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Virgin Australia business class passenger slams 2-minute noodle lunch

A Virgin Australia customer has posted about their in-flight dining experience, after paying $2500 for a business class seat.

The passenger claims they took the photo of the meal they were served, which would cost less than $5 per serve.

Taking to social media, the passenger detailed the offering on board the flight:

“Two course-offering on VA today: Course 1 – Red Wine, Coke no sugar & Snack Bar. Course 2 – fantastic noodles,” the post read.

Followers said the two-minute meal was a “joke” and “appalling”.

“OMG I thought this was a joke but then realised that’s actually on a plane,” wrote one follower.

“That’s appalling. I know it’s ‘first world problems’ but if you are paying for a premium product then you should receive a premium product,” added another.

“Wow, that was my ‘studying for final exams’ meal pack,” wrote another.

The post comes after cabin crew reportedly

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Virgin Australia cabin crew cop abuse as two-minute noodles offered to business class passengers

Virgin Australia has been busted giving two-minute noodles to its business class, forcing the airline into an embarrassing explanation.

A passenger took to social media to complain against the budget meal offering, which can cost less than $2 a serve, after shelling out $2500 for a ticket.

The tongue-in-cheek post read: Two course offering on VA today: Course 1 – Red Wine, Coke no sugar & Snack Bar. Course 2 – fantastic noodles.”

Frequent flyers were outraged by the meal, describing it as “appalling”.

“Omg I thought this was a joke but then realised that’s actually on a plane,” wrote one follower.

“Omg that’s appalling. I know it’s “first world problems” but if you are paying for a premium product then you should receive a premium product,” added another.

“Wow, that was my ‘studying for final exams’ meal pack,” wrote another.

The budget meal offered to a business class traveller on Virgin Australia.
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Virgin Australia slammed for serving two-minute noodles to passengers in business class

Virgin Australia is slammed for serving two minute noodles to passengers in business class – as it’s revealed they’ve run out of wine and Diet Coke and could be fully out of supplies in weeks

  • Virgin Australia is so strapped for supplies it’s been serving two-minute noodles
  • High-paying business class passengers have been furious at the lack of snacks
  • But the airlines says the move has been introduced to minimise risk of COVID-19 

Embattled airline Virgin Australia is running so low on supplies it’s been serving two minute noodles to business class passengers, according to furious fliers. 

The carrier has been limping its way through the COVID-19 crisis, is $6.8billion in debt, and is now in the hands of US private equity firm Bain Capital after being sold in September. 

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SBS Language | Australia to refund visa application charge for temporary visa holders affected by COVID-19 border closure

Temporary skilled workers and visitor visa holders will now be eligible to have the visa application charge (VAC) for a subsequent visa application waived, to allow them to return to Australia once travel restrictions are lifted.

Revealing details about the measure that was announced as part of the permanent residency migration shakeup in the Federal Budget last week, Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge today said the aim is to ensure that Australia remains an attractive destination for tourists and temporary visa holders who often fill critical skills shortages where locals can’t fill vacancies.


  • Australia to refund visa application charge for temporary visa holders affected by COVID-19 border closure
  • Tourists, working holidaymakers, seasonal & pacific workers, prospective partners and temporary skilled workers will be eligible
  • Aim is to ensure Australia remains an attractive destination for temporary visa holders when borders reopen

Amharic News 08 October 2020

Australian Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge


Supporting tourism

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2 cheap ASX shares I like for value investors // Motley Fool Australia

It is sometimes hard for investors to commit to ASX shares with eyewatering valuations. Buying ASX shares that are value orientated can feel more tangible with the added benefit of dividends. Here are two cheap ASX shares for those who like to stick to the fundamentals. 

2 ASX shares I think are ideal for value investors

1. Bell Financial Group Ltd (ASX: BFG) 

Bell Financial Group is an Australia-based provider of stockbroking investment and financial advisory services to private, institutional and corporate clients. Across its companies, Bell Potter Securities, Bell Potter Capital and Third Party Platform, it services over 600,000 clients with funds under advice exceeding $58.4 billion. 

In the company’s half year announcement on 12 August, it announced a 7.4% increase in revenue to $129.6 million, a profit after tax of $23.5 million and $88 million net cash with no core debt. The Bell Financial share price trades at

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Australia central bank warns of business failures as property vacancies rise

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Business failures in Australia are likely to rise with commercial property seen among the hardest hit sectors as a shift to work-from-home arrangements empties offices and major retail precincts, the central bank said on Friday.

FILE PHOTO: A businessman walks past the headquarters of Australia’s Reserve Bank in Sydney, November 3, 2015. REUTERS/Jason Reed

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) said the outlook for commercial property means banks’ impairment rates will likely climb from current low levels while some indebted landlords will find it difficult to meet their debt repayments.

Risks appear highest for retail commercial property, the RBA noted, while adding there was still a high degree of uncertainty about the magnitude and timing of business failures in the country.

Australia has been lauded for its success globally to curb the spread of the coronavirus and open its economy earlier-than-expected though with domestic and international borders

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China business briefing: Mooove over, Australia

Economic historians are going to look back at the era of coronavirus and see more of a rollercoaster than a nosedive.

While Kazakhstan’s economy suffers with the rest of the world’s, the country’s exports to China grew significantly in August, according to the latest data from Beijing. Compared to last August, Kazakh shippers sent off more chemicals (up threefold to $151 million), tobacco (almost 15 times more to $2 million), cotton (doubled to $1.8 million) and a bumper crop of diverse victuals worth $24 million. Overall, Chinese-bound exports grew 20 percent year-over-year to $881 million.

Surely these historians will also examine today’s shifting trade alignments. Kazakhstan’s food producers look primed to benefit from China’s increasingly tense relationship with some of its traditional trading partners.

The Customs Administration of Xinjiang, the Chinese region across the border, and Kazakhstan’s Agriculture Ministry met on September 8 to discuss opening quality-control labs at border

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Australia central bank holds interest rates, signals easing ahead

FILE PHOTO: A worker delivering parcels pushes a trolley past the Reserve Bank of Australia building in central Sydney, Australia, March 7, 2017. REUTERS/David Gray

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s central bank left its cash rate at a record low on Tuesday but hinted at further monetary easing to bolster the coronavirus-hit economy, which is suffering its worst contraction since the Great Depression.

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) kept the rate unchanged at 0.25%, as widely expected in a Reuters poll, and at the level it has stood since an emergency cut in mid-March.

“The Board views addressing the high rate of unemployment as an important national priority,” RBA Governor Philip Lowe said in a statement announcing the outcome of the policy meeting.

“The Board continues to consider how additional monetary easing could support jobs as the economy opens up further.”

The government is due to release its budget on

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Vanguard to Close Most of Its Institutional Business in Australia; Focus on Retail | Investing News

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Vanguard Group Inc said on Wednesday it will close most of its business managing money for institutional investors and large pension funds in Australia and New Zealand, and focus on serving retail clients.

The U.S. investments giant, which has roughly A$164 billion ($118 billion) in assets under management in Australia, will stop offering customised products called segregated mandated accounts (SMA) to large institutional investors.

The exit comes as Australia’s pension funds, which make up the world’s third-largest pool of pension assets, have moved towards managing a larger portion of their investments internally to lower costs. This has intensified competition for investment mandates and forced the closures of several funds.

The Pennsylvania-headquartered manager will continue to offer some investment products that are “pooled” rather than customised, a spokeswoman said in an email.

It will work with existing SMA clients in Australia and New Zealand to ensure a smooth

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