Here's what you need to know today: April 15

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

WEATHER

Gladstone is in for a partly cloudy day with the chance of isolated showers during this afternoon. Winds will be south-easterly at 15 to 20km/h, becoming light in the morning.

A top of 28 degrees is expected after a low of 20.

Tides: High 3.94m at 9.07am and 4.19m at 9.30pm; low 0.78m at 3.07am and 0.64m at 3.13pm.

Click here for more local weather information.

ROADS

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

Battle of the Bands and the Gladstone Harbour Festival talent quest will showcase local performers at the marina stage from 6.30pm. 

Calliope Central Lawn Bowls Club will host a social lawns bowls afternoon from noon to 5pm. Included in the fee of $6 is the green fee and afternoon tea.

Flat soled shoes or bare feet acceptable. Sets of club bowls are available for use if required, at no cost. More here.

Tai chi classes are held on Tuesdays at the Uniting Church Hall, Dixon Dr at 8.45am for beginners, 9.45am next step class and 6.30pm suitable for everyone.

They are designed to improve the health and well-being of people with arthritis, and programs are suitable for anyone who would like to take better care of their health. For more information call 4972 9552.

Toadbusters is on from 7pm for those keen on keeping this threat to native wildlife under control. Phone Tracey Fenech  on 4972 4969 for the location.

Just Rock Gladstone hosts rock'n'roll classes at the Gladstone Bowls Club in Ferris Street. Beginners classes are from 7pm-7.30pm each Tuesday night with practice until 8pm.

Intermediate lessons begin at 7.30pm-9pm followed by free dance time. The cost is $5 per person per night or $3 for financial members. Phone 4978 1919 or 0427 781 919 for more details.

Stockland Gladstone will host Easter basket making classes between 10am and 1pm this week. The fun activity is for kids of all ages, and is free of charge. All materials will be provided.

Tondoon Botanic Gardens will host daily Easter activities including card making, basket making, egg decorating and an Easter egg hunt.

All activities are free, but bookings are required in advance. Phone 4977 6884. The gardens at at 700 Glenlyon Rd, Gladstone.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

Police have confirmed that a skull found in Tin Can Bay forestry was damaged, possibly by a bullet or other weapon. More here.

A private investor has told a parliamentary committee one of the problems facing the government's plan to move agriculture products across the state using the rail network was a "distinct lack of trains". More here.

Clive Palmer's Queensland Nickel temporarily stopped work at its nickel factory 25 kilometres north of Townsville on Monday. after it was badly affected by almost 300 mm of rain. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

Bill Shorten is set to announce sweeping Labor Party reforms that empower rank and file members, rein in powerbrokers' say over candidates and call for fewer factional bosses to be pre-selected for the Senate. More here.

The wreckage of the light plane that crashed on Saturday  is expected to be retrieved from the Clarence River in New South Wales this morning. More here.

The Federal Government is set to name Badgerys Creek in Sydney's west as the site for the city's second airport. More here.

Pensioners living in wealthy suburbs are concerned Federal Government budget cuts could force them out of their homes. More here.

WORLD NEWS

Oscar Pistorius has been through the most damning day yet of cross-examination as the prosecutor landed a series of blows on the defendant accused of murdering his girlfriend. More here.

Andy Coulson has admitted his affair with fellow Murdoch newspaper editor Rebekah Brooks was wrong, as he gave evidence for the first time in Britain's long-running, phone-hacking trial. More here.

A US judge has set bail at $US6 million for a Utah woman suspected of killing six infants after giving birth to them, then stuffing their bodies into cardboard boxes which were found at a house where she used to live. More here.

SPORT

Michael Phelps, the most decorated swimmer of all time, will come out of retirement next week, the clearest signal yet that he is getting ready to make an Olympic comeback at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. More here.

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse, who turned 60 in August, has fiercely rejected any suggestion that the stresses of senior coaching might be too much for him. More here.

The Melbourne Storm delivered the cruelest of defeats over St George Illawarra with a try after full-time to snatch a 28-24 win at AAMI Park on Monday night. More here.

HISTORY

  • 1784 - The first balloon is flown in Ireland.
  • 1823 - Allan Cunningham departs Bathurst to find an easier overland stock route to the Liverpool Plains.
  • 1865 - US President Abraham Lincoln dies from injuries inflicted by John Wilkes Booth.
  • 1873 - Colonel Warburton sets out to cross the continent from central Australia to Perth.
  • 1880 - William Gladstone becomes Prime Minister of England.
  • 1912 - The ocean liner Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg the evening before. A total of 1517 people died and more than 700 people survived.
  • 1923 - Insulin becomes generally available for people suffering with diabetes.


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