Here's what you need to know today: February 19

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

WEATHER

Gladstone is in for a cloudy day today with areas of rain, easing to patchy light rain in the afternoon. There's a chance of thunderstorms.

Winds will be from the north-east at 15 to 25km/h, becoming north north-easterly and light in the evening. 

We're heading for a top of 30 degrees after an overnight low of 24.

Tides: High 3.78m at 11.30am and 3.64m at 11.55pm; low 1.15m at 5.22am and 1.08m at 5.41pm.

More local weather information here.

POLICE

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WHAT'S ON

Florian 'Venom' Kohler, one of the world's most talented pool players, is appearing at the Gladstone Darts Hall, 10 Moura Crescent, Barney Point, tonight. Doors open at 6pm and the show starts at 7pm.

Tickets are $20 adults and $10 children and pensioners. For more information phone 0418 196 496.

You can learn how to use the the Gladstone region's fitness stations with a free, one-hour session led by a personal trainer. 

There will be a session at the Seventeen Seventy SES Grounds fitness station at 8.30am and at the Gladstone Lions Park fitness station at 1pm.

Phone Thea Roberts on 4902 1100 to book the Seventeen Seventy session, and Rob 0428 138 993 to book for Gladstone.

Settlers Gladstone is offering free tai chi for over 55s throughout February. Instructor Barbra Holgate will host a class from 9.30-10.30am. For more information phone Cheryl on 4979 0866. 

ROADS

The daily start and finish time of works on Euleilah Creek Bridge will now be between 7am to 4pm Monday to Friday. 

The bridge will continue to open to motorists for 10 minutes on the hour with exceptions for the school bus and emergency services, and will return to normal (open) each day after 4pm and all day Saturdays and Sundays.

Ferguson Rd at Calliope is closed until further notice.

Road resurfacing is happening in the Calliope and Beecher area this week, with minor traffic delays expected. Work will occur on Popenia Rd, Wilmott Rd, Old Bruce Highway, Schilling Lane, Jefferis Rd, Wyndham Rd, Schultze Rd, McIntosh Rd and Chamberlain Rd.

Road resurfacing works are being carried out in the Agnes Water and Miriam Vale areas and may affect the following roads: Round Hill Rd, Lowmead Rd, Hills Rd, Taunton Rd, Coast Rd, Matchbox Rd, Maud Hill Rd, Hinrichs Rd and Blackmans Gap Rd.

The Burnett Highway is closed to all traffic between Bouldercombe and Mount Morgan due to a rock slide on the Mount Morgan range.

There's an alternate route to Mt Morgan via the Burnett Highway, Poison Creek Road and Razorback Road. Detour signage is in place. 

Beach access to Lilley's Beach via the Boyne Treatment Plant is closed and will remain so until the council can remove large amounts of debris from the area.

Sandy Creek on Turkey Beach Rd is down to a single lane on weekdays between 6am and 6pm, and two lanes after 6pm.

QUEENSLAND NEWS

Two minutes. That was the likely window between Daniel Morcombe catching his bus and being abducted and murdered. More here.

The repeated failure of a Toowoomba primary school to properly report claims of sexual abuse against young girls has been revealed. More here.

NATIONAL NEWS

A Canberra court will today be asked to consider a stay on charges against the former federal parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper. More here.

Prime Minster Tony Abbott will meet with Victorian Premier Denis Napthine in Melbourne today to discuss the latest job losses in the embattled state. More here.

A helicopter will make a final sweep off the South Australian coast today but a search has otherwise ended for two missing fishermen. More here.

WORLD NEWS

At least 11 people have died in Ukraine's capital Kiev, in the worst day of violence since anti-government demonstrations erupted 12 weeks ago. More here.

Iran and six world powers have started the first formal round of negotiations towards a long-term agreement on Tehran's nuclear program. More here.

ENTERTAINMENT

JK Rowling will release her second novel, Silkworm, under her alias Robert Galbraith later this year following the success of The Cuckoo's Calling. More here.

Bob Casale, the guitarist and original member of the US New Wave band Devo best known for the 1980 hit Whip It, has died from heart failure at the age of 61. More here.

SPORT

Dominic Demschar, 20, will live out his dream tonight when he represents Australia in the giant slalom at the Winter Olympics. More here.

The Australian cricket side was not entirely satisfied with its thumping win over South Africa and believes there is still room for improvement. More here.

TODAY IN HISTORY

  • 1836 - British Parliament officially proclaims the colony of South Australia.
  • 1856 - The tintype camera was patented by Professor Hamilton L Smith.
  • 1879 - The foundation stone for Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building is laid.
  • 1881 - Kansas was the first state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages.
  • 1937 - 3000 Ethiopians are massacred by Italian forces.
  • 1942 - About 150 Japanese warplanes attacked Darwin, Australia.
  • 1981 - Ford Motor Company announced a loss of $1.5 billion.
  • 1985 - Cherry Coke was introduced by the Coca-Cola Company.