13 April 2011The United Nations cultural agency today celebrated 20 young artists – from an Iraqi pianist and a Lebanese trumpeter to a Dutch composer and two Israeli curators – for their contributions to dialogue between the Arab and Western worlds, saying it hopes their efforts will spark similar initiatives from other artists. The United Nations cultural agency today celebrated 20 young artists – from an Iraqi pianist and a Lebanese trumpeter to a Dutch composer and two Israeli curators – for their contributions to dialogue between the Arab and Western worlds, saying it hopes their efforts will spark similar initiatives from other artists.The Young Artists for Intercultural Dialogue between the Arab and Western worlds were announced at a ceremony early this evening at the Paris headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).The agency said in a press statement that the awards are part of a wider joint effort by UNESCO and the UN-backed Alliance of Civilizations to promote intercultural dialogue and understanding, and it hopes these awards will heighten awareness about their work.One of the artists honoured, the Iraqi pianist Zuhal Sultan, founded the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq when she was aged just 17 and has since worked with many Western performers.The Palestinian-American playwright Betty Shamieh writes plays focused on intercultural relations, particularly involving Arab-Americans, while the French-Algerian novelist Faïza Guène depicts the realities of life for North Africans residing in the French suburbs.Other artists named include the Belgian-Moroccan dancer-choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, the French photographer JR, the Italian film director Federico Ferrone and the Israeli curators Ruti Sela and Mayaan Amir.Several musicians were also garlanded, including the Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf, the Egyptian band Massar Egbari, the Dutch composer Merlijn Twaalfhoven and the members of Talent 2008, a project bringing together nine musicians from the Palestinian territories, Egypt and Norway.
OK, SO IT wasn’t quite a knock-out but he proved to be a political heavyweight in the end.Former Olympic boxer Kenneth Egan has taken a seat for Fine Gael in Clondalkin in Dublin, after a nervy start had raised questions about whether he would get over the line.His election was confirmed just after 1.45pm this afternoon, when Egan won the 7th of 8th seats on South Dublin County Council. Egan was one of three candidates deemed elected without reaching the quota, with a total of 1,407 votes.Egan had anxiously been awaiting the result since the count began at Citywest hotel last night: This is worse than the announcement of the Olympic Draw in Beijing 08 #MyNervesaregone #LE2014— Kenneth Egan OLY (@kenegan30) May 25, 2014 Source: Kenneth Egan/Twitter Egan, who won a light-heavyweight boxing silver medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, was announced as a Fine Gael candidate in February. He retired as a boxer in 2013 and has worked as a pundit on RTÉ.He said at the time of his selection that he didn’t vote, but said that he wanted to help people in his area with issues which as drugs, alcohol and obesity.Egan was joined at the count by Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald who is a TD for the Dublin Mid-West constituency, which Clondalkin is in. Source: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall IrelandFine Gael and Sinn Féin each won two seats in the Clondalkin ward, with Labour, People Before Profit Alliance, an Independent candidate and Fianna Fáil all taking one seat each.Read: Election 2014 Liveblog – all the results as they happen > Read: Who is your new local councillor? Here is a list of everyone elected so far >