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June 2018

American Samoa govt agencies preparing for GAO debt audit

Photo of American Samoa Executive Office Building

Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga has identified eleven ASG entities that will be part of the local task force when the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) conducts the next review of the Public Debt Outlook of the five US territories, which includes American Samoa. In a June 11 memo, the governor explains that the federal Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Act, authorizes and designates GAO to conduct a review of public debts for each US territory every two years per Congressional Mandate. Among the agencies are Treasury Department, Office of Budget and Planning, Commerce Department, Attorney General’s Office, Territorial Audit Office, Office of Financial Institutions, American Samoa Power Authority, American Samoa TeleCommunications Authority, ASG Shipyard Service, Port Administration and the Governor’s Office.

Fa’atula’i falema’i tumaoti fou - EAU Claire Medical Center

Le susuga Bishop Mulitauaopele o lo'o galue malosi mo le falema'i fou ina ia fa'atula'ia i le tatou atunu'u, ae o ia fo'i o le Auauna a le Atua i le Ekalesia Papatiso, ua fa'ato'a mafuta fo'i ma se tasi o ali'i Fitafita Tuai John Pritchard. [ata: Leua Aiono Frost]

Ua mae'a ona fa'atulaga le aso 5 Iulai i le taeao e suaina ai le eleele i le Paka Liona, e fa'atulaga i le va o Lua Street ma Tolu Street, mo le fa'avae o le falema'i fou e amata ona fausia ai.

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

Papakolea green sand beach on the Big Island of Hawaii

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue headlines of the week. None of these stories is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out. This is part of The Associated Press’ ongoing effort to fact-check misinformation that is shared widely online, including work with Facebook to identify and reduce the circulation of false stories on the platform.

District Court sets bail for man accused of assaulting his girlfriend

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Besides allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, Lologa Galuega is also accused of assaulting a cousin who was trying to protect the victim, who ran towards the home of the defendant’s uncle. It’s also alleged in court filings that the defendant threw a chair at his uncle.The alleged assault stemmed from a dispute between Galuega and his girlfriend.

Samoa woman jailed for biting and chewing another woman’s ear

Left is Taumasina Falaniko and right is photo of Levi Saleimoa"s mutulated ear

A woman, who bit off part of another woman’s ear, chewed it before swallowing the lobe, has been jailed for a year and six months. Taumasina Falaniko, 22, of Levi Saleimoa and Fagamalo, was sentenced by Samoa Supreme Court Justice, Leiataualesa Daryl Clarke. The incident happened after a volleyball game went wrong where the defendant and another woman got into a fight. Taumasina was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm.