Monday, December 10, 2012

Asia Pacific Triennial of Art Up Late

We were invited to the opening night of
The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7)
at Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)

Established in 1993, The Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT) is the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art’s flagship international contemporary art event.
It is the only major exhibition series in the world to focus exclusively on the contemporary art of Asia, the Pacific and Australia. APT7 continues the series’ forward-thinking approach to questions of geography, history and culture and how these questions are explored through the work of contemporary artists.

APT7 marks the twentieth anniversary of the APT, and presents an opportunity to reflect on the unprecedented transformations that have occurred in Australia, Asia and the Pacific over the past two decades.
Key themes include transforming landscapes, varied engagements with the city, and the adaptability of local cultures in today's globalised world.

Occupying the entire Gallery of Modern Art and key spaces at the Queensland Art Gallery, APT7 will feature new and recent works by 75 senior and emerging artists and groups from 27 countries across the region.
Major groups of works by younger-generation artists from Indonesia and Vietnam reflect the exciting scenes emerging in those countries. The diversity and depth of Australian Aboriginal art is expressed in the work of five artists, representing some of the most dynamic aspects of Australian art today.

Papua New Guinea 
Two co-curated projects explore specific focuses. Works from Papua New Guinea include a spectacular group of performance masks and painted and carved structures from New Britain and the Sepik, co-curated by architect Martin Fowler. Dominating the entrance and central atrium of the Gallery of Modern Art, this display reflects the idea of ephemeral structures, a central motif of APT7, and considers how the built environment influences people’s engagement with their surroundings and connection to place.

West Asia
0 – Now: Traversing West Asia brings together works by seven artists and collectives from the Middle East and Central Asia. Co-curated by Istanbul-based November Paynter, the project considers the shifting borders, cultural interactions and transforming landscapes of this volatile region.

The 20-Year Archive
To mark the twentieth anniversary of the APT, artists have been invited to interpret archives from across the region for the 20-Year Archive. These include the Gallery’s own Australian Centre of Asia Pacific Art archive, interpreted by Heman Chong; an installation by MAP Office, working with the Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong; and an installation by Raqs Media Collective, working with the Sarai archive, New Delhi. {disarmed} imagining a Pacific archive, a project by Torika Bolatagici, Teresia Teaiwa and Mat Hunkin, addresses aspects of militarisation in the Pacific. Also included is an archive of Kids’ APT drawing projects, developed in collaboration with APT artists. It features a range of children's drawings from Afghanistan, Papua (Indonesia), Papua New Guinea, North Korea (DPRK), Cambodia, Vietnam and Myanmar, as well as Australia.

Kids' APT7
Kids’ APT7 premieres 13 interactive art works and installations for children and their families, while the Kids’ APT7 on Tour program will travel to regional and remote Queensland.

The 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT7)
8 December - 14 April 
FREE admission
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We were invited to a BIG BASH LEAGUE cricket game yesterday
Day 1, Season 2

The KFC T20 Big Bash League is the Australian domestic Twenty20 cricket tournament.
The top two teams in the tournament qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 tournament.

The Champions League Twenty20, also referred to as the CLT20, is an annual international Twenty20 cricket competition played between the top domestic teams from major cricketing nations.
The tournament is held between September and October for a period of two to three weeks in either India or South Africa. It has a total prize pool of US$6 million, with the winning team receiving $2.5 million, the highest for a club cricket tournament in history. The current format involves the best teams from the premier Twenty20 competititons of the top-eight Test-playing nations, favouring the teams from India, Australia and South Africa.

Out of the seven of us, only Hussain and Malli actually understands a cricket game

Brisbane Heat is led by James Redfern Hopes (All-Rounder, No. 39)
Hopes plays domestic cricket for Queensland and for Pune Warriors India in the Indian Premier League, he has represented Australia in One Day International and Twenty20 cricket.
Hopes was named Sheffield Shield Player of the Series for the 2010–2011 series. He was also rewarded by being named Captain of the Four-Day Team of the Year and Vice-Captain of the Twenty20 Team of the Year.

