAGE AND STATUS OF THESE POSTS IN THE EYES OF THE PUBLIC AT LARGE WOULD BE OF GREAT ASSISTANCE," HE SAID.

MR HALL WAS DELIVERING AN OPENING ADDRESS IN HIS CAPACITY AS CHAIRMAN OF A ONE-DAY SEMINAR JOINTLY SPONSORED BY THE MARINE DEPARTMENT AND THE HONG KONG SHIPOWNERS ASSOCIATION TO DISCUSS MARITIME RECRUITMENT AND TRAINING.

THE WORLDWIDE SHORTAGE OF QUALIFIED JUNIOR OFFICERS WAS HITTING THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY. THIS WOULD HAVE A "KNOCK-ON" EFFECT ON SENIOR OFFICER POSTS AND ULTIMATELY ON-SHORE JOBS WHICH RELY ON THE SOURCE OF QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED SEAFARERS. THIS SHORTAGE NEEDED TO BE CORRECTED "AS A MATTER OF URGENCY". HE SAID.

"THE OFFICER SHORTAGE WILL BE PROGRESSIVELY WORSE AS THOSF WHO ARE AT PRESENT SERVING AS JUNIOR OFFICERS ARE PROMOTED TO SENIOR OFFICER POSTS AND. IF NOTHING IS DONE TO IMPROVE THF. SITUATION, WILL ESCALATE TO AFFECT THE SENIOR OFFICER RANKS AS WELL."

THE PROBLEM WAS NOT CONFINED TO HONG KONG. MR HALL SAID. AND ALMOST EVERY COUNTRY WAS EXPERIENCING THE SHORTAGE OF JUNIOR OFFICERS, INCLUDING INDIA AND THE PHILIPPINES.

/SHIPOWNERS IN .......

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, ^989

SHIPOWNERS IN THE TRADITIONAL MARITIME COUNTRIES SUCH AS THOSE IN WESTERN EUROPE HAD IN MANY CASES FOUND IT NECESSARY TO REGISTER THEIR SHIPS IN LIBERIA, PANAMA OR OTHER COUNTRIES WHERE OFFICER MANNING REGIMES WERE EASIER AND THEIR COSTS SUBSTANTIALLY LESS, MR HALL SAID.

HE ADDED: "UNTIL NOW THERE HAS BEEN NO PARTICULAR CONCERN ABOUT THE SUPPLY OF THESE CHEAPER OFFICERS BECAUSE UNTIL QUITE RECENTLY THEIR AVAILABILITY HAS BEEN TAKEN FOR GRANTED.

"BUT SO MANY SHIPOWNERS HAVE TURNED TO THESE SOURCES OF READILY AVAILABLE OFFICERS THAT THE TRAINING ARRANGEMENTS IN THE COUNTRIES CONCERNED HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO KEEP UP WITH THE DEMAND AND THE PRESENT SHORTAGE HAS ENSUED."

IN THE MEANTIME, TRAINING IN THE TRADITIONAL MARITIME COUNTRIES HAD BEEN ALLOWED TO DECLINE IN LINE WITH THE REDUCTION IN DEMAND, "WITH THE RESULT THAT A SEAGOING CAREER IS NOT NOWADAYS LOOKED UPON WITH FAVOUR BY CAREERS ADVISERS AND THE STATUS OF THE SHIPPING INDUSTRY AS A WORTHWHILE EMPLOYER HAS SUFFERED ACCORDINGLY," MR HALL SAID.

"A CAREER AT SEA MUST AGAIN BE RECOGNISED AS WORTHWHILE AND REWARDING," HE SAID.

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THE DIRECTOR OF AGRICULTURE AND FISHERIES, DR LAWRENCE LEE, TODAY (FRIDAY) STRONGLY REJECTED AN OVERSEAS ALLEGATION THAT HONG KONG WAS STOCKPILING IVORY IN ANTICIPATION OF A WORLDWIDE BAN.

HE SAID: "THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO TRUTH IN SUCH AN ALLEGATION BECAUSE HONG KONG ALREADY BANNED THE IMPORT OF RAW IVORY FROM MID-JUNE AND THE EXISTING STOCKS OF (570 TONNES OF IVORY TN HONG KONG REPRESENT LEGAL IMPORTS ACCUMLATED OVER A PERIOD OF MORE THAN 10 YEARS.

