Here's what you need to know today: April 29

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

WEATHER

Gladstone can expect a partly cloudy day with isolated showers. Winds will be E/SE at 15 to 20km/h, becoming light in the late afternoon. 

A top of 28 is forecast after an overnight low of 20.

Tides: High 3.90m at 9.08am and 4.37m at 9.30pm; low 0.67m at 3.08am and 0.53m at 3.18pm.

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 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.

WHAT'S ON

The first part of a three-session program for parents and carers to learn how to manage children aged from two to 12 years with difficult behaviours starts today.

The 1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching Parenting Course is on from 6.30pm to 8.30pm. The sessions also will be held on May 6 and 13. For more information contact Debbie Flaherty on 4972 1184.

Day and evening tai chi classes are held at the Uniting Church Hall, Dixon Drive. For more details and enrolment phone 4972 9552 or email admin @gata.org.au.

Beginner belly dance classes are on from 6.20pm at the QCWA Hall in Oaka Lane. Great for fun and fitness for women of all ages, sizes and fitness levels.

For more information phone Melanie on 4975 0815 or 0413 004 580.  

A free business masterclass in how to manage the cycles of boom and bust is being hosted by Shirlaws from 10am to 1.30pm at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre. More details here.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

Renegade candidate for the safe seat of Gympie, Scott Elms, says no legal action has been taken against him by Member for Gympie David Gibson. More here.

A coroner will examine whether a recreational cyclist should have been allowed to ride along a section of the Warrego Hwy near Ipswich where he died in a collision with a semi-trailer. More here.

Hoons in regional Queensland are on notice as the mobile car-crushing unit makes it way around the state to enforce anti-hooning laws. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

Treasurer Joe Hockey is set to bring in new taxes ranging in size from $800 to $8000 a year to tackle the nation's growing debt. More here.

A minor party Senator has hit out at moves by the major political parties to reform the Senate voting system, labelling the efforts a "travesty of justice". More here.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he will make it tougher for new retirees to qualify for the age pension after the next election and has given his strongest signal yet that he will target Medicare in his first budget. More here.

WORLD NEWS

Emergency officials in the US are searching for survivors after powerful tornadoes carved a path of destruction through Arkansas and Oklahoma, killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 100. More here.

Pro-Russian separatists armed with baseball bats have attacked a rally in support of Ukrainian unity in the separatist-held city of Donetsk, amid rising tension and disorder in the country's east. More here.

ENTERTAINMENT

Adelaide mums Bree and Jessica will face off against young guns Kelly and Chloe in tomorrow night's My Kitchen Rules grand final. More here.

SPORT

Controversial former NRL player Ryan Tandy has reportedly been found dead from a drug overdose. More here.

FIFA president Sepp Blatter has joined widespread outrage over a fan throwing a banana at Barcelona full-back Dani Alves. More here.

Brisbane Roar's Thomas Broich has been crowned the A-League's best player for a second time. More here.

Scans have cleared Lance Franklin of serious damage to his knee and Sydney expect their prized recruit to take on Brisbane at the Gabba on Saturday night. More here.

HISTORY

  • 1429 - Joan of Arc led Orleans, France, to victory over Britain.
  • 1770 - Lieutenant James Cook discovered and named Botany Bay.
  • 1789 - Australia's first bushranger, John "Black" Caesar, was tried for theft, leading him to make escape plans.
  • 1913 - Gideon Sundback patented an all-purpose zipper.
  • 1916 - Irish nationalists surrendered to British authorities in Dublin.
  • 1918 - Germany's Western Front offensive ended in World War I.
  • 1941 - The town of Meeberrie, Western Australia, was hit by an earthquake.
  • 1945 - The German Army in Italy surrendered unconditionally to the Allies.


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