Here's what you need to know today: March 25

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

WEATHER

RESIDENTS can expect a cloudy day today with isolated showers in the Capricornia Forecast District increasing to rain in the afternoon.

With isolated thunderstorms predicted daytime maximum temperatures are in the mid to high 20s.

We're expecting a top of 27 after a low of 22. 

Tides: High 3.69m at 4.14am and 3.28m at 4.55pm; low 1.34m at 10.54am and 1.36m at 11.51pm.

More local weather information here.

WHAT'S ON

WISHING to play Indoor bowls? Come along to the Senior Citizens' Centre, Port Curtis Pl, 83 Oak Lane, on Tuesdays at 9-11.15am, and Thursdays from 1-3pm. For information phone 4972 4465.

TAI chi classes are held on Tuesdays at the Uniting Church Hall, Dixon Dr at 8.45am for beginners, 9.45am next step class and 6.30pm suitable for everyone. They are designed to improve the health and well-being of people with arthritis, and programs are suitable for anyone who would like to take better care of their health. For more information call 4972 9552.

AFTERSCHOOL art classes are held at Calliope every Tuesday between 3.30-5pm. The program is aimed at children between age 6-12. Students explore different techniques and mediums. Cost is $10. For more details contact Sue Daw on 4975 7046.

GLADSTONE Performing Arts Company Youth Theatre groups meet every Tuesday at the Salvation Army Hall in Goondoon St. Activities include singing, dancing, acting, drama and theatre sports. Prep-Year 3 group meet from 3.30-4pm, Years 4-12 group 4.15 to 5.15pm. When numbers increase, the Years 4-12 group will divide into a Years 4-6 group and a Year 7-12 group who will meet from 5.30 to 6.30pm. For further information contact Sarah on 0408 728 594 or find the group of Facebook.

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.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

 A CALOUNDRA man has been charged in relation to the alleged indecent treatment of a 15-year-old girl. It will be alleged that the man used a social media website to connect with the girl. More here.

PREMIER Campbell Newman said if Gympie Regional Council could outline a definitive plan in relation to flood mitigation to better protect homes and businesses in the city the government would be happy to help. More here.

A WOMAN in her 20s is dead following a stabbing at an Upper Mount Gravatt hotel overnight. More here.

PREMIER Campbell Newman has praised Health Minister and local member Lawrence Springborg for his leadership and determination in turning around the state's once ailing health system. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

NOW Australia's most highly ranked Catholic, and bound for a job at the Vatican, 72-year-old Cardinal Pell has faced a Royal Commission to explain the church's actions in regard to a child sexual abuse victim. More here.

CROPS of wheat, beef, dairy and sugar across Australia could be hit by a 10% fall in production due to climate change, hitting the global effort to feed the growing population. More here.

EVIDENCE of ecstasy pills and "hash cookies" being consumed at a party attended by high-ranking police officers from across NSW, was captured during a major undercover sting targeting North Coast officers, a Sydney court has heard. More here.

WORLD

BAD weather could significantly hamper the efforts to find the debris from Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. New Zealand Air Force Air Commodore Mike Yardley said weather system approaching the search area will bring "significantly" bad weather. More here.

THE Leader of The Nationals Warren Truss has said the Coalition's junior partner will back a free trade agreement with China, if it's modelled on a similar deal with Korea. More here.

SPORT

MELBOURNE Storm made it three wins from three last night but the 28-20 victory over the Newcastle Knights at AAMI Park was overshadowed by a serious neck injury to Knights forward Alex McKinnon. More here.

BRISBANE Lions midfielder Tom Rockliff is likely to miss Sunday's home game against Geelong after being hit with a level two rough conduct charge by the match review panel yesterday. More here.

NEWCASTLE Jets goalkeeper Mark Birighitti could join fellow Australian Robbie Kruse at Bundesliga club Bayer Leverkusen after it was confirmed he had flown to meet key club representatives in Germany. More here.

IRISH galloper Gordon Lord Byron will make his Australian racecourse debut on Saturday when he contests the $1 million Group One George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill. More here.

TODAY IN HISTORY

  • 1807 - British Parliament abolished the slave trade.
  • 1857 - Frederick Laggenheim took the first photo of a solar eclipse.
  • 1905 - Russia received Japan's terms for peace.
  • 1954 - RCA manufactured its first colour TV set and began mass production.
  • 1965 - Martin Luther King Jr. led a group of 25,000 to the state capital in Montgomery, AL.
  • 1970 - The Concorde made its first supersonic flight.
  • 1990 - A fire in Happy Land, an illegal New York City social club, killed 87 people.
  • 1995 - Boxer Mike Tyson was released from jail after serving three years.
  • 1998 - A cancer patient was the first known to die under Oregon's doctor-assisted suicide law.


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