Here's what you need to know today: April 23

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

WEATHER

Gladstone is in for a cloudy day with scattered showers, more isolated in the south. There's the chance of thunderstorms in the north from early this afternoon.

Winds will be easterly at 15 to 25km/h. A top of 28 degrees is predicted after a low of 20. 

Tides: High 3.78m at 3.50am and 3.37m at 4.37pm; LOW: 1.15m at 10.28am and 1.36m at 10.36pm.

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

Boy and Bear are set to hit the stage at the Harvey Road Tavern amidst a whirlwind 12-month tour. Doors open at 7.30pm, and tickets cost $35.

The Gladstone Community Hub is offering a course covering lifestyle skills such as money recognition, reading a recipe, filling in forms and reading a timetable on Wednesdays from 9.30-11.30am.

Cost is $5 per lesson, with each lesson limited to 10 participants. Call 4979 4821 to register. 

The Friends of Bindaree Wednesday Garage Sale is on at Bindaree Lodge, 1 Beacon Ave, Boyne Island, from 7.30-11am.

There will be bargains on second-hand clothing, manchester, books, footwear, toys, furniture and more.

Gladstone Community Health is running a speech pathology drop-in clinic every Wednesday morning from 9-10am at the Community Health Building at Gladstone Hospital.

The clinic is open to Gladstone children aged under five years who have difficulties speaking and understanding instructions. For more information phone 4976 3387.

Port Curtis Toastmasters will meet from 7.30-9.30pm at Shed 19, 19 Dalrymple Drive, Gladstone. Phone 4975 7352.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

Police have returned to Toolara State Forest where a skull, possibly linked to the Cedar Pocket torso mystery, was found two weeks ago. More here.

The Queensland Opposition claims the government has deliberately misled the public in relation to a question surrounding the state's electricity network. More here.

A Queensland parliamentary committee has quashed a proposal to overhaul the state's child protection offender reporting system. More here.

Economist John Quiggin says the Queensland government needs to present a "coherent" case for why asset sales are needed as its case "doesn't stack up". More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

Australia will make one of its biggest ever military purchases with a $12 billion order for 58 Joint Strike Fighters in a move that will lift the nation's air combat power to among the world's most advanced. More here.

Lobbyists for Queensland's mining industry will from today trumpet the "true environmental health" of the Great Barrier Reef. More here.

Bill Shorten has outlined his ambitious reform agenda aimed at dramatically increasing the Labor Party's membership through the promise of more influence over the party's policies and direction. More here.

WORLD NEWS

Ukraine's acting president has ordered the military to resume an operation against pro-Kremlin separatists, after the "brutally tortured" bodies of two people, including a kidnapped local councillor, were discovered in the east of the country. More here.

A Florida man has pulled in a 365kg mako shark measuring more than 3.3 metres long in what could be a new world record for land-based shark fishing. More here.

Nepalese guides on Mount Everest have declared they are packing up and leaving the mountain after a meeting at which they decided to abandon this year's climbing season to honour dead colleagues. More here.

SPORT

David Moyes has been sacked as Manchester United manager, less than a year after taking charge of the 20-times English football champions. More here.

Melbourne is shaping as a last chance saloon for Benji Marshall as other clubs shy away from offering the fallen superstar an NRL lifeline. More here.

The Western Sydney Wanderers rocketed into the knockout phase of their maiden Asian Champions League campaign, dismantling Guizhou Renhe 5-0 to reach yet another impressive milestone in the club's short history. More here.

HISTORY

  • 1873 - William Gosse departs Alice Springs on an expedition, during which he discovers Ayers Rock.
  • 1874 - Alf Gibson, companion to explorer Ernest Giles, disappears in the desert, resulting in the naming of the Gibson Desert.
  • 1900 - The word "hillbilly" is first used in print in an article in the New York Journal. It was spelled "Hill-Billie".
  • 1985 - The Coca-Cola Company announces it is changing its 99-year-old secret formula. New Coke was not successful, which resulted in the resumption of selling the original version.
  • 1996 - An auction of the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis's possessions begins at Sotheby's in New York City.
  • 2005 - The first video is uploaded to YouTube.com.


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