Bukko as a healthcare worker, if you went to Africa to work with Doctors Without Borders and treated the ill in the Ebola stricken areas, would you be ok upon returning home regardless of what country that was, to be quarantined for 21 days? What about others? Why would Obama send 3000 soldiers into a high risk area and then also tell them they will be quarantined when they return. If they are going over there to build relief shelters do we assume that our soldiers are now carpenters? Why didn't we use our connections with Halliburton to send contractors, plumbers, electricians and carpenters?
I hate this topic, but it is relevant. Should we stop all flights to and from West Africa? Quarantine everyone who can find a way out of there by car, bus or boat? What about that nurse in Maine who flipped out when NJ quarantined her and then gave in? She went home and still broke quarantine in Maine and despite a police car sitting outside her home, they didn't stop her. Now a judge rules in her favor. I have an opinion, but who am I to judge? QB
Quarantine order for Maine nurse rejected
Kaci Hickox says she's healthy, has no symptoms
Standing with her boyfriend Ted Wilbur, outside their home in Maine, Hickox told reporters the decision was a "good compromise" and that she would continue to comply with direct active monitoring.
"I know that Ebola is a scary disease," she said. "I have seen it face-to-face. I know we are nowhere near winning this battle. We'll only win this battle as we continue this discussion, as we gain a better collective understanding about Ebola and public health, as we overcome the fear and, most importantly, as we end the outbreak that is still ongoing in West Africa today."
Russia: Natural Gas Will Flow After Ukraine Pays
Russia will resume shipping natural gas to Ukraine after Kiev pays off its first debt installment for past supplies of gas next week, officials said Friday.
Alexei Miller, chief of Russia's state-controlled Gazprom natural gas giant, made the statement hours after Russia, Ukraine and the European Union thrashed out a $4.6 billion deal that will guarantee Russian gas supplies to Ukraine and further on to the EU.
The deal eased fears that Europe will end up shivering this winter like it did in 2009, when a spat over Ukraine's gas bill prompted Russia to cut off energy supplies to Europe for nearly two weeks.
The leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine hailed the deal in a conference call Friday as an "important step toward ensuring uninterrupted gas transit to Europe," the Kremlin said.
U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki also welcomed the deal as a "positive step."
Moscow had cut off gas supplies to Ukraine in June over unpaid debts, a move that followed the ouster of Ukraine's Russia-friendly leader and the Kremlin's annexation of Crimea in March. Talks dragged on for five months amid fighting in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian insurgents and government troops. But the looming onset of winter — a fierce, freezing season in Ukraine — had given the talks increasing urgency.
Miller said Friday that Gazprom expects to receive the first Ukrainian tranche of $1.45 billion before the end of next week and will start gas supplies to Ukraine within 48 hours after getting the money. Under the deal, Ukraine has pledged to pay the rest of its $3.1 billion gas debt before the year's end and also to pay in advance for Russian gas supplies through March.