Here's what you need to know today: April 28

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

WEATHER

The Gladstone region can expect a partly cloudy day with isolated showers near the coast, extending throughout from the late morning.

There will be isolated thunderstorms in the south during the afternoon. Winds will be SE and light increasing to 15 to 20km/h in the middle of the day then becoming light in the evening. 

A top of 28 is forecast after an overnight low of 19.

Tides: High 4m at 8.27am and 4.36m at 8.51pm; low 0.69m at 2.26am and 0.47m at 2.41pm.

Click here for more local weather information.

ROADS

The Department of Transport and Main Roads will close one lane on the Kin Kora roundabout between 9am and 3pm from today until Wednesday to complete pavement repairs.

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.

POLICE

One person was injured in a collision between a car and a motorbike over the weekend, and a motorcyclist was airlifted from Turkey Beach. More here.

WHAT'S ON

Yoga is on from 8am Mondays at the Women's Health Centre, corner of Derby and Buller Sts, Gladstone. Entry is by gold-coin donation.Classes are open to all - the able and disabled, pregnant women, the elderly. Teachers are skilled in these areas. 

The Australian Pensioners and Superannuants' League Gladstone branch will have its monthly meeting at 10.30am at Port Curtis Place, 83 Oaka Lane, Gladstone.

All pensioners and superannuants are all welcome to join. If you need the bus phone 4972 4465.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

The members of the Yandina Five have become virtual prisoners in their own homes as they face constant risk of breaking the law under the government's tough anti-bikie legislation. More here.

The wife of a leading veterinarian and cyclist left for dead on a rural road has called for the driver responsible to come forward. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

Three indigenous MPs have joined the Palmer United Party after abandoning the state's Country Liberal Party in a move that party leader Clive Palmer believes will be repeated nationally. More here.

Health authorities say there is no evidence three cases of death cap mushroom poisoning in Canberra are linked to Woolworths. More here.

New research suggests Australia's economy is no longer running at two or three speeds, but is rebalancing. More here.

Leading Australian banks are financing companies accused of land grabbing, child labour and illegal logging, according to an Oxfam report just released. More here.

WORLD NEWS

Pro-Russian rebels paraded European monitors they are holding in eastern Ukraine, freeing one but saying they had no plans to release another seven as the United States and Europe prepared new sanctions against Moscow. More here.

The Taiwan government will halt construction at the island's fourth nuclear power plant as local opposition to atomic energy continues to mount. More here.

ENTERTAINMENT

Scott Cam has thanked his Block family for contributing to his Gold Logie win after the host of Channel 9's popular renovation reality show took out Australian TV's top honour. More here.

SPORT

Alex Lepai's world heavyweight title loss is far from the end for the big hitting Queenslander. More here.

North Queensland has snapped a two match losing streak, putting on a four-try second half blitz to beat the Parramatta Eels by 28-points. More here.

Simon Gerrans became the first Australian to win Liege-Bastogne-Liege on Monday morning. More here.

HISTORY

  • 1686 - The first volume of Isaac Newton's "Principia Mathamatic" was published.
  • 1910 - First night air flight was performed by Claude Grahame-White in England.
  • 1914 - W.H. Carrier patented the design of his air conditioner.
  • 1967 - Muhammad Ali refused induction into the US Army and was stripped of his boxing title. He cited religious grounds for his refusal.
  • 1974 - The last Americans were evacuated from Saigon.
  • 1992 - The US Agriculture Department unveiled a pyramid-shaped recommended-diet chart.
  • 1997 - A worldwide treaty to ban chemical weapons took effect. Russia and other countries such as Iraq and North Korea did not sign.


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