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

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

WEATHER

Gladstone is in for a partly cloudy day with isolated showers in the morning. Winds will be from the east at 15 to 25 km/h.

We're heading for a top of 30 degrees after an overnight low of 22.

Tides: High 4.62m at 8.29am and 4.17m at 8.52pm; low 0.53m at 2.14am and 0.37m at 2.52pm.

More local weather information here.

POLICE

Click here and here for the latest police news.

WHAT'S ON

Click here for a list of what's on in the Gladstone region this weekend.

The Agnes Blues and Roots Festival is underway with some old favourites, some new old favourites, a spectacular show that wowed the crowd at Byron Bluesfest, headline acts across the weekend as well as up and coming talent from around Australia.

Today's session gets underway at 2pm. Details here.

The Reef2Beach Longboard Classic, an iconic Agnes Water event bringing awesome talent from around the globe, kicks off today at 7am.

Sydney Hotshots are appearing live at the Grand Hotel Gladstone with two hours of non-stop entertainment with some of Australia's hottest guys live on stage.

The show kicks off at 8pm. For tickets phone 4972 2422 or visit the Grand Hotel.

Biloela Kindy will host a quiz night at the Anzac Memorial Club. Cost is $10 per player and registrations are required.

Phone 4992 1327 for more details.

ROADS

The daily start and finish time of works on Euleilah Creek Bridge will now be between 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday. 

The bridge will continue to open to motorists for 10 minutes on the hour with exceptions for the school bus and emergency services, and will return to normal (open) each day after 4pm and all day Saturdays and Sundays.

Ferguson Rd at Calliope is closed until further notice.

Road resurfacing works are being carried out in the Agnes Water and Miriam Vale areas and may affect the following roads: Round Hill Rd, Lowmead Rd, Hills Rd, Taunton Rd, Coast Rd, Matchbox Rd, Maud Hill Rd, Hinrichs Rd and Blackmans Gap Rd.

The Burnett Highway is closed to all traffic between Bouldercombe and Mount Morgan due to a rock slide on the Mount Morgan range.

There's an alternate route to Mt Morgan via the Burnett Highway, Poison Creek Road and Razorback Road. Detour signage is in place. 

Sandy Creek on Turkey Beach Rd is down to a single lane on weekdays between 6am and 6pm, and two lanes after 6pm.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

Murder accused Brett Peter Cowan told his new mate he had revealed his "deepest darkest secret" for the first time when he confessed to killing Daniel Morcombe. More here.

An outbreak of chicken pox in Gympie and on the Sunshine Coast is likely connected to the region's low childhood vaccination rates. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

Prime Minister Tony Abbott told parliament he personally "grieves" for the 5000-odd Qantas workers waiting for a redundancy letter on Thursday. More here.

Meanwhile, Qantas boss Alan Joyce will begin talks with unions today after the airline announced it would shed the jobs as part of a plan to save $2 billion over the coming three years. More here.

An environment group has taken the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to court over its approval of the Abbot Point dredging project. More here.

WORLD NEWS

A pet parrot in India has been credited with helping catch the man who allegedly murdered its owner, a relative said. More here.

North Korea has test-fired four short-range missiles off its east coast, according to South Korea's Defence Ministry. More here.

Pro-Russian armed men seized control of parliament and government buildings in the Ukrainian region of Crimea on Thursday and hoisted Russian flags, officials said. More here.

SPORT

David Warner has been fined almost $3000 by the ICC for his controversial comments regarding the reverse swing South Africa generated in the second Test. More here.

Australia has won gold in the men's team pursuit, beating Denmark in the final at the world track cycling championships in Cali, Colombia. More here.

West Coast and the wet Sydney weather put a dampener on the Lance Franklin show as the Eagles beat the Swans by 35 points in the AFL pre-season competition at Blacktown on Thursday night. More here.

TODAY IN HISTORY

  • 1790 - John Irving becomes the first convict to be freed in the New South Wales colony.
  • 1940 - The first televised basketball game was shown. The game featured Fordham University and the University of Pittsburgh from Madison Square Gardens in New York City.
  • 1953 - In a Cambridge University laboratory, scientists James D Watson and Francis HC Crick discovered the double-helix structure of DNA.
  • 1979 - Mr Ed, the talking horse from the TV show of the same name, died.
  • 1986 - Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated in Stockholm.
  • 2002 - In Ahmadabad, India, Hindus set fire to homes in a Muslim neighbourhood. At least 55 people were killed in the attack.


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