Fed up with feeling unsafe while using public transport: Isabella Carruthers plans to provide another option.

All female transport service launched

Catching a taxi in Samoa, especially late at night if you’re a female, often has its unsavory moments. What should be a simple paid ride to your destination, can often be an ordeal for the female passenger, particularly if they are alone.

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Samoa’s winner, Jenny Bennett.

Short Story winner pays tribute to Chief Editor

I am a writer.

That’s a belief, short story author, Jenny Bennett, winner of the 2017 Samoan category for the Samoa Observer Tusitala Story Competition, struggled in silence to affirm in herself as she battled with depression and low self- esteem during her teenage years.

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MARCHING FOR SAMOA: A look at the peaceful protestors on Beach Road yesterday during Mau movement march. Photos: Misiona Simo.

March for land rights, honouring our past

Samoans marched along Apia Harbour to Mulin’u in a peaceful march organized by Samoa Solidarity International (S.S.I.) yesterday. The purpose of the march was twofold.

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World

This image provided by CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative/DigitalGlobe shows a satellite image of Fiery Cross Reef in Spratly island chain in the South China Sea, annotated by the source to show areas where China has conducted construction work ab

As tensions ease, China keeps building on disputed islands

Tensions over China's island-building in the South China Sea may have eased in the past year, but Beijing has kept busy.

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FILE - In this file photo taken on  April 10, 2014, Sister Amelia from the Daughters of Charity stands in front of the altar where the bloodstained undershirt worn by Pope John Paul II during the assassination attempt on May, 13, 1981, is kept, in Rome.

Vatican issues new rules for relics in saint-making process

The Vatican's saint-making office has updated its rules governing the use of relics for would-be saints, issuing detailed new guidelines Saturday that govern how body parts and cremated remains are to be obtained, transferred and protected for eventual veneration.

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Sport

Samoa Boxers Gold Medalist Nu’uuli Mose and Henry Tyrell.

Samoa Boxing claims two Gold at Vanuatu

Team Samoa Boxing claimed two gold medals, two silver and one Bronze medal as the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu concluded earlier this week.

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UP FOR IT: Some of the St Josephs College gridiron team players with their coach, Agatupu Lefao.

Return Gridiron game in American Samoa

The sport of Gridiron Football, established at St Josephs College, is taking development a step further with a return game in American Samoa.  

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Think a Minute

Think a minute…In 2007 an amazing woman was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, but sadly then died at the age of 98. Her name was Irena Sendler from Warsaw, Poland. During World War II Irena worked as a plumbing and sewer specialist in the Jewish ghetto of Warsaw.

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He who laughs first laughs last!

Has it ever occurred to you that our Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, is perhaps the most written about and photographed individual, whose mugshot has been appearing quite consistently, on the front pages of the Samoa Observer over the years all the way to today?

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Letters to the Editor

Faafetai tele Gatoaitele Savea Sano Malifa for your editorial ‘Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s’. Matthew 22:21 that was published online on November 18, 2017.

Dear Editor Re: The issue of customary lands I think you see things as many others are starting to see them. Also according to some people there have been cases where attempts have been made they just are not publicized.

Dear Editor Re: In response to Siaosi Siomia There only needs to be the appearance that these things you bring up are happening to disqualify this person.

Entertainment

From left, Chadwick Boseman as Panther, Paul Bettany as Vision, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff, and Don Cheadle as War Machine in a scene from

Disney-Fox deal may create a new nerdy nirvana

The coming union of the Disney and Fox media empires is set to create a new nirvana for fanboys and -girls, one that reunites superheroes and sci-fi characters long separated by an energy barrier of corporate legalism.

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Technology

Facebook logo is displayed on an iPad in Philadelphia.

Facebook: Social media scrolling can make you feel bad

It's not quite like tobacco companies warning about the dangers of smoking, but Facebook is acknowledging something many already know: Using social media can be bad for your health.

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