Author: Stamatina Hasiotis

Ho Ho Oh? Archaeologists find tomb of St Nicholas in Turkey | Neos Kosmos

A recent archaeological discovery underneath a Turkish church could shed light on the mysterious whereabouts of St Nicholas A recent discovery of a tomb in the Church of St Nicholas in Demre, Antalya is believed to be that of St Nicholas – the man, the mystery and the legend that created Santa Claus. While conducting “geo-radar surveys” of the 11th Century church as part of a restoration process, archaeologists came across an in-tact temple below the church. Cemil Karabyram, head of Antalya’s Monument Authority told the International Business Times the team believes the “shrine has not been damaged at all” but due to the intricate mosaic pattern on the floor it will be “quite difficult to get to it”. But the archaeologists will continue to find their way to the temple without damaging the Church. The whereabouts of St Nicholas has always been a mystery, as historical records have suggested that he was buried in Myra but his bones were stolen and taken to the portside town of Bari, the capital of Puglia, where St …

Fair fares: Pressure builds to secure concession cards for postgrads | Mojo

Fares Fair PTV, a coalition of Victorian university student associations, is working to secure student public transport concessions for full-time postgraduate students. The group claims the concession, which is available to postgraduates in all other states, would be beneficial as postgrads have the same limited earning capacity as undergraduate students. Graduate Student Association (GSA) president Georgia Daly, who studies at Melbourne University, said there was a common misconception about postgrad students that put the issue on the backburner. “There’s this perception that the average postgrad student is a 40-year-old coming back from work to get a promotion or to indulge in their intelligence,” Ms Daly said. “But really, it’s me. I’m 24, I went straight through from an undergrad, I’m very poor, I’ve got no savings.” The average annual income for full-time domestic postgraduates and higher degree students is $25,330 and $35,634 respectively, a report by the Centre for the Study for Higher Education shows. Average hours that students work during the semester have also risen from 17 to 20 hours per week for postgraduate …

The Long Road Home | On Dit

The following interview was with David in 2009.   “When I was in primary school, and they asked you to put your hand up, asking what you wanted to be to be in life, I didn’t stick up my hand saying that I wanted to be a drunk on the street…” he laughs. “I had a family, I had a house, I never thought that within six months that I’d be wondering the streets just looking for somewhere to sleep.” David is homeless but he works as a vendor for the Big Issue. David had completed a TAFE course, had a job, a home and was a sole parent with a 15-year-old daughter. However, after injuring his back at work one day, things took a turn for the worst. “Because I couldn’t do the work, I ended up as a host employ- ee, but I couldn’t do my job anymore and then my daughter decided to leave, so then I just decided to pack up and come to Adelaide for an adventure.” “I ended up …

Marriage equality campaigners vow to keep fighting after ‘disappointing’ ruling | The Age

Supporters of marriage equality have vowed to continue campaigning after the High Court gave a green light to the same-sex marriage postal vote. Campaigning for the “yes” vote started almost immediately after the decision was handed down on Thursday afternoon, with supporters handing out pamphlets outside the High Court and neighbouring Flagstaff railway station. But the verdict has stirred up real concerns among members of the LGBTI community who feared the debate had given rise to intolerance they had not seen in decades. Wil Strack, 52, was among the campaigners outside court and said she was “very disappointed with the decision”. “If it has to happen then now we need to go full swing into the campaign,” the Footscray woman said. “It impacts on me, I’d like to marry my partner. We had a ceremony last year with our family and friends because we got tired of waiting. “Now that we know the decision, we just really need to get on and campaign. “We’d like it to be legal, the kids would like it to be legal. We’re expecting another grandchild next year and …

Max and his three dads celebrate difference on Father’s Day | Sydney Morning Herald

This Father’s Day, seven-year-old Max will buy three presents for his three dads. Kids at school often ask Max: “Where’s your mum?” Max says he doesn’t have one. Instead he has a “special lady” who helped his dads have him. “He knows there was an egg donor and there was a surrogate. We’ve explained the process so that a seven-year-old can understand it,” says one of his fathers, Jason Schutze-Stafford. “He’s very proud of the fact that he’s got three dads in his life. It’s never been an issue for him. He’s very upfront about it.” Jason, Wayne and Brendan – Jason’s former partner who still plays a role in Max’s life – are gay dads. They brought a three-week-old Max home after what Jason described as a relatively smooth two-year overseas surrogacy process that calls for a DNA testing to ensure that Max would be an Australian citizen, and preparing passports and exit visas. “We had moments of stress but also had moments of joy, feeling really blessed that we were able to have …

Parenthood a joy for first-time dad pushing 60 | The Age

When people ask Brett Eagleton if toddler Katie is his granddaughter, he laughs. Katie, who is 20 months old, is his first child. But 59-year-old Mr Eagleton is not fazed by what others might think about his age. “People see that our bond is very strong,” he says. The disability support worker married his long-term partner, Kim, when he was 51. Kim, 36, who works at a Salvation Army store, wanted to have children, and supporting her was important to Mr Eagleton. The couple’s only concern was ensuring they had a child-friendly home. When Katie was born, it only reaffirmed their decision to have children. “It’s the most beautiful thing that’s ever happened to me in my life,” Mr Eagleton says. “It wasn’t a practical and available option for me when I was younger, so I don’t dwell upon it at all. “I’ve definitely got to maintain my health and thankfully that is the case. There are practical realities when you have a child when you’re older, but I don’t regret that I couldn’t do it; it just happened at the time when it was meant to happen.” Mr Eagleton  has become accustomed to the usual …

Metro Tunnel: New train stations should be named after location, say transport users | The Age

When it comes to naming Melbourne’s new train stations, commuters are torn between the creative and the bleeding obvious. A competition to name the Metro Tunnel’s five new underground stations has prompted a wide range of suggestions, from the culturally significant to the contemporary (hello ‘Smashed Avo’ station). But Daniel Bowen from the Public Transport Users Association said that while it might be tempting to name the landmarks after celebrities or historic figures, the monikers should, most importantly, tell people where the stations are. “These stations will be with us for decades, hopefully centuries to come, and it is important that the names help people trying to navigate their way around Melbourne,” he said. “What we don’t want is another station name like Southern Cross, which is basically meaningless – it tells you nothing about where it is in the city.” “Much easier for everyone concerned. Spencer Street was a better name than Southern Cross. Museum was better than Melbourne Central,” one reader said. “Call it where it is geographically located rather than some gimmick name that …