Here's what you need to know today: May 27

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

WEATHER

Gladstone can expect a partly cloudy day with isolated light showers. Winds will be E/SE at 15 to 20 km/h tending E/NE 15 to 25 km/h in the morning, then becoming light in the evening.

A top of 26 is forecast after a low of 16. 

Tides: High 3.64m at 8.09am and 4.26m at 8.32pm; low 0.86m at 2.11am and 0.63m at 2.17pm.

Click here for more local weather information.

POLICE

Police are investigating after two cars collided at Boyne Plaza car park yesterday, and a medical centre at Biloela was broken into over the weekend. Click here for the latest police news.

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

A Biggest Morning Tea event will be held at shed 19, Dalrymple Dr, Toolooa at 10am. A gold coin donation entry applies. Listen to cancer survivor Jacquie Gregory share her story. For more information phone 4979 3626. 

A free Curtis Island Construction tour will run today, taking in the sights and sounds of Gladstone Harbour. The tours run every second month, and depart from the marina ferry terminal at 8.30am. Bookings are essential. Phone 4972 9000.

Day and evening tai chi classes are held at the Uniting Church Hall, Dixon Drive. For more details and enrolment phone 4972 9552 or email admin @gata.org.au.

Beginner belly dance classes are on from 6.20pm at the QCWA Hall in Oaka Lane. Great for fun and fitness for women of all ages, sizes and fitness levels.

For more information phone Melanie on 4975 0815 or 0413 004 580.  

Just Rock Gladstone will hold beginner rockabilly classes weekly until June 17 at the Gladstone Bowls Club in Ferris St. The 40-minute classes will start at 7pm. Cost is $5 per person.

To register, contact Lyn on 0409 620 052 after 3pm.

Toadbusters is on from 7pm for those keen on keeping this threat to native wildlife under control. Phone Tracey Fenech  on 4972 4969 for the location.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

It would seem the worst kept secret in Queensland could be finally out of the bag, with all indicators pointing to the State Government preparing itself to seek a mandate at next year's election to sell of state assets. More here.

Two men were treated for back injuries after their home-built light aircraft crashed on a Leyburn property yesterday. More here.

A German tourist has sustained multiple injuries after being hit by a car at Noosa Heads yesterday. Two other people also were injured in the incident. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

A recording of a G4S security briefing on Manus Island contradicts claims the company has made to both a Senate inquiry and an independent review of the violence which left one man dead and 62 injured in February. More here.

Labor Senator John Faulkner has accused the Department of Parliamentary Services (DPS) in Canberra of spying on him using CCTV cameras. More here.

Aboriginal people in remote communities fear they could be hit hardest by welfare measures announced in the federal budget and are uncertain how changes will be applied. More here.

WORLD NEWS

Ukrainian government warplanes have carried out airstrikes against pro-Russian rebels who seized Donetsk international airport, as both sides mounted an aggressive show of force following the election of a new president. More here.

Victories in European Parliament elections by nationalist and Eurosceptic parties has left the EU facing a giant policy dilemma. More here.

Seoul says Chinese and South Korean diplomats have agreed North Korea's nuclear activity poses a threat to regional stability. More here.

ENTERTAINMENT

A cast member of the hit HBO series Game of Thrones, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is in Australia. He plays Jamie Lannister in the series. More here.

SPORT

Samantha Stosur overcame five stitches in her leg to post an easy first-round French Open win against Monica Puig. More here.

The Socceroos were held to a 1-1 draw by South Africa in their Sydney farewell match before the World Cup in Brazil. More here.

Gary Ablett remains runaway favourite for the Brownlow Medal, with the Gold Coast captain cleared by the AFL match review panel for his elbow on Liam Picken. More here.

Star full-back James Tedesco will have decided his future by the time he returns for Wests Tigers next week, and, according to his manager, it will not be solely dictated by money. More here.

HISTORY

  • 1647 - Achsah Young, a resident of Connecticut, was executed for being a witch. It was the first recorded American execution of a witch.
  • 1933 - Walt Disney's film Three Little Pigs was first released.
  • 1933 - In the US, the Federal Securities Act was signed. The act required the registration of securities with the Federal Trade Commission.
  • 1935 - The US Supreme Court declared that President Franklin Roosevelt's National Industrial Recovery Act was unconstitutional.
  • 1968 - After 48 years as coach of the Chicago Bears, George Halas retired.
  • 2010 - Universal Studios reopened its backlot. The area had been destroyed by a fire two years before.


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