Here's what you need to know today: March 20

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

WEATHER

Gladstone can expect a cloudy day with isolated showers, increasing to scattered during the day. There will be possible heavy falls in the far north of the region.

Winds will be east south-easterly at 20 to 30 km/h. A top temperature of 29 degrees is predicted after a low of 23. 

Tides: High 3.70m at 11.10am and 3.90m at 11.36pm; low 1.04m at 05.12am and 0.99m at 5.15pm.

More local weather information here.

WHAT'S ON

The movie Sharkwater will be screened at Gladstone Library at 6.30pm. Entry is by donation.

Exploring sharks started as an underwater adventure for the film's maker Rob Stewart and quickly became a beautiful and dangerous life journey into the balance of life on earth.

Gladstone Regional Council will host a Welcome to Gladstone Region Morning Tea at Boyne Island from 10am.

The morning tea is a great opportunity for new residents and visitors to learn more about the egion and its services and attractions, and meet new people in an informal environment.

The venue is at the corner of Wyndham and Hayes Ave, Boyne Island. Phone 4976 6300 for more.

ROADS

Upgrade works to the pram ramp paths on the corners of the Tank and Auckland Streets intersection in Gladstone have started. 

Works will be carried out between 7am to 3pm and will be at one corner at a time to minimise traffic disruptions. More here.

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

Queensland's Attorney-General has announced he will appeal the 20-year minimum sentence handed to Daniel Morcombe's killer. More here.

The construction and resources industries are expected to save about $24 million through a new bill introduced into Queensland Parliament this week. More here.

Police conducting investigations into the alleged concealed births at a property in Gin Gin have finalised the excavation at the property. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

Tony Abbott's six-month-old government has been plunged into its first ministerial crisis after Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos fell on his sword, becoming the first federal victim of a widening corruption investigation by the Independent Commission Against Corruption. More here.

One of the independents who might determine which side governs in South Australia has given a strong indication he could support Jay Weatherill as premier and deliver Labor a fourth consecutive term in power. More here.

The dramatic ongoing loss of Australian animal and plant species has prompted influential scientists to call on governments to start making tough decisions about which ones to save - and which species should be left to face extinction. More here.

WORLD

Reeva Steenkamp had her arms crossed above her head as she tried to protect herself from bullets fired by Oscar Pistorius through a locked door, his murder trial heard. More here.

Malaysia has asked the FBI to try to restore data deleted from the flight simulator found in the home of the pilot of the missing Malaysian Airlines jet. More here.

Toyota has reached a record $1.32 billion settlement to resolve a criminal investigation into safety issues linked to at least five deaths. More here.

ENTERTAINMENT

The Rolling Stones have assured disappointed Australian and New Zealand fans the band will return to play the tour postponed by the death of frontman Mick Jagger's fashion designer girlfriend L'Wren Scott. More here.

SPORT

The Central Coast Mariners face an uphill battle to progress to the knockout stage of the Asian Champions League after suffering a 2-1 loss to Beijing Guoan. More here.

Australia has warmed up for the World Twenty20 with a three-run win over New Zealand in a practice match in Fatullah, Bangladesh on Thursday. More here.

Team Australia coach Jon Deeble believes we could be on the verge of an unprecedented era for baseball Down Under. More here.

Charles Greenhalgh's golf gets better with age, and he's got three hole-in-ones after he turned 70 to prove it. More here.

TODAY IN HISTORY

  • 1942 - US General Douglas Macarthur first makes his famous "I shall return" speech at Terowie, South Australia.
  • 1963 - The first "Pop Art" exhibit began in New York City.
  • 1972 - 19 mountain climbers were killed on Japan's Mount Fuji during an avalanche.
  • 1985 - CBS-TV presented the show The Romance of Betty Boop.
  • 1992 - Janice Pennington was awarded $1.3 million for an accident on the set of the Price is Right TV show.
  • 1999 - Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones became the first men to circumnavigate the Earth in a hot air balloon. The non-stop trip began on March 3 and covered 26,500 miles.
     


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