Here's what you need to know today: May 29

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

WEATHER

There will be patchy fog early this morning before a sunny afternoon. Winds will be light.

We're heading for a top of 27 after a low of 16. 

Tides: High 3.49m at 9.31am and 4.21m at 9.47pm; low: 0.84m at 3.32am and 0.77m at 3.28pm.

Click here for more local weather information.

ROADS

11am: Roadworks on the Dawson Hwy are stopping traffic between Kirkwood Rd and Harvey Rd, with just a single lane of traffic moving.

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

The Eisteddfod office at 32b Tank St will have volunteers on duty today and Friday from 9am-5pm to receive and process entries. 

You can join local councillors for a cuppa and a chat Drakes Calliope, Yarwun Hall, Bororen State School and Lowmead Hall.

The CouncillorConnect sessions will be held from 9.30am to 10.15am. Individual appointment times also are available.

A dementia information session will be held at the Rosedale Hall at 1.30pm. Phone Deb Sanderson 4902 1100 for more details.

The Port Curtis Place Senior Citizens Centre holds aerobics classes and snooker games every Thursday from 9-10am. The centre at 83 Oaka Lane, Gladstone. For more information call 4972 4465.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

Queensland cyclists will continue not having to pay any registration fees to use roads or multi-million dollar purpose built cycle ways across the state. More here.

A Caloundra mother is horrified a man convicted of raping her nine-year-old boy was able to send him a love letter from inside prison. More here.

A former Tennis Australia coach, and top ranked junior, was caught in an online sting sending sexual messages to a girl he believed was 13 years old. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

Frank Lowy's Westfield shopping centre empire pays less than a third of the corporate tax rate, a report has found, sparking calls for an inquiry into the tax contribution of Australia's biggest companies. More here.

Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne has floated the idea of collecting student debts from the dead as a way of boosting the budget bottom line. More here.

Money for the Abbott Government's $40 million Reef Trust may come from an equivalent cut to the $200 million Reef Rescue water quality program. More here.

The head of Australia's biggest mining company has backed the federal budget, saying the pain has been fairly shared. More here.

WORLD NEWS

US president Barack Obama says the greatest threat to the US remains terrorism, adding that a "critical focus" of his administration's future counterterrorism efforts will be in Syria. More here.

Four more girls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants last month have escaped their captors, according to the education commissioner for Nigeria's Borno state, leaving 219 still missing. More here.

PNG police have criticised an Australian report into the Manus Island detention centre riots and say it hampers their own investigations. More here.

SPORT

New South Wales coach Laurie Daley has paid tribute to his boys after a gut wrenching win over Queensland in enemy territory in the 100th State of Origin. More here.

Brent Tate says rugby league's power brokers owe it to young Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon and his shattered family to wipe lifting tackles from the game. More here.

Malcolm Glazer, the owner of English Premier League giants Manchester United, has died aged 86. More here.

Samantha Stosur has powered her way into the French Open third round with a straight-sets win over Yvonne Meusburger. More here.

HISTORY

  • 1953 - Sir Edmund Hillary reaches the summit of Mt Everest.
  • 1790 - Rhode Island became the last of the original 13 colonies to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
  • 1912 - Fifteen women were dismissed from their jobs at the Curtis Publishing Company in Philadelphia, PA, for dancing the Turkey Trot while on the job.
  • 1917 - Tasmania's coat of arms is approved by Royal Warrant from King George V.
  • 1962 - Buck (John) O'Neil became the first black coach in major league baseball when he accepted the job with the Chicago Cubs.
  • 1999 - Space shuttle Discovery completed the first docking with the International Space Station.


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