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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.

Off da Rock

#Exclusive By OffDaRock consists of the mastermind Leuila Ioane and her husband Joseph Ioane. [courtesy photo]

#Exclusive By OffDaRock from American Samoa will be in London during London Pacific Fashion Week from the 13-17 September 2018.  Despite what their name suggests; Exclusive By OffDaRock is very inc

Try Marine says rule splitting fishing days would potentially benefit American Samoa

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Washington state-based Tri Marine International is supportive of a proposed federal rule that seeks to split the fishing days in the Effort Limit Area for Purse Seine (ELAPS). However, it also notes its concern about another proposed rule to require a two-month FAD closure in November and December instead of in April and May. Through a proposed rule making, the US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) outlined how it will allocate the additional 100 fishing days for the US purse seiner fleet fishing in the region to help American Samoa’s economy and its tuna canneries. The US NMFS is also proposing to set separate limitations on fishing days for the purse seiner fleet to fish in the US exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and on the high seas areas known as the ELAPS. The proposed rule making is the result of decisions made last December by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission.

Latalata Samuelu named US Territories History Teacher of the Year

Latalata Samuelu of Leone is this year’s US Territories History Teacher of the Year

Latalata Samuelu a teacher at Leone High School has been named the 2018 U.S Territories History Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education. The National History Teacher of the Year award will be presented by Professor Edward Ayers at a ceremony in New York City on October 10, 2018.

Fa’ailoga fa’apitoa mo fanau fa’au’u Faga’itua High 2018


O se vaaiga i le toatele o le aiga mo se tasi o fanau fa’au’u a le Aoga Maualuga a Fagaitua i le aso Lua. [ata: Leua Aiono Frost]

Peresitene o le Komiti o le Fa'ailogaina o le 50 Tausaga o Fagaitua High, Tuimavave T. Laupola, i le taimi na taua'aoina ai le meaalofa tupe e $3,000 mai tama ma teine tuai o le aoga e fesoasoani i nisi o mea e fa’alelei i lea aoga maualuga. [ata: Leua Aiono Frost]

I le fa'au'uga a le A'oga Maualuga a Fagaitua i le taeao o le aso Lua o le vaiaso lenei, sa maua ai le avanoa e le Fa'atonusili o A'oga Dr Ruth Matagi-Tofiga e tolaulauina ai i latou ua maua avanoa

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