Here's what you need to know today: May 6

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

WEATHER

Gladstone will have a mostly sunny day today with light winds. A top of 24 is expected after an overnight low of 12.

Tides: High 3.40m at 1.39am and 2.76m at 2.26pm; low: 1.65m at 8.10am and 1.90m at 8.15pm. 

Click here for more local weather information.

ROADS

Central Lane between Yarroon and Roseberry Sts in Gladstone will be temporarily closed to traffic until Thursday while sewerage upgrade works are completed. Access to properties and businesses fronting Central Lane won't be affected. More here.

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

QCWA Raglan branch will host a hoy and multi-draw morning at the Raglan CWA Hall.

Doors open at 9.30am with a plentiful and delicious morning tea, then jokes, hoy, generous multi-draw raffle with great prizes and top lucky door prize - $1 to come in and play, 50c for second play card, $1 per multi-draw ticket.

For more information phone Chris Ramm 4934 6564.

A video conference will run from 11.30am-12.30pm at the Women's Health Centre in Gladstone for mothers in rural areas. After the workshop, join other mums for a shared lunch and get a free self-care pack, including a Looking After You booklet for mums.

The cost of the workshop is $5 and is free to members. Bookings are essential. Phone 4979 1456. Mums and children welcome.

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 from today 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.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

Disappointing student numbers are behind plans by one of Queensland's most prestigious universities to sell its Ipswich campus by 2015. More here.

The head of corporate affairs for a mining company at the centre of an environmental dispute has been in charge of developing policy on the environment for Queensland's ruling Liberal National Party since 2012. More here.

Struggling dairy farmers in south-east Queensland are exploring opportunities to export milk to Asia in a bid to stay in business. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

Almost one in 10 Australians have experienced some type of misuse of their personal information in the past 12 months. More here.

Treasurer Joe Hockey has hiot back at allegations he allowed access to himself to donors to the NSW Liberal Party for $22,000. More here.

The existing arrangements for the Federal Government to help fund recovery from natural disasters in regional Australia should be abolished, the Abbott Government has been told. More here.

The continued search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been expanded after a Canberra meeting of Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss with senior officials from Malaysia and China. More here.

WORLD NEWS

A marine salvager specialising in extracting cargoes from sunken ships, has recovered its first gold from a 19th-century vessel lying more than a kilometre beneath the Atlantic Ocean. More here.

Ukraine's interior minister says several people have died in intense fighting on the fringes of the rebel-held town of Slaviansk. More here.

The World Health Organisation has declared polio a public health emergency of international concern after the virus was found in 10 countries, including Afghanistan, Nigeria, Pakistan and Syria. More here.

SPORT

Controversial Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has been named English Footballer of the Year by sports writers. More here.

Two New South Wales U20 players have been hit with two-match bans from incidents in Saturday night's Origin clash against their Queensland counterparts. More here.

Brisbane Roar fans set to mourn the departure of star striker Besart Berisha to the Melbourne Victory next season need not fear - the players say a ready-made replacement is already on the roster. More here.

Canberra could be extra chilly on Saturday for Sharks coach Jake White, whose return to the club he walked out on eight months into a three-year deal has not been forgotten by the players, or Brumbies fans. More here.

HISTORY

  • 2002 - Spider-Man became the first movie to make more than $100 million in its first weekend.
  • 1994 - The Chunnel officially opened. The tunnel under the English Channel links England and France.
  • 1957 - US Senator John Fitzgerald Kennedy was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his book Profiles in Courage.
  • 1937 - The German airship Hindenburg crashed and burned in Lakehurst, NJ. Thirty-six people (of the 97 on board) were killed.
  • 1915 - Babe Ruth hit his first major league home run while playing for the Boston Red Sox.
  • 1910 - King Edward VII of England died. He was succeeded by his second son, George V.


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