"APART FROM THE 170 TONNES OF WORKED IVORY, THE MAJORITY ARE CUT PIECES AND SCRAP.S AND THERE ARE ONLY SOME 100 TONNES OF WHOLE TUSKS.

"GIVEN THE VOLUME OF THE TRADE IN THE PAST YEARS AND THE PERIOD OVER WHICH THIS AMOUNT HAS ACCUMLATED, THESE FIGURES ARE NOT UNUSUALLY HIGH."

DR LEE WAS SPEAKING AT A PRESS CONFERENCE TO PRESENT HONG KONG’S STAND IN THE WORLDWIDE CONTROL ON THE IVORY TRADE IN AN EFFORT TO SAVE THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT FROM EXTINCTION.

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AS A PARTY TO THE CONVENTION ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN ENDANGERED SPECIES OF WILD FAUNA AND FLORA (CITES) THROUGH THE UK’S MEMBERSHIP, HONG KONG IS FULLY COMMITTED TO THE CONSERVATION OF ENDANGERED SPECIES INCLUDING THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT AND HAS BEEN TAKING IT* OBLIGATION UNDER THE CONVENTION SERIOUSLY.

"TO PREVENT THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT FROM FURTHER DECLINING, THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS TIGHTER AND MORE EFFECTIVE CONTROL ON TRADE IN IVORY AND BETTER INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION IN EFFORTS TO SAVE THIS SPECIES." DR LEE SAID.

"THE HONG KONG GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS THE BAN ON TRADE IN NEW IVORY AND BELIEVES THAT THE TRADING OF EXISTING STOCKS OF LEGALLY-ACQUIRED AND LEGALLY-HELD IVORY SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO CONTINUE.

"TO PREVENT SUCH TRADE WOULD BE GROSSLY UNFAIR TO THOSE PEOPLE WHO HAVE ACQUIRED THE IVORY IN STRICT COMPLIANCE WITH THE CITES REQUIREMENTS AND WOULD BE MOST UNI. I KEI.Y TO LEAD TO ENHANCED PROSPECTS FOR THE SURVIVAL OF THE SPECIES.

"IT WOULD ALSO UNDERMINE THE CREDIBILITY OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION.

FURTHERMORE. DR LEE SAID, THE EXISTING STOCKS OF IVORY BEING HELD IN THE TERRITORY HAD BEEN IMPORTED FROM COUNTRIES INCLUDING THE EC MEMBER STATES AND JAPAN WITH THE APPROVAL OF THEIR RESPECTIVE GOVERNMENTS IN ACCORDANCE WITH CITES PROCEDURES.

HE NOTED THAT SINCE 1987 UNTIL THE PRESENT BAN, THE EUROPEAN COUNTRIES EXPORTED A TOTAL OF 116 TONNES OF RAW IVORY TO HONG KONG.

"THE BANNING OF RE-IMPORTS OF SUCH STOCKS FROM HONG KONG IS BOTH ILLOGICAL AND DISCRIMINATORY." DR LEE SAID.

AT PRESENT, THERE WAS A STRONG TIDE OF EMOTIONALISM AMONG OVERSEAS CONSERVATION GROUPS, ADVOCATING A TOTAL BAN IN IVORY TRADE.

"A TOTAL AND INDISCRIMINATE BAN MAY AT FIRST GLANCE APPEAR TO BE AN ATTRACTIVE SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM. HOWEVER, IT RISKS DRIVING THE TRADE UNDERGROUND, CREATING ILLEGAL MARKETS OUTSIDE THE CONTROL OF CITES, AND HENCE INCREASING THE STAKES FOR POACHING," HE SAID.

DR LEE POINTED OUT THE OTHER IMPORTANT FACTOR WHICH MERITED BALANCED CONSIDERATION.

"HONG KONG HAS SOME 3,000 WORKERS AND TRADERS, DEPENDING ON THE TRADE FOR THEIR LIVELIHOOD.

"IT IS OBVIOUSLY UNFAIR TO EXPECT THE WORKERS, WHO ARE MOSTLY AGED CRAFTSMEN, EARNING A LIVING WITH THEIR LIFE-LONG DEVELOPED SKILL, TO ABRUPTLY GIVE UP THEIR LIVELIHOOD AND THE TRADERS TO LOSE ALL THEIR INVESTMENT IN THE FORM OF IVORY STOCKS," HE SAID.

