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www.ntnews.com.au Northern Territory News, Tuesday, January 5, 2010 7 P U B : NTNE-WS-DA-TE:5-JAGE:7 CO-LO-R: C-M Y-K NEWS Nude Jen no role model HAVINGbared all herself recently in a naked photoshoot, proud-to-be-curvy radio host Bianca Dye has slammed a fashion magazine for upholding Jennifer Hawkins as a positive rolemodel for body image. The comedienne said, while she had the utmost respect for theMyermodel and publicationMarie Claire, whichwill this week publish nude pictures of Hawkins, pushing a 26-year-oldMiss Universe winner as the pin-up for female body confidence is just not right. Shewas born beautiful. She has not had to go through any stress to look like that, Dye said. CHOOSE MEDAL OR CHEST TO PIN IT ON IN THE second about-turn in asmany weeks, unpredictable Olympic hurdler Jana Rawlinson has had her highly-publicised and much-wanted breast implants taken out. Less than a fortnight after announcing plans to remarry her estranged husband andmanager Chris Rawlinson, the drama queen athlete has admitted she spent $13,000 getting the augmentation, only to have the cosmetic procedure reversed. Australia Day awards PALMERSTONMayor RobertMacleod has encouraged residents to submit nominations for the Australia Day awards. The awards include Citizen and YoungCitizen of the Year, Student Citizen of the Year, Event of the Year and Best/Most Improved Street. Australia Day is a fantastic community event, and onewhich is vital we get involved in, MrMacleod said. Nominations close today. Forms can be found at www.palmerston.nt.gov.au, at the Palmerston Library and at the City of Palmerstons office front counter. Park swim holes closed HEAVY rains and flash flooding have forced the closure of two popular Litchfield swimming holes. Buley Rockholes and Florence Falls have been temporarily closed until water levels become safe. The recent heavy rainfall h a s m a d e b o t h s i t e s unsafe for swimming or public access. The two sites are closed until further notice and members of the public are advised they are unlikely to re-open in the next couple of days, subject to the amount of rainfall. The latest access reports to the parks and reserves can be viewed at www.nt.gov.au/ nreta/parks Bus-ted watermain leaves residents high and dry ByANNIE SANSON A PALMERSTON footpath collapsed under the weight of an abandoned bus yesterday, bursting a water main and leaving dozens of homes without water. P o w e r a n d W a t e r spokeswoman Lorraine Hook said a resident of Gwyn Court, Driver, reported the busted main early yesterday morning, but before Power and Water staff could repair it the bus had to be removed. The bloody thing had been parked on the footpath for at least 10 months and we know that council staff had been regular visitors to get it removed, a neighbour, who only wants to be known as Ray, told the Northern Territory News yesterday. When I got up in the morning, I didnt have much water pressure and when I walked out I saw the bus leaning on one side with lots of water coming out from underneath. Obviously it had broken into the ground during the night and busted the water main. When Power and Water staff arrived at 7.30am they were forced to wait for a tow-truck to remove the bus before they were able to fix the broken main. Residents of Gwyn Court and Canonbury Circuit were left with hardly any water until 1pm. n GUSHER: Right, water pours from the burst water main after the bus collapsed through the footpath. Picture: JUSTIN SANSON Study shows a few smacks can make your kids smarter GO FOR IT: Tracy Carroll, of Gray, ,with 16-months-old William, believes it is OK to smack your children. Picture: JUSTIN SANSON Spare the rod, spoil the child ByANNIE SANSON SMACK your kids and they will turn into successful students, a new study suggests. And Territory parents seem to agree. According to the study, children brought up with the occasional smack up to the age of six grow up to be happier and more successful at school than kids who had never been hit. Marjorie Gunnoe, a professor of psychology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, who conducted the research, said her study showed there was insufficient evidence to deny parents the freedom to choose how they discipline their children. Smacked children were more likely to carry out volunteer work and only those who continued to be smacked into adolescence would show clear behavioural problems, the research said. The study sparked discussion across the country and overseas whether to smack or not to smack a child, with childrens groups labelling the occasional smack as a form of child abuse. Territorian parents and their children yesterday told the NT News they could not understand the fuss. Bonney Carroll, 19, of Gray, Palmerston, said she had been brought up with the occasional smack, but her childhood could not have been any happier. Thats the way kids learn where their boundaries are and I dont think theres anything wrong with getting smacked every now and again, she said. A smack ... doesnt make any child hate its parents I dont know if it makes the kid smarter, though. Ms Carrolls mother Tracy said she could not see anything wrong with a little spank for naughty children but there were different levels. A soft slap on the hands is pretty Ok, but I would not use anything more than my bare hands on my children, she said. n DO YOU think smacking is an acceptable form of discipline? Have your say on the issue at www.ntnews.com.au Territorian back home A FORMER Territorian is back in Australia for the Australian Scout Jamboree. The Lee family now live in Virginia in the US but made the 20-hour plane journey to NSW for the jamboree, which began in Sydney yesterday. Dad Erik, a scout leader, said the jamboree was a chance to return to their second home. Im looking forward to meeting up with old friends and NT (scout) leaders, he told the Illawarra Mercury. Were pretty excited. He said his children Vic toria, 14 and Finn, 12 had been putting money away for years to attend. The kids have been saving on a paper route for two years to get here, he said.