Here's what you need to know today: April 24

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

WEATHER

A cloudy day is forecast for the Gladstone region today, with scattered showers developing during the morning, becoming less likely during the evening.

There's the chance of thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening. Winds will be light.

A top of 27 degrees is forecast after a low of 21. 

Tides: High 3.88m at 5.04am and 3.65m at 5.46pm; low 0.93m at 11.36am and 1.15m at 11.51pm.

Click here for more local weather information.

POLICE

Gladstone police are investigating a break and enter reported on Tuesday at an Emmadale Dr, New Auckland residence. More here.

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

An Australian health system information session will be held at the Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours office at 10 Tank St, Gladstone.

The session is designed for new residents. For more information phone 4976 6352.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman has referred concerns about Scott Elms to the Police Commissioner after the Rainbow Beach businessman and Independent candidate for Gympie launched a website-based attack on Member for Gympie David Gibson. More here.

A Redbank man has claimed a $100,000 win after purchasing a $2 scratchie from an Ipswich newsagent. More here.

Running the gauntlet of political volunteers on election day could become a thing of the past, if the government moves forward with a proposal to ban canvassing at polling booths. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

An investigation is underway to establish whether some debris found on the west coast of Australia could be linked to the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370. More here.

An inflatable spa from Mspa that shocks users when parts are exposed to water has forced hardware giant Bunnings Warehouse to recall all 730 sold nationally since September. More here.

A 13-day cold streak had signalled the start of Canberra's winter season, with gas consumption doubling in the ACT as people switch on their heaters. More here.

Treasurer Joe Hockey has warned next month's federal budget will introduce tougher means testing of support payments and more upfront costs for government services. More here.

WORLD NEWS

US President Barack Obama has begun his Asian tour in Tokyo focusing on trade and security. More here.

A company is seeking approval to sell powdered alcohol in the United States, sparking alarm from alcohol policy researchers. More here.

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has accused the United States of being behind the political upheaval in Ukraine and said Moscow would respond if its interests came under attack. More here.

SPORT

Benji Marshall has been officially released from his Super Rugby contract, the Blues confirmed yesterday. More here.

David Moyes says he understands fans' frustration after his ill-fated 10-month spell in charge at Manchester United. More here.

Central Coast Mariners were eliminated from the Asian Champions League following a 1-0 loss to Sanfrecce Hiroshima in Japan on Wednesday night. More here.

World surfing champion Mick Fanning has collected his third Bells Beach trophy after winning a tight final over Australian rival Taj Burrow. More here.

HISTORY

  • 1066 - Halley's comet first appears to the English.
  • 1804 - The first cemetery is established in the penal colony of Van Diemen's Land, now Tasmania.
  • 1884 - Otto von Bismarck cabled Cape Town that South Africa was now a German colony.
  • 1889 - The Edison General Electric Company was organised.
  • 1948 - The Berlin airlift began to relieve the surrounded city.
  • 1953 - Winston Churchill was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
  • 1967 - Soviet astronaut Vladimir Komarov died when his craft crashed with a tangled parachute.
  • 1967 - The newest Greek regime banned mini skirts. 


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