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Taiwan News Quick Take

Staff writer, with CNA

ENVIRONMENT

Fronts boost water stocks

The threat of water shortages in Greater Tainan has been alleviated at least temporarily thanks to several weather fronts last month that have filled southern Taiwan’s reservoir catchment areas, the South Region Water Resources Office said. Nanhua Reservoir (南化水庫), which provides most of Greater Tainan’s industrial and domestic water, is at 80 million tonnes, which is 83 percent of its total capacity. Meanwhile, in Chiayi the water levels at the Zengwun Reservoir (曾文水庫) and the Wushantou Reservoir (烏山頭水庫) have a combined total of 250 million tonnes, 45 percent of their total capacity. The Water Resouces Agency has color-coded the situation as “blue,” which represents normal water storage levels. Irrigation of the year’s second rice crop was scheduled to begin yesterday, which is expected to require approximately 400 tonnes of water in Greater Tainan and Chiayi.

CULTURE

Exhibit receives US award

An interactive art exhibit created by the National Palace Museum has won an award from the American Alliance of Museums, the museum said. Qianlong C.H.A.O. New Media Art Exhibition, a mix of historic artifacts with contemporary culture, has received a Silver Muse Award for interpretive interactive installations, the museum said. The interactive display combines items that belonged to the Qianlong emperor (乾隆, 1735 to 1799) with modern-day street culture, cosplay, DJs, anime, electronic music, avant-garde fashion and video games. The awards recognize outstanding achievement in museum media. The Qianlong exhibit also won a platinum award in April at the 47th WorldFest-Houston International Film and Video Festival, the third-oldest independent film festival in the US.

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