A Turkish industrial group is heading to enter an "alliance" that includes an American company specialized in shipping, in order to win an attractive deal in the largest Israeli port.
According to the American "Bloomberg" network, the Turkish "Yildirim" group is taking this step, after the United States expressed concerns that a Chinese company might win the project in this strategic Israeli facility.
The "Yildirim" group is expected to obtain a majority stake in this project, according to what was confirmed by people close to the file and who preferred not to reveal their names.
This company is based in Istanbul, and it is an institution that previously operated port terminals in Portugal and Ecuador.
It is expected that the proposal to operate the port of Haifa will be submitted by a "consortium" that includes the American company "Greystone" and the "Global Ports Holding" company based in London, as well as the Turkish "Yildirim" group.
The Israeli government wants to sell Haifa Port for about 2 billion shekels, or about 590 million dollars.
Washington is keen to find American companies to participate in this project, and the reason is that a former port in Haifa was won by the Chinese without American companies, at the time, making any offer to win it.
And the "International Group" company, which is based in Shanghai, China, obtained the first port project, but so far, no Chinese company has shown interest in the port that was presented recently.
It is possible that the fortunes of this alliance will be enhanced thanks to the accession of the "Greystone" company, which is based in Kentucky and has previously completed projects for the US Army.
Belgium's Foreign Minister, Sophie Wilmes, has been infected with the emerging coronavirus, which causes the Covid-19 epidemic, at a time when the country is facing a second wave of infections with the Coronavirus that causes this disease.
The office of the Belgian Foreign Minister and the former Prime Minister said, today, Thursday, that Sophie was transferred to intensive care after suffering from the Covid-19 epidemic.
A spokesman for the Foreign Minister said that Sophie, aged 45, is fully conscious and in a stable condition, according to Reuters.
Last Saturday, Sophie said that tests confirmed that she was infected with the virus and that she most likely caught it from a relative and not from the workplace.
Alexander de Crowe, who took over as prime minister in early October, wrote on Twitter that he wished her a speedy recovery.
"No one is immune to this virus. Together, we will defeat Covid-19," De Crowe added.
It is noteworthy that the Belgian Minister of Health had described the current wave of Coronavirus infections as being more like a "tsunami", while Brussels decided to postpone all surgeries and unnecessary medical intervention.
The "TASS" news agency quoted the Russian Federal Security Service as saying that a terrorist attack with an explosive device had been foiled in Moscow on Thursday.
The agency announced the arrest of a person who was planning to cause an explosion in a government building for an international terrorist group, according to "Reuters".
In mid-October, Russian media announced the elimination of two militants who were planning terrorist attacks in Volgograd, in the southeastern European part of the country.
According to the Russian Federal Security Service office, the gang leader and his partner displayed resistance during the arrest process, which prompted security personnel to eliminate them.
A 14-year-old teenager, who lives in the US state of Texas, recently won a national scientific competition to determine the molecule that could be associated with the Corona virus and possibly disrupt it.
Anika Ciprolo used computer modeling to search for a compound that binds to the protein "SARS-CoV-2", which emerges on the surface of the virus and connects to human cells to cause infection.
Experts say that in theory, this compound should prevent corona from infecting cells, according to the "Life Science" website, which specializes in scientific news.
And when designing new antiviral drugs, scientists often conduct mathematical studies, such as that by Ciprolo.
Chiprollo won first prize in the 3M Young Scientist Challenge, a competition for middle school students, with a prize fund of $ 25,000.
Ciprolo had been participating, for months, in the competition with the aim of studying influenza, but she decided to change the direction of her study towards Corona, after this infection swept through various countries of the world.
Ciprolo began its study with a database of more than 698 million compounds, and ran it through computer tests, to assess the extent of its ability to bind, and to know its structure, properties, and how it was broken down in the body, in addition to its toxicity.
With each examination, the field was narrowed down to a single compound of lead that could bind to the Coronavirus, and prevent it from infecting cells.
Manchester City came from behind with a goal to start their UEFA Champions League football campaign with a victory in Group C after their 3-1 victory over Porto at Etihad Stadium.
City trailed after 14 minutes from the start after Luis Diaz's solo effort, but Sergio Agüero's penalty kick equalized for the hosts before Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres scored twice in the second half, deciding the victory for the English team.
Pep Guardiola's side, who lost in the quarter-finals last season, struggled to find their smooth performance in the first half but Porto fell back after the break in front of City's competence.
And Porto took the lead when Robin Diaz, a newcomer from Benfica, passed the ball to Colombian winger Luis Diaz by mistake, to penetrate into the area from the left side of City's goal and send a low-pitched shot past Ederson.
Soon Guardiola's team rose up to hit Gundogan at the post, and Porto defender Pepe committed a foul against Raheem Sterling in the area, so the referee awarded a penalty kick that was successfully executed by Aguero.
City was far from form, but advanced in the 65th minute with a superb shot from Gundogan's free kick that placed him above the human wall and out of reach of Porto goalkeeper Agustin Marchesen.
Substitutes Ferran Torres and Phil Foden collaborated to make the score 3-1, when the Spanish player received a pass from the English midfielder before he took advantage of the space and entered the penalty area and hit the right foot in the far corner of the goal.
Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho appeared in the 85th minute, but left the field in injury time, apparently due to a muscle injury.
Porto remained without a win in 21 matches in England, but they managed to equalize three times.
Liverpool beat Ajax Amsterdam 1-0 away from home with a goal that came with the support of luck in their opening match in the Champions League football, and luck stood beside the English team at times, but also showed his qualifications to compete for the title.
Ajax back Nicholas Taliavico put the ball past his team in the 35th minute to give the England champions a winning start in Group D. Liverpool seemed to be the strongest team on the field, although Ajax had created many good chances at Johan Cruyff Stadium.
Daffy Claassen hit the post and Adrian sent Quincy Promise's attempt at close range after Ajax had created several excellent chances.
But Liverpool, who won their sixth European Cup title in 2019, proved deserving of victory, possessing the ball for long periods and launching quick counter-attacks and keeping a clean sheet despite the absence of prominent defender Virgil van Dyck, who suffered a serious knee injury on Saturday.
The Georgian Interior confirmed today, Thursday, that the gunman who seized a bank branch in the western city of Zugdidi yesterday, had left the building under the protection of three hostages, including the local police chief.
For its part, "Rustavi" TV reported that the gunman drove with the hostages in a police car towards the border, after receiving a sum of money.
Earlier, the Georgian Interior reported the liberation of 43 hostages held by a gunman in a branch of the Bank of Georgia in Zugdidi, where the gunman agreed to release most of the hostages in exchange for local police chief Avtantil Gadava.
The Interior Ministry added in a statement that it continues the security operation to search for and arrest the criminal.