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RTHK's English-language current affairs programme that takes "The Pulse" of Hong Kong ... and the world around it.

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    RTHK's English-language current affairs programme that takes "The Pulse" of Hong Kong ... and the world around it.

    "The Pulse" is presented by locally and internationally known journalist and writer Steve Vines.

    Its focus? The latest events and trends that affect Hong Kong - from the corridors of power and business boardrooms, to the streets and dai pai dongs.

    "The Pulse" is politics. What's happening in the Legislative Council and on the streets right now.

    "The Pulse" is the media, informing us how well or badly our press and broadcast organisations diagnose and reflect the society around us.

    "The Pulse" is insightful, in-depth reports and interviews on current issues - examining those issues in depth, looking behind and beyond the news.

    Its focus is on the timely. The Now.

    Keep your eye ... and your finger ... on "The Pulse".

    If you want to discuss anything you've seen in "The Pulse", or anything in the public eye right now, or just to talk about the show, why not join in the debate on our Facebook page, RTHK's The Pulse. 

    The programme is aired every Saturday on RTHK 31 & 31A at 00:00-00:30, and a repeat at 18:00-18:30. TVB Pearl on Saturday Morning at 08:30-09:00

    Archive available later after broadcast. ** Please note that the programme air-time on TV is different with webcast time.



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    25/03/2017

    CE Election & special needs dental care

    On Sunday, 1,194 members of the Election Committee will cast their vote for Hong Kong’s next Chief Executive. And the winner will be …. Well, let’s put it this way – it will be no surprise. Over the past week, the three candidates, Carrie Lam, John Tsang and Woo Kwok-hing, appeared together in two forums to state their cases. With us in the studio are Liberal Party leader Felix Chung, and Ip Kin-yuen, Vice-convenor of the Professional Guild.

    When all is going well, we tend to pay little attention to our teeth. When problems arise toothache is a right pain. To avoid this requires dental care, and oral health also impacts eating, the digestive system, speech, appearance and social acceptance. It is, in other words, an important part of the quality of life. Yet, it’s easily neglected.
    For those who can’t afford private treatment, Hong Kong has just eleven government dental health clinics. Hong Kong island has just one. But the situation is worse for people with disabilities which is why a pilot scheme was launched to help them. Although this scheme proved to be successful it may soon be shut down.

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    2017
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    • CE Election & special needs dental care

      CE Election & special needs dental care

      On Sunday, 1,194 members of the Election Committee will cast their vote for Hong Kong’s next Chief Executive. And the winner will be …. Well, let’s put it this way – it will be no surprise. Over the past week, the three candidates, Carrie Lam, John Tsang and Woo Kwok-hing, appeared together in two forums to state their cases. With us in the studio are Liberal Party leader Felix Chung, and Ip Kin-yuen, Vice-convenor of the Professional Guild.

      When all is going well, we tend to pay little attention to our teeth. When problems arise toothache is a right pain. To avoid this requires dental care, and oral health also impacts eating, the digestive system, speech, appearance and social acceptance. It is, in other words, an important part of the quality of life. Yet, it’s easily neglected.
      For those who can’t afford private treatment, Hong Kong has just eleven government dental health clinics. Hong Kong island has just one. But the situation is worse for people with disabilities which is why a pilot scheme was launched to help them. Although this scheme proved to be successful it may soon be shut down.

      25/03/2017
    • i-Cable & discussion on the challenges in the TV industry, Two Sessions in Beijing

      i-Cable & discussion on the challenges in the TV industry, Two Sessions in Beijing

      Whatever the government is trying to do in its Hong Kong broadcasting policies, the end result has been a mess. Under Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s administration, the 59-year old Asia Television finally died last year after prolonged deterioration and the, er, ‘interesting’ spell of control by mainland entities. In 2013, against much public resistance, the government refused to grant a free-TV license to Ricky Wong’s HKTV. And now there’s news that another established television station, i-Cable, could soon be gone. Our producer Liz Yuen was at the Hong Kong International Film & TV Market, or Filmart, to find out to what extent is the television industry entering the Internet Age and whether professionals embrace that shift or avoid revolutionary changes. With us are Takahiro Hamano, senior producer of The Japan Broadcasting Corporation NHK, and Joe Suteestarpon, who started Doonee, a subscription video-on-demand provider.

      On Wednesday, the annual “Two Sessions” meetings of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and the National People’s Congress, drew to a close. Our producer Lily Ng was in Beijing for those meetings. Later in the show she looks at what government’s plans could mean for foreign businesses operating in China. And then there’s another issue, discussed during these meetings, that strikes closer to home: it concerns Hong Kong children and that tricky matter of the national education curriculum.

      Well, after Trump and Brexit, and in the face of populist threats in upcoming elections in France and Germany, the usually unnoticed elections in the Netherlands became a matter of global attention. Voters turned away from populism and racism as Conservative Prime Minister Mark Ruttee managed to hold on to his position in the face of a strong challenge from his anti-immigration rival Geert Wilders. And the biggest gains went to the environmentalist GreenLeft. Meanwhile across the Atlantic, the courts blocked President Trump’s second attempt at an anti-Muslim travel ban. Perhaps then this was a slightly less depressing week for the non-xenophobes.