THE DIRECTOR GAVE DETAILS OF HONG KONG’S STRINGENT IVORY CONTROL WHICH, HE SAID, WENT BEYOND THE CITES REQUIREMENTS AND MIGHT WELL BE THE STRICTEST AMONG CITES PARTIES.

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"WE HAVE A C0MPRE1L IVE BODY OF LEGISLATION WHICH IS STRICTLY ENFORCED. NO IVORY, r'THER IN WORKED OR RAW FORMS, MAY BE IMPORTED WITHOUT A LICENCE IS ED I? ADVANCE BY THE HONG KONG AUTHORITY AND ONLY IVORY r-'OM A ( ITES-APPROVED SOURCE IS SO LICENSED.

"APART FROM A BAN ON TH I IMPORT OF RAW IVORY, HONG KONG HAS TAKEN A SERIES OF STRINGENT MEASURES TO STOP THE IMPORT OF ILLEGAL IVORY AND THESE INCLUDE THE SETTING UP OF A SPECIAL TASK FORCE TO INVESTIGATE AND SUPPRESS ILLEGAL IVORY TRADE," HE SAID.

IN ADDITION. HONG KONG HAD MOUNTED AN EXERCISE TO IDENTIFY AND REGISTER ALL IVORY STOCKS WHICH HAD BEEN LEGALLY' IMPORTED INTO THE. TERRITORY AND SUPPORTED BY CITES CERTIFICATION. DETAILS ABOUT ALL LEGAL IVORY STOCKS WERE TO BE STORED IN A COMPUTER DATA BASE.

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"FURTHERMORE, ALL COMPANIES DEALING IN IVORY WILL BE REQUIRED TO TAKE OUT POSSESSION LICENCES. THE PURPOSE IS TO ENSURE THAT NO ILLEGAL IVORY WOULD BE ABLE TO ENTER HONG KONG," DR LEE SAID.

TO FURTHER DETER WOULD-BE OFFENDERS, THE GOVERNMENT HAD SINCE AUGUST THIS YEAR INCREASED MAXIMUM PENALTIES FIVE-FOLD, IN ADDITION TO THE MANDATORY FORFEITURE OF ANY CONSIGNMENT FOUND TO BE ILLEGAL.

"AS FAR AS I AM AWARE. NO OTHER PARTY IN THE WORLD HAS INSTITUTED SUCH STRINGENT CONTROL OVER THE IVORY TRADE," DR LEE ADDED.

THE DIRECTOR ALSO SPOKE ABOUT HIS RECENT VISITS TO NORTH AMERICA, EUROPE AND JAPAN TO INCREASE OVERSEAS UNDERSTANDING OF HONG KONG’S SITUATION.

DURING HIS VISITS, DR LEE MET OFFICIALS OF THE CITES AUTHORITIES OF THE UNITED STATUS. CANADA. UNITED KINGDOM AND JAPAN AS WELL AS OFFICIALS OF THE ITES SECRETARIAT, THE WORLD CONSERVATION UNION AND THE WORLD WIDE FUND FOR NATURE.

"MY VISITS ENABLED ME TO PROVIDE THEM WITH CORRECT AND UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT HONG KONG’S STRICT CONTROL OVER THE IVORY TRADE AND THE STEPS TAKEN TO FURTHER STRENGTHEN EX[STING MEASURES.

"MY EXPLANATIONS AND DISCUSSIONS WITH THEM HELPED NOT ONLY IN CLEARING THEIR MISUNDERSTANDING OVER HONG KONG BUT ALSO IN IMPROVING INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION IN THE CONTROL OF IVORY TRADE AND THE TRADE IN OTHER ENDANGERED SPECIES," HE SAID.

DR LEE SAID THAT HIS DISCUSSIONS WITH THESE OFFICIALS ALSO TOUCHED UPON THE NEED TO CONSIDER THE ECONOMIC INCENTIVE OF THE AFRICAN PEOPLE AND THE NEED TO PROVIDE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE OR TO PLOUGH BACK REVENUES FROM THE IVORY TRADE TO HELP AFRICAN COUNTRIES TO PROPERLY MANAGE THE ELEPHANT HERDS.

