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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News, Monday, January 18, 2010 7 P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 1 8 -J A N -2 0 1 0 P A G E : 7 C O L O R : C M Y K NEWS Weighty problem for dieters ASWEDISHWeight Watchers group got a scary wake-up call to take their dietsmore seriously. When the group of 20 gathered in Vaxjo, Sweden, for a weighin, the floor collapsed. We heard a huge thud ... and everything flew up in the air, amember said. Stocks expected to dip THEAustralian share market is expected to openweaker today after stocks in the US slumped as loan losses continue tomount at JPMorgan and a disappointing consumer sentiment survey. But any Australian declinewill be limited and short-lived, as the full impact of Commonwealth Bank of Australias first-half unaudited profit figure is yet to be seen in local stocks. CBA reported just before themarket close on Friday that its profit for the sixmonths to Decemberwould be close to $3 billion. FULLREPORT: P29 Students flock to Top End CHARLESDarwin University says it has experienced an increase in student interest. The university hasmademore than 1500 offers of places in the January university intake rounds. CDUs applications and offers have increased by 10 per cent. Both applications and offers for the Batchelor of Engineering and Diploma of Network Engineering have doubled. The next round of offers will bemade on February 4th. Dodgy van parts leave duo stranded BROKEN DREAMS: Martin Baart and Laura Weis with their rented camper van that broke down east of Mt Isa. INSET: The part that failed The mechanic told us the breakdown was a result of apure lack of maintenance ByANNIE SANSON TWO backpackers were left stranded in the Outback when their rental van broke down due to poor maintenance. THE Northern Territory News last week reported about a Wicked campervan that had failed a roadworthy check but it seems Wicked is not the only rental company to send cars on the road that break down. Martin Baart, 26, of Fannie Bay, told the Northern Territory News the Backpacker camper he had hired in Darwin to travel around Australia with his German back packer girlfriend broke down 300km southwest of Mt Isa due to a lack of maintenance. We were in the middle of nowhere and it was dark already when the bearing of the water pump literally exploded in the engine, he said. My girlfriend was shattered when we realised we were stranded in the middle of nowhere and had to walk 1.5km to the nearest cattle station for help and shelter. Mr Baart said the van had to be towed 300km to a Mt Isa workshop, where the couple was told they would be left without their vehicle for days. The mechanic told us the break down was a result of a pure lack of maintenance after someone had put a new water pump in the car but installed it improperly, Mr Baart said. And parts werent available in Mt Isa, the car couldnt be fixed within a week. Mr Baart and his girlfriend were forced to pay $516 out of their own pockets for bus tickets back to Darwin. I went to see someone at Dar wins Backpacker office, but the lady there told me that car was not made to travel long distances. he said. When I rented it, I told her I was planning to do a trip through Australia, approximately 10,000km, and she never mentioned (then) it wasnt able to do long distances. The couple was reimbursed for their inconvenience with a $150 cheque. Stormwaves swimmoney goodbye DARWINS wave pool (pictured) was closed yet again yesterday because of the weather. The sun came out and Territorians headed for the water to cool down but some had been there only a few minutes when they were ordered out of the pool because an electrical storm was nearby. The storm did not hit the city with any force but Lori St Leone, who was there with her partner and their toddler daughter, said swimmers were not given refunds even though they were only in the water five minutes. I love the wave pool (but) thats kinda lame, she said. When we got there the waves werent even working. Thats $10 well spent. The wave pool has been closed several times in recent weeks because of rain. Waterfront Corporation chief Pat Coleman has said its design may be flawed. The Waterfront Corporation did not respond to requests for comment. Put cleavage to test THINKING about having a boob-job done, but not sure whether to pick size DD or F? Women wanting bigger breasts can now test their new set of boobs before undergoing surgery. In a newly developed consulting system, patients are now able to wear their made-to-measure implants in a special vest to make sure they are what they really want before having the new set of boobs implanted. The Biodynamics Breast Analysis allows women to choose from a range of 500 styles and sizes ranging from A-cup to F-cup to give their cleavage the ultimate boost. AMA calls on Govt for homebirth law reform THE federal Government has been urged to push on with its plans to tighten homebirth laws, after a new study found the practice to be more risky than conventional hospital deliveries. A comparison of South Australian births between 1991 and 2006 found the perinatal mortality rates of homebirth and hospital births to be similar. However, babies were seven times more likely to die from complications during a homebirth than a planned hospital delivery. They were also 27 times more likely to suffer asphyxiation during labour, according to the study published in the latest Medical Journal of Australia. The Australian Medical Association, which is opposed to homebirthing, says the study throws more weight behind the governments planned overhaul of maternity care. The safety of mothers and babies must come first in any debate about maternity care, AMA president Andrew Pesce said in a statement. The proposed new laws, introduced to parliament last year, will require all midwives to be insured and part of a new national register. But a two-year exemption will apply for up to 200 independent midwives, unable to gain insurance because it is no longer provided for homebirthing. They will also have to work in collaboration with a doctor to access Medicare insurance and pharmaceutical benefits to perform homebirths. The overhaul has outraged homebirth groups, which say the practice will be forced underground, a concern that was also highlighted in a recent Senate inquiry. The Australian Private Midwives Association and Homebirths Australia also dispute the latest study, saying the findings are hazy, and insist homebirthing is safe.