Here's what you need to know today: May 12

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

WEATHER

A partly cloudy day is forecast with isolated showers becoming more widespread during the afternoon. There's the chance of isolated thunderstorms from early this afternoon.

Winds will be S/SE and light tending E/SE at 15 to 25 km/h in the morning then becoming light in the evening. 

A top of 26 is expected after a low of 17.

Tides: High 3.72m at 7.23am and 4.03m at 7.52pm; low 1.08m at 1.23am and 0.75m at 1.29pm.

Click here for more local weather information.

ROADS

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

Enjoy yoga from 8am 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.

Low-impact aerobic classes for over-50s are held from 9-10am at the Senior Citizens Centre, Port Curtis Pl Hall, Oaka Ln. For more information phone Ann on 4978 2965 or Lynn on 4978 4552.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

Graeme Acton, one of Australia's most successful and respected beef barons, died in hospital on Friday night, surrounded by his family. More here.

A Victorian man and a Morayfield woman will face court on Monday morning over the alleged abduction of a two-year-old girl from Ipswich. More here.

A miner killed when he was caught in a suspected gas pocket at Grasstree Mine has left behind a newborn baby, his wife Melissa and two daughters, Eva and Isabel. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

A freeze on politician wages, new taxes, higher medical costs and welfare cuts are in the mix for Tuesday's budget. More here.

Scores of people on government handouts due to disability could soon be examined by independent doctors to decide if their welfare payments should be cut. More here.

Researchers have established a new explanation for why southern Australia has dried out over the past few decades - and it is all to do with Antarctica. More here.

WORLD NEWS

Rebels in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine have claimed that 89 per cent of voters had cast ballots in favour of independence in a disputed referendum on Sunday, with 10 per cent against. More here.

Egypt's public prosecutor has charged 200 suspected Islamist militants with "founding, leading and joining a terrorist organisation" and launching bomb and rocket attacks across the country. More here.

Blueprints to create a handgun with a 3-D printer were downloaded through the Internet to at least eight personal computers in Japan, a US political organisation has said. More here.

SPORT

Australian and St George rugby league great Reg Gasnier has died in Sydney nursing home after a long illness. More here.

Police are appealing for witnesses to an alleged pub stoush, which led to the arrest of NRL star Mitchell Pearce in Kings Cross at the weekend, to come forward. More here.

The Queensland Reds are officially out of answers after being humiliated by the Crusaders in a one-sided romp at Suncorp Stadium.  More here.

Adam Scott's bid to become world number one is on hold after a disappointing final round at The Players Championship. More here.

HISTORY

  • 1797 - Napoleon I of France conquers Venice in the War of the First Coalition.
  • 1937 - The Duke and Duchess of York are crowned as King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland at a ceremony in Westminster Abbey.
  • 1942 - 1500 Fifteen hundred Jews are sent to gas chambers in Auschwitz.
  • 1965 - The Soviet spacecraft Luna 5 crashes on the moon.
  • 1989 - The San Bernardino train disaster kills four people, then an underground gasoline pipeline explodes, killing two more.
  • 2008 - An earthquake measuring 8.0 magnitude hits occurs in Sichuan, China, killing more than 69,000 people.


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