"IT IS HOPED THAT THE FACTUAL INFORMATION PROVIDED TO THE AUTHORITIES IN THE COUNTRIES I VISITED WOULD HELP THEM IN MAKING A RATIONAL DECISION AND IN DEVISING A PRACTICAL SOLUTION WHICH WOULD REALLY SAVE THE AFRICAN ELEPHANT WITHOUT CAUSING ANY UNNECESSARY HARDSHIP TO THE PEOPLE CONCERNED," HE ADDED.

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SPECIAL STAMP ISSUE ON ROYAL VISIT *****

A SET OF SPECIAL STAMPS, "THE ROYAL VISIT 1989", WILL BE ISSUED ON NOVEMBER 8 TO COMMEMORATE THE VISIT BY THE PRINCE AND PRINCESS OF WALES, THE POSTMASTER GENERAL, MR DOMINIC WONG, ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THERE WILL BE FOUR DENOMINATIONS, 60 CENTS, $1.40, $1.80 AND $5.

THE 60-CENT STAMP DEPICTS THE ROYAL COUPLE IN INFORMAL ATTIRE, THE $1.40 AND $1.80 STAMPS DEPICT THEM SINGLY, AND THE $5 STAMP DEPICTS THEM IN FORMAL ATTIRE.

IN ADDITION, A SOUVENIR SHEET AT $5 WILL BE ISSUED.

FIRST DAY COVERS WILL BE PLACED ON SALE AT ALL POST OFFICES ON OCTOBER 25 AT 50 CENTS EACH.

TO MATCH THIS COMMEMORATIVE COVER, A SPECIAL POSTMARK WILL BE INTRODUCED TO CHOP FIRST DAY COVERS ON THE FIRST DAY.

THE STAMPS AND THE SPECIAL POSTMARK WERE DESIGNED BY MR NG KEE-CHUEN, AND THE STAMPS WERE PRINTED BY LEIGH MARDON PTY LTD OF AUSTRALIA.

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CSD’S TACTICAL RESPONSE SQUADRON HIGHLY TRAINED AND DISCIPLINED

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THE TACTICAL RESPONSE SQUADRON (TRS) OF THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENT (CSD) IS A HIGHLY TRAINED AND HIGHLY DISCIPLINED UNIT BEFITTING ITS ONEROUS TASKS, THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE, MR RAYMON ANN ING, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

MR ANN1NG WAS SPEAKING AT THE SQUADRON'S INAUGURATION PARADE HELD AT CSD’S STAFF TRAINING INSTITUTE IN STANLEY.

"WE NOW SEE INCREASING NUMBERS OF PRISONERS SENTENCED TO LIFE OR LENGTHY TERMS OF IMPRISONMENT PLUS AN INCREASING SOPHISTICATION OF OFFENDERS, MANY OF WHOM DO NOT HESITATE TO USE VIOLENCE.

"THIS, TOGETHER WITH AN EXPANDING POPULATION OF BOAT PEOPLE, HAS NECESSITATED THAT THE CORRECTIONAL SERVICES SHOULD POSSESS THE CAPABILITY TO COPE WITH AN OUTBREAK OF DISORDER AS FAR AS POSSIBLE WITHIN ITS OWN RESOURCES," HE SAID.

MR ANNING SAID THE TACTICAL RESPONSE SQUADRON WAS THE WELL PLANNED RESPONSE FOR THIS PURPOSE.

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’’THE TACTICAL RESPONSE SQUADRON HAS TAKEN SOME FOUR YEARS TO DEVELOP TO TODAY’S HIGH STANDARD.

”A GREAT DEAL OF THOUGHT HAS GONE INTO ITS ORGANISATION, TRAINING AND TACTICS. BESIDES ENHANCING PHYSICAL STRENGTH AND SKILLS, TRAINING IN LEGAL PERSPECTIVES, HUMAN PSYCHOLOGY, CROWD BEHAVIOUR AND PERSUASION TECHNIQUES HAVE ALL RECEIVED DUE EMPHASIS,” HE SAID.

THE TRS TRAINING COURSE WAS FIRST INTRODUCED BY THE DEPARTMENT IN AUGUST 1985. SO FAR 275 MEMBERS HAVE BEEN TRAINED AND ANOTHER NEW COURSE BEGAN LAST MONTH.

