The Pulse

The Pulse

Type:VideoLanguage:EnglishCategories:Current AffairsStatus:On going Description: 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.

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The programme is aired every Friday evening on ATV World at 18:55, and on TVB Pearl on Saturday Morning at 08:30 am.

Initial webcast: Friday HKT 2100 - 2130

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

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July 1st protest, coloured powder explosion in Taiwan, Joseph Cheng on academic freedom and pressure 00:22:03 2015-07-03
Ever since the handover, the morning of July 1st has been an occasion for back-slapping and celebration for an establishment inner circle, while the afternoon has been a chance for many Hongkongers to take to the streets to express their hopes and dissatisfactions. There were huge turnouts in 2003 and last year, but far fewer people took part this Wednesday. Were they taking a rest now that government attempts at what they consider fake universal suffrage had been defeated, or has the wind been taken out of the democracy movement?

Last weekend in Taiwan, around 500 people were burned, with more than 290 placed under intensive care, after coloured powder sprayed on revellers in an amusement park that caught fire.Two have since died. Colour events, based on India’s Festival of Colours or Holi, where people are doused in bright dyes, have become increasingly popular. They include runs, dances, and even children’s festivals. But last weekend’s inferno has raised more concerns about safety.

On Tuesday, members of the University of Hong Kong Council voted 12 to 6 to yet again defer a decision on recommended appointment of Johannes Chan as a pro vice-chancellor. They argue that this is so a new replacement for deputy vice chancellor Ronald Chin, who resigned in November, can have a say in the appointment. However since announcing his resignation four pro vice chancellors have already been named, with no such considerations . The delay to the appointment of a figure attacked by pro-Beijing media as being too pro-democratic once again raises concerns about academic independence. With us in the studio is a man who’s is no stranger to academic politics. Joseph Cheng.

Still on education, the aim of the Territory-wide System Assessment or TSA is supposedly to help schools and the education system assess their strengths and weaknesses teaching students English, Chinese and mathematics. It allegedly doesn’t affect students’ academic records. So how come it is placing even more pressure on already highly pressurised children?