Here's what you need to know today: April 11

GOOD morning everyone. Here's what you need to know in Gladstone today.

WEATHER

A partly cloudy day is forecast for Gladstone today with isolated showers in the region's north. Winds will be north north-easterly and light.

The maximum temperature is expected to be 29 degrees after a low of 20.

Tides: High 3.76m at 6.47am and 3.63m at 7.18pm; low 1.35m at 12.40am and 1.09m at 12.59pm.

ROADS

Road crews are working this week at Cook St, Melbourne St, Grayson St, Chapman St, Peters Cres and Boles St in Gladstone and at Handley Dr and Curtis Ave in Boyne Island. Work should be finished by Saturday.

Blackgate Road in Wooderson is closed.

The Burnett Highway is closed to all traffic between Bouldercombe and Mount Morgan due to a rock slide on the Mount Morgan range. Take an alternate route to Mt Morgan via Burnett Highway, Poison Creek Rd and Razorback Rd.

Sandy Creek on Turkey Beach Road is down to a single lane on weekdays from 6am to 6pm, then two lanes after 6pm, because of roadworks.

WHAT'S ON

There will be a World Trivia Night at Gladstone PCYC from 6pm as part of National Youth Week. Cost is $2 per person, with a maximum of six people per team. No bookings are required.

A Onesie Walk will be held from the Old Community Centre at Agnes Water to Tom Jefferies Memorial Park from 10.30am, followed by a barbecue from noon.

Swim clinics also are being held at Gladstone Aquatic Centre indoor pool as part of National Youth Week.

The clinics are hosted by Gladstone Gladiators and taught by coach Tom Fronek. 

Breaststroke will be featured today, with classes for children aged 9-12 years from 1.30-2.30pm, and for 13-24 years from 2.30-3.30pm. Cost is $30. Click here for more details.

Creative Gladstone will host a holiday workshop. Bring along your imagination and create weird, mythical and strange creatures like dragons, unicorns and aliens, or invent your own species.

The classes run from 1-4pm and are open to kids 6-12 years. Cost is $25 per child. Bookings are required. Phone 4972 9022. More here

Yaralla Sports Club invites all children aged 2-12 to a Kids Big Night Out. Parents can enjoy some 'me' time in the club while the kids have dinner and a fun night of movies, games and activities.

The kids-only event is fully supervised and tickets include dinner and drinks. Cost is $10 per child.

The Blue Care Auxiliary monthly garage sale is on at 2 Margaret St from 7am-3pm.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

Residents of Far North Queensland are bracing for Tropical Cyclone Ita, which is expected to hit Queensland later today bringing winds up to 300kmh. More here.

The frantic search for three-year-old Chloe Campbell is continuing, almost 24 hours after the girl was reported missing from her home in Childers. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

The Australian dollar has hit a new high for the year and financial markets are betting on higher interest rates after a shock unemployment result suggested the jobs market had turned the corner. More here.

The Prime Minister Tony Abbott has arrived in Shanghai for the next leg of his three nation Asian tour to tell China's financial capital Australia is open for business. More here.

The search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has detected another possible signal from a black box recorder. More here.

WORLD NEWS

Facebook has hit more than 100 million users in India, only the second country after the United States to achieve the milestone. More here.

A South African prosecutor has accused Oscar Pistorius of lying and altering his story about the night he shot dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp after Pistorius accused the police of tampering with the crime scene. More here.

The Ukrainian government has warned pro-Russian activists who have taken control of buildings in the country's east that force will be used against them if a peaceful resolution can't be found within 48 hours. More here.

SPORT

Adam Scott started his US Masters defence in the right vein, carding a 3-under 69 to sit second after his first round. More here.

Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell has taken aim at his 18-month doping ban, calling it "unfair" and "unjust". More here.

Brumbies hooker Stephen Moore says his side has much reason to back their defence heading into Friday night's Super Rugby derby against Queensland at Lang Park. More here.

HISTORY

  • 1941 - German bombers blitzed Coventry, England.
  • 1945 - During Second World War, American soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camp of Buchenwald in Germany.
  • 1947 - Jackie Robinson became the first black player in major-league history. He played in an exhibition game for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
  • 1951 - US President Truman fired General Douglas MacArthur as head of UN forces in Korea.
  • 1961 - Israel began the trial of Adolf Eichman, accused of Second World War crimes.
  • 1970 - Apollo 13 blasted off on a mission to the moon that was disrupted when an explosion crippled the spacecraft. The astronauts did return safely.
  • 1992 - It is reported that a tiny tooth has changed beliefs about the origins of Australian marsupials.


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