MEMBERS OF THE SQUADRON PERFORM THE NORMAL DUTY OF CORRECTIONAL SERVICES OFFICERS WHEN THEY ARE NOT DEPLOYED IN EMERGENCIES.

"THEIR (TRS) REWARD FOR ACCEPTING THE RIGOROUS PHYSICAL DEMANDS, THE ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES AND INCREASED PERSONAL DANGER, IS THE PERSONAL SATISFACTION AND DEVELOPMENT THEY GAIN FROM A JOB WELL DONE," MR ANNING NOTED.

"THIS SAYS MUCH FOR THE MOTIVATION OF THE CSD AND IS ALSO A GOOD EXAMPLE OF HOW SCARCE RESOURCES CAN BE EFFICIENTLY USED," HE ADDED.

MR ANNING SAID THE WORK OF THE POLICE AND THAT OF THE CSD WERE INEXTRICABLY RELATED; EACH HAD ITS ROLE TO PLAY BUT THERE WOULD ALWAYS BE A NEED FOR MUTUAL SUPPORT AND ASSISTANCE.

"I AM HAPPY TO SAY THAT SUCH CO-OPERATION IS CLOSE AND EFFECTIVE. I AM CERTAIN THIS WILL CONTINUE INTO THE FUTURE," THE COMMISSIONER OF POLICE SAID.

ON PARADE TODAY WERE 126 TRS MEMBERS AND EIGHT TRAINED DOGS OF THE CSD’S DOG UNIT.

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LABOUR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS ♦ * *

TO MAINTAIN GOOD LABOUR RELATIONS IS ONE OF THE HIGHEST PRIORITIES OF THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, THE COMMISSIONER FOR LABOUR, MR TONY HAMMOND, SAID TODAY (FRIDAY).

HE SAID STABLE LABOUR RELATIONS COULD BE ACHIEVED ONLY WHEN EMPLOYEES, AS WELL AS EMPLOYERS, HAD A CHANCE TO SHARE IN THE PROSPERITY OF ECONOMY.

"TO THIS END, FOR MANY YEARS, OUR OBJECTIVE HAS BEEN TO INTRODUCE GRADUAL IMPROVEMENTS IN LABOUR LEGISLATION, AFTER CONSULTATION WITH THE EMPLOYERS’ AND EMPLOYEES’ REPRESENTATIVES ON THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD, SO AS TO KEEP PACE WITH OUR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

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"THIS YEAR, A ARTICULARLY SI (IN IF[CANT IMPROVEMENT WAS MADE TO OUR LABOUR LEG[SLA(ION WHEN THE SCOPE OF THE PROTECTION OF WAGES ON insolvency ordinance was extended in july to cover claims for SEVERANCE PAYMENT IN ADDITION TO ARREARS OF WAGES AND WAGES IN LIEV OF NOTICE.

"SEVERAL OTHER IMPROVEMENTS ARE IN THE PIPELINE," HE SAID.

MR HAMMOND WAS SPEAKING AT THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY OF THE THIRD CERTIFICATE COURSE ON LABOUR RELATIONS AND LABOUR LEGISLATION JOINTLY ORGANISED BA THE CHINESE MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION AND THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT WHICH ATTRACTED OVER 90 PARTICIPANTS.

HE TOLD THE GATHERING THAT HARMONIOUS LABOUR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS COULD HELP PREVENT THE OCCURRENCE OF LABOUR DISPUTES, INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY AND IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE AT WORK.

CITING STATISTICS, HE SAID HONG KONG ENJOYED ONE OF THE WORLD’S LOWEST RATES OF STRIKES AND WORK STOPPAGES WITH ONLY 2,345 WORKING DAYS BEING LOST AS A RESULT OF LABOUR DISPUTES IN 1988, A DROP OF 15 PER CENT COMPARED WITH THE PREVIOUS YEAR.

DURING THE FIRST SIX MONTHS OF THIS YEAR, 7,638 CLAIMS CONCERNING ARREARS OF WAGES AND OTHER ENTITLEMENTS WERE LODGED WITH THE DEPARTMENT’S LABOUR RELATIONS SERVICE AND 59 TRADE DISPUTES WERE HANDLED. THESE FIGURES ALSO REPRESENTED SIGNIFICANT DECREASES WHEN COMPARED WITH THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR.