Hurricanes 1st Innings
Hurricanes won by 8 Wickets

Heat (20.0) 6/172
Run Rate: 8.60

Hurricanes (19.0) 2/175 
Run Rate: 9.21

Adult $22 Concession $15 onwards

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Thursday, December 6, 2012

MYNE START Underground Training Complex

We were invited to tour MYNE START TRAINING COMPLEX

Myne Start is a simulated Underground Coal Mining Complex and is used for various underground mine training.Mastermyne commenced the Myne Start Underground Training Complex in Mackay in 2010 and Brisbane (Pinkenba) in 2012. Myne Start is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mastermyne Pty Ltd.

The primary purpose of Myne Start is to encourage and introduce inexperienced personnel into the underground coal mining industry.It provides the mining industry with controlled, consistent pathways by which inexperienced personnel can gain a more in-depth level of understanding of the underground mining environment, its distinctive hazards and associated control processes, whilst accelerating them into more productive work in a far reduced timeframe when compared to traditional training methods.

Learning about the equipment we were about to put on!

Historically, coal mining has been a very dangerous activity and the list of historical coal mining disasters is a long one. In the US alone, more than 100,000 coal miners were killed in accidents over the past century, with more than 3,200 dying in 1907 alone. Open cut hazards are principally mine wall failures and vehicle collisions; underground mining hazards include suffocation, gas poisoning, roof collapse and gas explosions.

The improved safety features in Australian mining has dramatically increased the forecasted improvement in the deficit to average life expectancy of the working male. It is envisioned that within 17 years, life expectancy of mine workers will be on par with the average male Australian.

Miner Ming reporting for duty!

The goal of coal mining is to obtain coal from the ground. Coal is valued for its energy content, and, since the 1880s, has been widely used to generate electricity. Steel and cement industries use coal as a fuel for extraction of iron from iron ore and for cement production. In the United States, United Kingdom, and South Africa, a coal mine and its structures are a colliery. In Australia, "colliery" generally refers to an underground coal mine.

Pitch darkness in the underground simulated facility
Kinda like our Civil Defense Academy (CDA) in Singapore

Most coal seams are too deep underground for opencast mining and require underground mining, a method that currently accounts for about 60 percent of world coal production. In deep mining, the room and pillar or bord and pillar method progresses along the seam, while pillars and timber are left standing to support the mine roof. Once room and pillar mines have been developed to a stopping point (limited by geology, ventilation, or economics), a supplementary version of room and pillar mining, termed second mining or retreat mining, is commonly started. Miners remove the coal in the pillars, thereby recovering as much coal from the coal seam as possible. A work area involved in pillar extraction is called a pillar section.

Having a lunch break in darkness could be fun!

Modern pillar sections use remote-controlled equipment, including large hydraulic mobile roof-supports, which can prevent cave-ins until the miners and their equipment have left a work area. The mobile roof supports are similar to a large dining-room table, but with hydraulic jacks for legs. After the large pillars of coal have been mined away, the mobile roof support's legs shorten and it is withdrawn to a safe area. The mine roof typically collapses once the mobile roof supports leave an area.

Coal production has grown fastest in Asia, while Europe has declined. The top coal mining nations (figures in brackets are 2009 estimate of total coal production in millions of tons) are:

China (3,050 Mt)
US (973 Mt)
India (557 Mt)
Australia (409 Mt)
South Africa (250 Mt)
Russia (298 Mt)
Indonesia (252 Mt)
Poland (135 Mt)
Kazakhstan (101 Mt)
Colombia (72 Mt)

Two forms of coal are mined in Australia, depending on the region: high-quality bituminous coal (black coal) and lower-quality lignite (brown coal).

Bituminous coal is mined in Queensland and New South Wales, and is used for both domestic power generation and for export overseas. It is mined underground or open-cut before being transported by rail to power stations, or export shipping terminals. Bituminous coal was also once exported to other Australian states for power generation and industrial boilers.

Lignite is mined in Victoria and South Australia, and is of lower quality due a higher ash and water content. As a result Victoria adopted German power station and briquette technology in the 1920s to utilise the lignite reserves of the Latrobe Valley. Today there are three open cut lignite coal mines in Victoria used for baseload power generation.

This is an one-man bunker for one
$25,000 per unit, can be erected in 4 hours

It even comes with a comprehensive toilet!

Wanna be a miner like us?


Inexperienced Mineworker Program 
4 week
$1,650 + $12,100
Inexperienced Underground Mine Electrical Course
4 week
$1950 + $12,100

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