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Here's what you need to know today: May 28

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

WEATHER

A mostly sunny day is forecast today with isolated showers in the north this morning and afternoon. Winds will be light.

We're heading for a top of 27 after a low of 17.

Tides: High 3.57m at 8.51am and 4.26m at 9.10pm; low 0.83m at 2.53am and 0.68m at 2.54pm.

Click here for more local weather information.

POLICE

Another car has been found set on fire in the Calliope area, following an arson attack that damaged two four-wheel-drives on Monday. More here.

ROADS

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.

Blackgate Road at Wooderson is closed.

WHAT'S ON

It's Origin time! Pubs and clubs around Gladstone will be hosting Origin events, and if you're staying at home, the coverage kicks off at 7.30pm on Channel 9.

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

The LNP has sidestepped questions about its plummeting popularity after polling showed it was losing ground in previously safe seat, More here.

Queensland Health has confirmed six cases of measles in North Lakes and issued a measles alert for anyone who visited several venues across Brisbane. More here.

Police are investigating the surrounding the death of a three-year-old girl in Mount Isa last night. More here.

Two projects at opposite ends of the state are now frontrunners to securing the remaining two casino licences the State Government is offering. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

Public servants have been unable to explain how a $1 billion cut to increases in council payments will affect regional Australia. More here.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has told Coalition backbenchers to stand firm on the government's first budget, despite nervousness about the growing fallout in the ranks. More here.

Former NSW police officer Roger Rogerson has been charged with the murder of 20-year-old Jamie Gao. More here.

WORLD NEWS

Boko Haram gunmen attacked a Nigerian military base and adjacent police barracks in the north-eastern town of Buni Yadi, killing 31 security personnel, security sources and witnesses said. More here.

Egyptian state media is reporting that polling in the country's presidential election has been extended to a third day following a low voter turnout. More here.

The United States plans to reduce its military presence in Afghanistan to 9,800 troops this year and withdraw completely by the end of 2016. More here.

ENTERTAINMENT

A syringe used by the late Peaches Geldof to inject heroin before she died was found by police in a drawer at her home in Wrotham, Kent. More here.

SPORT

The Blues are expected to present new challenges for the Maroons as the State of Origin clock goes back 99 games to where it all began at Lang Park. More here.

Dragons premiership coach Wayne Bennett could be headed back to the red-and-whites after his replacement Steve Price was axed from the top job yesterday. More here.

Colombian Nairo Quintana claimed the leader's jersey after a controversial 16th stage at the Giro d'Italia. More here.

Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic both continued Australian men's bad French Open run, losing in the first round. More here.

HISTORY

  • 585BC - Thales of Miletus predicts a solar eclipse.
  • 1814 - Governor Macquarie offers a free pardon to absconded Tasmanian convicts, except for murderers.
  • 1928 - Chrysler Corporation merges with Dodge Brothers, Inc. 1
  • 929 - Warner Brothers debutes "On With The Show" in New York City. It was the first all-colour talking picture.
  • 1940 - During World War II, Belgium surrenders to Germany.
  • 1961 - Amnesty International, a human rights organisation, is founded.
  • 2000 - 250,000 people walk across the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the People's Walk for Reconciliation during Coroboree 2000.

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