Here's what you need to know today: May 14

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

WEATHER

Gladstone can expect a partly cloudy day with isolated showers. There's the chance of thunderstorms from early this afternoon. Winds will be E/SE at 15 to 25km/h, becoming light in the late evening.

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

Tides: High 3.76m at 8.44am and 4.31m at 9.09pm; low 0.77m at 2.48am and 0.57m at 2.46pm.

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.

POLICE

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WHAT'S ON

Port Curtis Toastmasters will meet at Shed 19, 19 Dalrymple Dr, Gladstone from 7.30-9pm. Improve your speaking, listening, leadership and sales skills while developing self confidence. Phone Colleen 4975 7352 for more details. 

The Gladstone Community Hub is offering a course covering lifestyle skills such as money recognition, reading a recipe, filling in forms and reading a timetable on Wednesdays from 9.30-11.30am.

Cost is $5 per lesson, with each lesson limited to 10 participants. Call 4979 4821 to register. 

The Hub also holds gentle exercise, stretch and relaxation classes each Wednesday. Sign in from 1.30pm at the hub, which is at 5 Buller St, Gladstone, to set up your yoga mat and start the one-hour class at 1.45pm.

Cost is $5 and everyone over the age of 16 is welcome. 

The Friends of Bindaree Wednesday Garage Sale is on at Bindaree Lodge, 1 Beacon Ave, Boyne Island, from 7.30-11am.

There will be bargains on second-hand clothing, manchester, books, footwear, toys, furniture and more.

Gladstone Community Health is running a speech pathology drop-in clinic every Wednesday morning from 9-10am at the Community Health Building at Gladstone Hospital.

The clinic is open to Gladstone children aged under five years who have difficulties speaking and understanding instructions. For more information phone 4976 3387.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

Premier Campbell Newman and federal MP Clive Palmer are engaged in the fight you have when you're not having a fight, engaging in an ongoing war of words while both claiming they're not fighting. More here.

A man has been charged following a 12-hour siege at Currumbin yesterday that resulted in an emergency situation being declared. More here.

Learner drivers who speed in their practical test will automatically fail under a plan being piloted at seven different locations across Queensland. More here.

An elderly woman has damaged eight parked cars after doing two reverse doughnuts in a Brisbane shopping centre carpark. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

Australian families will lose about $6 billion over the next five years in changes to benefits, while the sick will pay $7 to visit a GP. More here.

Treasurer Joe Hockey has bought down a budget that hits middle Australia with cuts and price hikes, while lauding smaller government. More here.

The Federal Budget will entrench disadvantage in Australian schools by failing to honour the last two years of the Gonski schools funding reforms, a teachers' union says. More here.

Australian business has welcomed Joe Hockey's tough budget, saying it will lay the foundation for the future. More here.

Young people wishing to sign onto the dole will be forced to wait six months before they receive a cent of government money, after which they will have to work for the dole for another six months before either getting a job, or getting cut off again for another six months. More here.

WORLD NEWS

Seventeen coal miners were killed on Tuesday in an explosion and fire at a mine in western Turkey which trapped more than 200 others inside. More here.

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert has been sentenced to six years in jail on corruption charges in what he describes as an "unjust and severe" punishment. More here.

Exit polls show Bharatiya Janata Party candidate Narendra Modi is likely to be India's next prime minister. More here.

SPORT

The league's tribunal panel had last night off after all players booked by the Match Review Panel on Monday accepted their punishments yesterday. More here.

Wanderers coach Tony Popovic believes his team can record a 2-0 win over the defending J-League champions tonight, and create history by advancing through to the quarter-finals of the Asian Champions League. More here.

The Roosters have stood Mitchell Pearce down for one game and fined him after an incident at a Kings Cross nightclub. More here.

Ipswich's Ashleigh Barty is not ruling out a career-best grand-slam run after being awarded a wildcard into the French Open. More here.

HISTORY

  • 1796 - The first smallpox vaccination was given by Edward Jenner.
  • 1853 - Gail Borden applied for a patent for condensed milk.
  • 1878 - The name Vaseline was registered by Robert A. Chesebrough.
  • 1879 - Thomas Edison incorporated the Edison Telephone Company of Europe.
  • 1961 - A bus carrying Freedom Riders was bombed and burned in Alabama.
  • 1985 - The first McDonald's restaurant became the first fast-food business museum. It is located in Des Plaines, Illinois.
  • 1998 - The final episode of the TV series Seinfeld aired after nine years on NBC.


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