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Fuel-hedging losses most likely caused layoffs: staff union Listen
The Cathay Pacific Airways Flight Attendants Union believes the massive fuel-hedging losses suffered by the airline are the main reason why it has decided to lay off 600 employees. Its Chairwoman, Dora Lai, says employees who will be staying on are now worried how the airline’s management will try to increase productivity. But she tells Annemarie Evans that she is not worried at this stage about cabin crew and ground staff being laid off.
Doubts over LED street lights Listen
A study by an environmental group has found that LED street lights may wear out quicker than expected owing to heat dissipation problems, potentially disrupting power supply. The government plans to replace 14,500 sets of traditional light bulbs with the more energy-efficient LED lights over the next five to seven years. But the World Green Organisation points out that LED lights may have their share of problems. Its Chief Executive Officer, William Yu, speaks to Jim Gould.
Trump arrives in Israel Listen
US President Donald Trump has arrived in Israel with the aim of testing the waters for jump-starting the peace process in the Middle East. In brief remarks at the airport, he said he had come “to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between the United States and the state of Israel”. Just hours before, the Israeli cabinet announced limited economic and development concessions for Palestinians, including easing some restrictions on movement and approving some industrial construction projects. But the cabinet also approved setting up a committee to examine legalising unauthorised Israeli settlement outposts in the West Bank. Journalist Robert Berger in Jerusalem spoke to Annemarie Evans about Trump's visit and the reaction in Israel.