Did you know that under the Ministry of Health Act 2013 that marijuana fits the description of a medicine? In the Act it reads in part that, “Medicine means any substance whether of animal, plant or synthetic origin which is used internally or externally for alleviating disease”.
The offer of a free patrol boat from Australia by Prime Minister Bob Hawke came as a pleasant surprise for us in 1985. We had longed to engage the Asian fishing pirates who raided our ocean and uninhabited islands like Suwarrow, Manuae and Takutea to steal our fish and shell fish.
In the 30 years that I have been practicing law in the criminal bar, I have come across a variety of individuals. The snappy chatty know-alls usually are the “con artists,” the drug dependent pickle brained “where am I type?”
Presidents and Prime Ministers alike, no-one is above the law. None can disregard the founding laws that were put in place to protect husbands and wives, parents and children, employers and their staff.
Dear editor, Given that the Cook Islands is supposedly a country that advocates equal opportunities for both sexes, I was a bit surprised to see three classified ads earlier this week that specifically asked for males.
Four months ago, our country was exposed to a large number of critical problems: from the growing use of methamphetamine or “P”, to the need for rest homes for the elderly, to the need for psychiatric professionals to treat drug addicts and dementia sufferers. Add the lack of doctors for the outer islands, and we were ready to press the ejector seat and parachute down to safety.
Grief is an unwelcome guest that soon arrives after death has left the room. Grief, that ominous shadow that dark shadow that follows us as we go about our day. Tears the sure sign that grief has embraced us, as we walk, as we go about our day as we think we have somehow got over the loss of someone we love, though we know deep in our heart we will never get over it, and instead it is something we will learn in time to live with.
Aloha! After a week of hustle and bustle for the US visa, I finally made it to Honolulu, Hawaii, for the first leg of the East West Center’s Pacific Islands Journalism Reporting Tour, funded by the US State Department.
We must be careful and mindful of the choices we make. They have consequences. If you hadn’t noticed, the world is changing and changing very, very quickly and sometimes that change happens so fast we don’t always have time to consider it well before that change is made.