"I THINK THEY ARE POSITIVE SIGNS OF AN IMPROVED RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES IN HONG KONG," MR HAMMOND SAID.

TO AROUSE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF GOOD LABOUR RELATIONS, THE LABOUR DEPARTMENT, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE LABOUR RELATIONS PROMOTION SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE LABOUR ADVISORY BOARD, WILL ORGANISE A LARGE-SCALE CONFERENCE ON LABOUR RELATIONS AT THE HONG KONG CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTRE ON OCTOBER 31.

THE THEME OF THE CONFERENCE WILL BE THE NEW CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES BROUGHT ABOUT BY CHANGES IN THE FIELDS OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT AND LABOUR RELATIONS IN THE 1990’S.

"I HOPE THAT THROUGH ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN EVENTS SUCH AS THIS, EMPLOYERS, EMPLOYEES AND THE GOVERNMENT WILL BE ABLE TO DEVELOP AN EVEN BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF EACH OTHER’S ROLES IN THE FUTURE LABOUR RELATIONS SCENE," MR HAMMOND ADDED.

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TWO !'ASES OF CHOLERA CONFIRMED » » » * *

TWO CASES 01 CHOLERA WERE CONFIRMED RECENTLY, ONE BEING AN IMPORTED AND THE OTHER A LOCAL CASE, THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ANNOUNCED TODAY (FRIDAY).

THE FIRST CASE WAS A 52-YEAR-OLD MAN LIVING IN MONG KOK. HE SUFFERED FROM VOMITING AND DIARRHOEA WITHIN TWO DAYS UPON HIS RETURN TO HONG KONG AFTER TRAVELLING.

HE FIRST ATTENDED THE GENERAL OUT-PATIENT DEPARTMENT OF THE CHEUNG SHA WAN JOCKEY CLUB CLINIC ON SEPTEMBER 21, AND WAS ADMITTED TO KWONG WAH HOSPITAL IN THE SAME AFTERNOON.

RESULTS OF TESTS CONDUCTED BY THE HOSPITAL CONFIRMED THAT THE PATIENT WAS SUFFERING FROM CHOLERA EL TOR.

THE PATIENT IS NOW IN PRINCESS MARGARET HOSPITAL AND HIS CONDITION WAS DESCRIBED AS SATISFACTORY.

AS THE PATIENT HAD BEEN TRAVELLING OUTSIDE HONG KONG RECENTLY, THE CASE WAS CLASSIFIED AS AN IMPORTED ONE.

THE SECOND CASE WAS AN 80-YEAR-OLD MAN. HE SUFFERED FROM VOMITING AND DIARRHOEA LAST SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 23). HE WAS ADMITTED TO QUEEN ELIZABETH HOSPITAL ON SUNDAY AND DIED YESTERDAY.

LABORATORY TESTS CONFIRMED THAT HE HAD SUFFERED FROM CHOLERA EL TOR.

AS THE OLD MAN HAD NOT BEEN TRAVELLING OUTSIDE HONG KONG, THE CASE WAS CLASSIFIED AS A LOCAL ONE.

MEANWHILE, OFFICERS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, AND THE URBAN SERVICES AND THE REGIONAL SERVICES DEPARTMENTS, HAD VISITED THE HOMES OF THE TWO MEN.

BOTH PREMISES WERE DISINFECTED AND PREVENTIVE DRUGS WERE GIVEN TO THEIR RELATIVES AND CONTACTS.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SAID THAT DESPITE THE COMING OF THE COOLER SEASON, MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC ARE AGAIN REMINDED THAT THEY SHOULD OBSERVE PERSONAL, ENVIRONMENTAL AND FOOD HYGIENE TO PREVENT THEIR CONTRACTING CHOLERA.

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ADDITIONAL ROAD SIGNS TO GUIDE MOTORISTS TO NEW TUNNEL

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WORK HAS STARTED EARLIER THIS WEEK TO PUT UP ADDITIONAL ROAD SIGNS ON HONG KONG ISLAND AND IN KOWLOON TO GUIDE MOTORISTS TO THE NEWLY OPENED EASTERN HARBOUR TUNNEL.

