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Iran’s flag raised in Maracanã Stadium, Brazil

Publish Date: Sat, 06 Aug 2016 12:08:05 GMT

Iranian flag was hoisted beside the flags of Poland and Iraq.

The opening ceremony of 31st round of the Olympics Games started in Rio, Brazil on Saturday.

Iran competes in the Games with 64 athletes of whom 9 are women.

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games is underway with 10,500 athletes from 205 countries who are to compete in 44 articles of 28 sports fields.

Statue of Khayyam embellishes Russian city of Astrakhan

Publish Date: Sat, 06 Aug 2016 10:06:01 GMT

Attending the ceremony were a number of Iranian and Russian officials, including Astrakhan Regional Governor Aleksandr Zhilkin, Governor-general of Iran’s Gilan Province Mohammad-Ali Najafi and Iranian Ambassador Mehdi Sanai.

The 4.5-meter-tall bronze statue has been situated in the student garden in front of the Astrakhan State University, Persian media reported on Friday.

Commissioned by the Gilan Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, the 1.5-tonne statue was cast in Yekaterinburg, the fourth-largest city in Russia.

Speaking at the ceremony, Zhilkin called the monument of the great Persian poet a symbol of sincere friendship between the two countries.

For his part, Najafi said that the two countries and the two provinces of Gilan and Astrakhan have begun to experience a new era of developing relations in the cultural and economic arenas.

Sanai also remarked that situating the statue of Khayyam in Astrakhan reveals the lengthy friendship between the two countries.

The statue has been located near the greatest Turkmen poet, Makhtum-Qoli Faraghi (1733-1790), who is considered to be the founder of authentic Turkmen literature.

Khayyam, a Persian mathematician, astronomer and poet, was renowned in his own country and in his own lifetime for his scientific achievements, but is chiefly known to English-speaking readers through the translation by the English writer Edward Fitzgerald of a collection of his Rubaiyat (“quatrains”) in “The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam” (۱۸۵۹).

Iranian producer wins German festival’s special prize

Publish Date: Wed, 03 Aug 2016 19:38:04 GMT

Iranian producer of the short movie ‘Take a Seat Darling’ Khatereh Asadi grabbed the special prize of Black International Cinema Berlin in Germany.

The movie narrates the story of a woman called Mahtab who holds a small birthday party for her son Bardia, in a café downtown. However things get into a mess when Khosro, Bardia’s father, shows up.

The movie is Asadi’s first experience in film production. The crew of the film includes director and writer Ali Nazari, actors Saeed Changizian, Bijan Afshar and Hesam Rahimi-Manesh, actress Bahareh Kian-Afshar, editor Rouhollah Ansari, sound editor Reza Tehrani and music Hamed Sabet, Mehr News Agency wrote.

The festival focuses on presenting works of an artistic, cultural or political nature coinciding with the general educational, social, artistic and economic interest of people from Africa, the African Diaspora and people with an interest in participating in intercultural communication and the resultant interfacing and sharing of educational, social, artistic and economic resources.

Furthermore, Black International Cinema Berlin is open to all filmmakers and contributes to better understanding and increasing cooperation between people from various cultural, ethnic, national and religious backgrounds, in order to reduce prejudice and support a peaceful and respectful living together in our multi-faceted societies.

Iran approves new oil contract model

Publish Date: Wed, 03 Aug 2016 19:26:39 GMT

Iran approved an outline for a new oil contract model, taking the OPEC member a step closer to welcoming foreign investment in its energy industry and boosting production even more into an oversupplied market.

The outline was approved at a cabinet meeting Wednesday, reported Bloomberg citing IRNA.

Priority will be given to boosting production from jointly owned oil and gas fields, according to state radio quoting Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh.

 The government wants to lure international oil companies that can make long-term investments worth billions of dollars and bring cutting-edge technology into the country after sanctions that restricted its crude supplies were eased in January.

Big oil companies such as Italy’s Eni SpA and France’s Total SA have expressed an interest in developing Iran’s oil and gas fields. Iran has been working on the oil contract model for the past two years.

The country hopes companies will invest as much as $50 billion a year. It’s already succeeding in meeting its pledge to regain market share it lost due to the illegal sanctions.

Production was 3.55 million barrels a day in July — ۲۷ percent higher for this year and the most since December 2011 — according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

“Any process is going to take time and a lot of steps before any investment goes into the ground,” Edward Bell, commodities analyst at Emirates NBD in Dubai, said by phone. “This isn’t going to be a step change in the way markets are going now.”

Brent crude prices fell 15 percent in July amid a growing recognition the global surplus of crude will take time to clear. Iran seeks to reach an eight-year high for daily output of four million barrels by the end of 2016, with foreign investment helping it regain the position as OPEC’s second-largest producer. It was third-largest in July, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The new contract model was approved in a cabinet session presided by President Hassan Rouhani. The Oil Ministry will review each contract to be signed with potential new investors, including details on price, duration and other terms of the project, according to state radio.

Scientists identify anti-Zika antibodies in mice

Publish Date: Mon, 01 Aug 2016 14:10:26 GMT

Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis made the achievement by infecting mice with Zika virus, which allowed the animals’ immune systems to produce anti-Zika antibodies, news.xinhuanet.com wrote.

Six antibodies were found, and from these, four were able to effectively prevent or treat Zika infection in cells and in mice, they reported.

“Importantly, some of our antibodies are able to neutralize African, Asian and American strains of Zika virus to about the same degree,” Daved Fremont, a professor of pathology and immunology and a co-senior author on the paper, said.

The study also showed that the antibodies bound exclusively to Zika and not to related viruses, which means they are specific enough to be used in diagnostic tests.

Then, they used a technique called X-ray crystallography to zero in on the binding site and found the two most protective antibodies bound to the same region of a particular Zika protein, the envelope protein that covers the surface of the virus.

“This is the first step toward optimizing current vaccine strategies and potentially developing antibody-based therapeutics as well as augmenting efforts for generating diagnostics that would specifically differentiate Zika viruses from other related flaviviruses,” said infectious disease researcher Michael Diamond, the other coauthor on the paper.

The researchers noted that the key question of whether Zika neutralizing antibodies could protect pregnant women and their developing fetuses remains to be answered.

Due to significant differences in gestational features between mice and humans, antibody protection studies may require experiments in other mammals, such as non-human primates, that allow for optimal transfer of antibodies from the mother to the fetus, as occurs in humans, they said.

Currently, there are no specific treatments for Zika virus infection, and women who become infected while pregnant are at risk of having babies with severe congenital abnormalities.

London gallery displaying works by Iranian artists

Publish Date: Mon, 01 Aug 2016 11:47:20 GMT

Works by Shahriar Ahmadi, Ramin Shirdel, Mohammadreza Yazdi, Bahram Hanafi, Mehrdad Shoqi and Arash Lahiji have been selected for the exhibit, which also showcases works by Alfred Basbous from Lebanon and Erik Saglia from Italy, the gallery has announced on its website.

The show is curated around the exploration of the human form and the abstract properties of script, and features 11 paintings and 7 sculptures.

Ahmadi’s works center on Ferdowsi’s epic masterpiece Shahnameh, while Shirdel’s sculpture explores the abstract and sculptural properties of the letter “E”, symbolizing the word “Eshgh” or “love” in Persian.

Bahram Hanafi, Mehrdad Shoghi and Arash Lahiji explore the abstract properties of the letters by turning script into bold and intricate abstract canvases.

Alfred Basbous’s sculptures refer to the tradition of modernism, and explore the materiality and formality of abstraction.

The Summer Show is taking place from July 27 to September 22.

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