      18/03/2017
    • Co-location arrangement at XRL & alleged cases of cross-border law enforcement in HK

      Co-location arrangement at XRL & alleged cases of cross-border law enforcement in HK

      Apparent abductions of publishers and a billionaire from Hong Kong, alleged investigations by outside agents of individuals who sheltered a US whistle-blower, and attempts to intimidate a newspaper critical of the Hong Kong government and mainland officials: so how porous are Hong Kong’s boundaries when forces, official or otherwise ignore them?And we’re beginning with a related topic: whether mainland immigration officials should be able to enforce law in Hong Kong. With us in the studio are Hung Wing-tat from the HK Society of Transportation Studies, and legislator Alvin Yeung to talk about the co-location immigration checkpoints controversy at the Express Rail Link.

      Hong Kong may not yet have gone to the Trumpian extreme of outright bans on migrants and refugees entering the territory, but the SAR is hardly a bastion of compassion for those in need. Last year, former Secretary for Security Regina Ip suggested building an asylum-seeker detention camp in Shenzhen to deter what she called “fake refugees”. Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has also said the SAR might unilaterally withdraw from the United Nations’ convention on torture, which guarantees rights to amnesty seekers. As we’ve previously reported people seeking asylum in Hong Kong don’t have an easy time. But alleged investigations of one such group by overseas law enforcement officers, as well as mysterious removal of individuals wanted by mainland authorities, raise the question of whether those already in Hong Kong are safe from agents, official or otherwise, from outside.

      11/03/2017
    • Interview with Regina Ip & WKCD new financial arrangement

      Interview with Regina Ip & WKCD new financial arrangement

      The nomination period for the chief executive election ended on Wednesday. John Tsang and Woo Kwok-hing both gathered enough nominations, 165 and 180 respectively, while Beijing’s rumoured favourite contender Carrie Lam had 580. Regina Ip did not however secure enough nominations to enter the race and she’s here to reflect on what happened and maybe what will happen next.

      Next Wednesday marks the end of an eight week exhibition at the City Gallery, displaying aspects of the controversial Hong Kong Palace Museum to be erected in the West Kowloon Cultural District. The exhibition coincides with a series of official of consultation sessions on the project. Not only is the scope of the public consultation limited, the sessions have been held behind closed doors only involving limited participation. Last week, at a Legco subcommittee meeting legislators had plenty of questions to ask both the government and the cultural district authority about its future financing.

      04/03/2017
    • Police Rally & Budget

      Police Rally & Budget

      Until relatively recently, the Hong Kong police have gone a long way towards improving its reputation as “the best police force money can buy”, after the dark days of the 1970s when police officers stormed the ICAC offices demanding not to be prosecuted for decades of corruption. There has not been another major police gathering until last Wednesday when police officers and their supporters came together to express their anger over the conviction of seven policemen for beating up protester Ken Tsang during the Occupy Central protests. Given the history of police protests it was perhaps surprising to see Maria Tam, the head of the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s operations review committee, addressing the crowd. The meeting was organised by the Junior Police Officers’ Association, and the Hong Kong Police Inspectors’ Association. The associations said that more than 30,000 current and retired officers and their families attended. They shouted “fight for justice”, complained that protesters had called them bad names, chanted foul language slogans and compared themselves and their treatment to that of Jewish people in Europe during World War II. That shocked many, including the Israeli Consulate in Hong Kong which, on Thursday, issued a statement saying that this reference was “inappropriate and regretful”, and that it wished “no further comparison will be made to the Jewish Holocaust”. The German consulate also expressed unease stating that “the comparison between the Jewish victims of the Holocaust and police officers convicted for an abuse of power is utterly inappropriate”. With me now in the studio are Senior Counsel and former Chairman of the HK Bar Association, Philip Dykes and legislator Priscilla Leung.

      On Wednesday, the new Financial Secretary, Paul Chan delivered his first and probably last Budget as this is the final one for the current administration. At a press conference to explain the Budget, Mr Chan was asked how much he’d actually contributed to drafting the fiscal policies during the month or so he’d been in the position. He answered pretty much along the same lines former Financial Secretary John Tsang answered us on this show two weeks ago: saying that the Budget is not a personal effort but a collective government policy. The Budget contained few big surprises, but, yet again, the size of the surplus was a bit of a surprise. This time it totalled HK$92 billion. Given the size of the surplus, many were hoping that more of this cash hoard would be used to help the poor and the middle class.

      25/02/2017
    • 7 police officers, underground development in 3 major parks, Pang Jai fabric market demolishing

      7 police officers, underground development in 3 major parks, Pang Jai fabric market demolishing

      Almost two and a half years after the event, seven police officers who were caught on camera assaulting a protester during the Umbrella Movement have been given jail sentences.

      Around this same time last year we reported on the planned demise of the 40-year old Pang Jai Fabric Market in Sham Shui Po. Twelve months later, some 50 vendors are still operating there but remain in limbo.