THIS IS IN ADDITION TO THE 50-ODD ROAD SIGNS ALREADY INSTALLED IN THE TUNNEL APPROACH AREAS IN KWUN TONG AND QUARRY BAY.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THE TRANSPORT DEPARTMENT SAID TODA1 (FRIDAY) THAT THE EXTRA ROAD SIGNS WERE BEING INSTALLED ALONG THE ISLAND EASTERN CORRIDOR AND MAJOR ROADS IN NORTH POINT.

IN KOWLOON. THE ADDITIONAL SIGNS WERE TO BE ERECTED ALONG KWUN

TONG ROAD AND THE APPROACH ROADS IN THE VICINITY.

SOME OF THESE EXTRA SIGNS HAVE ALREADY BEEN PUT UP AND INSTALLATION OF THE REMAINING ONES WILL BE COMPLETED WITHIN TWO WEEKS.

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GOVT LAND FOR SALE BY PUBLIC AUCTION * * * *

THREE LOTS OF GOVERNMENT LAND WILL BE OFFERED FOR SALE BY THE BUILDINGS AND LANDS DEPARTMENT AT A PUBLIC AUCTION TO BE HELD ON OCTOBER 25 IN THE CITY HALL THEATRE.

THE AUCTION WILL BEGIN AT 2.30 PM.

TWO OF THE LOTS ARE IN THE NEW TERRITORIES. ONE IS LOCATED IN AREA 29A, FANLING, AND HAS AN AREA OF ABOUT 5,915 SQUARE METRES.

UNDER THE BUILDING COVENANT, THE DEVELOPER IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF NOT LESS THAN 11,712 SQUARE METRES BEFORE DECEMBER 31, 1992.

THIS LOT IS FOR PRIVATE RESIDENTIAL PURPOSES.

THE OTHER LOT IN THE NEW TERRITORIES IS LOCATED IN AREA 8, TAI PO. IT IS FOR INDUSTRIAL/GODOWN PURPOSES AND COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 1,618 SQUARE METRES.

THE BUILDING COVENANT STIPULATES THAT A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF NOT LESS THAN 9,223 SQUARE METRES HAS TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE DECEMBER 31, 1992.

THE THIRD LOT, WHICH COVERS AN AREA OF ABOUT 3,803 SQUARE METRES, IS LOCATED AT LAM HING STREET, KOWLOON BAY.

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THIS LOT IS FOR GODOWN PURPOSES ONLY, AND THE DEVELOPER IS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE A GROSS FLOOR AREA OF NOT LESS THAN 26,000 SQUARE METRES BEFORE DECEMBER 31, 1993.

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

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

- THE CENTRAL AND WESTERN DISTRICT OFFICE, CENTRAL ENQUIRIES SUB-OFFICE, CENTRAL GOVERNMENT OFFICES (WEST WING), GROUND FLOOR, HONG KONG: AND

- THE DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES KOWLOON, YAU MA TEI CARPARK BUILDING, 10TH FLOOR, 250 SHANGHAI STREET, KOWLOON.

DOCUMENTS ON CONDITIONS OF SALE ARE ALSO AVAILABLE AT ALL DISTRICT LANDS OFFICES IN THE NEW TERRITORIES.

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PARENTS REMINDED TO SUBMIT PRIMARY ONE ADMISSION APPLICATION » » * ♦ *

THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TODAY (FRIDAY) REMINDS PARENTS WHO WANT TO APPLY FOR A PRIMARY ONE PLACE FOR THEIR CHILDREN IN GOVERNMENT OR AIDED SCHOOLS IN SEPTEMBER NEXT YEAR (1990) THAT THEY MUST RETURN THEIR APPLICATION FORMS BETWEEN NEXT MONDAY (OCTOBER 2) AND FRIDAY (OCTOBER 6).

PARENTS WHO WISH TO APPLY FOR A DISCRETIONARY PLACE IN A PARTICULAR GOVERNMENT OR AIDED PRIMARY SCHOOL SHOULD RETURN THEIR COMPLETED APPLICATION FORM TO THAT SCHOOL DIRECT DURING SCHOOL HOURS, SPOKESMAN FOR THE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT SAID.

IF PARENTS DO NOT WISH TO APPLY FOR A DISCRETIONARY PLACE IN ANY PARTICULAR SCHOOL, THEY