      It’s a daunting record. Hong Kong, with 316 skyscrapers, holds the world record for buildings of this kind. Skyscrapers are defined as being over 150 metres in height.
      That’s why so many Hongkongers are living one version of the high life. Now the government reckons we shouldn’t just go up; we should also go underground … even if it means potential closures and further encroachments on popular parks and recreational facilities in the heart of the city.

      The extraordinary reality show that is also known as the Donald Trump presidency took yet another turn on Thursday when the new President suddenly summoned reporters to a press conference ostensibly to announce his choice for a new labour secretary, after his first pick imploded. However he spent most of his time berating the media and ranging randomly over a wide range of subjects. What happened next was equally surprising as he ended up being heckled by reporters – things are a tad quieter and more predicable here and so I can confidently predict that we’ll be back next week –see you then. Goodbye.

      18/02/2017
    • Interview with John Tsang & public nomination for CE

      Interview with John Tsang & public nomination for CE

      Over recent weeks, four high visibility would-be chief executive candidates have been campaigning, and there maybe others planning to join the race. Indeed this week legislator Leung Kwok-hung became the latest person to confirm his intention to stand. More on that in part two.

      But first, in pursuit of a new, somewhat softer and more youthful image, former Chief Secretary Carrie Lam and current CE candidate last week dipped a toe into the world of social media by setting up a Facebook page. Judging by the number of angry faces on her Facebook posts, this attempt at getting feedback looks as though it may have misfired. Rather more practised with social media is her election rival and former Financial Secretary John Tsang, And he’s here on old media with me now.

      11/02/2017
    • Interview with Carrie Lam, Development in Nam Sang Wai

      Interview with Carrie Lam, Development in Nam Sang Wai

      Hello and welcome to the first episode of The Pulse in the Year of the Rooster. With less than two weeks to go before nominations for the Chief Executive election open, former Chief Secretary and now candidate Carrie Lam has just revealed her election manifesto. The day before she did so, she joined me in the studio.

      According to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong can’t develop golf courses in Fanling for housing, but it seems to be open season for other green areas not covered in golf balls. And it is not only the country parks that are under threat. Developers also have their eyes on places like Nam Sang Wai in Yuen Long, a wetland area of considerable ecological value.

      We’ll leave you with images of chief executive hopefuls, Carrie Lam, John Tsang, Woo Kwok-hing and Regina Ip who all have been busy lobbying during the holidays while a fifth candidate, former DAB member Wu Sai-chuen has been keeping a considerably lower profile.

      04/02/2017
    • Pan-dem's strategies for CE race & restrictions on online media

      Pan-dem's strategies for CE race & restrictions on online media

      Kung Hey Fat Choy! Hello and welcome to The Pulse. There may or may not be a lot to crow about as we enter the Year of the Rooster. The bird is said to be a symbol of fortune, luck, fidelity and protection. Later in the show, we’ll be talking about news, you know the news that is produced by people who crow a lot about being hard boiled in attitude, who often ruffles feathers, and at times get themselves (or others) in a stew. Okay, enough of the chicken talk. I’m talking about journalism, and specifically online journalism, which is facing an uphill struggle when it comes to government access.

      The nomination period for the Chief Executive election opens in about two weeks’ time. Four of the publicly declared candidates, Carrie Lam, John Tsang, Woo Kwok-hing and Regina Ip have been busy campaigning. We’ve heard less from the fifth candidate Wu Sai-chuen. And as usual, it’s a fractious business not just for the candidates but also for the democratic camp, currently out of the race but busy debating whether to go for a “lesser evil” candidate or put up their own candidate or indeed whether to embark on a process of “public nomination”. With me in the studio are Joseph Cheng of Power of Democracy, and Dennis Kwok, legislator and convenor of the Professionals Guild to talk about that.

      28/01/2017
    • Policy Address 2017

      Policy Address 2017

      On Wednesday, the Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying delivered his final policy address. It was the longest so far and took Leung two and a half hours to deliver it. He claimed that all the promises of his election platform had “basically been implemented”. That claim was met in some quarters by polite, or maybe not so polite, scepticism.

      In part one, we focused on sections of the Policy Address dealing with livelihood issues such as a soon-to-be-announced voluntary health insurance scheme, universal pensions, and the Mandatory Provident Fund offsetting mechanism. With us in the studio to look at other areas of the Address are Stephen Wong of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Paul Zimmerman, District Councillor and CEO of Designing Hong Kong.

      Finally this week, on Monday, the State Council in Beijing approved the resignations of Chief Secretary Carrie Lam and Financial Secretary John Tsang. It took just four for Carrie Lam to get the official nod from Beijing, after announcing her resignation last Thursday. She made it clear that she was doing so to run in for Chief Executive election. Sticking more closely to civil service rules of procedure John Tsang, who tendered his resignation five weeks ago, only announced his candidacy this week, joining the other declared contenders Regina Ip, former judge Woo Kwok-hing and former DAB member, Wu Sai-chuen.

      21/01/2017
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