Located 2,600 miles southwest of Hawaii, the National Park of American Samoa is the most remote unit of the National Park System and the U.S. National Park south of the Equator. The Park spreads across three islands, 9,500 acres of tropical rainforest, and 4,000 acres of ocean, including coral reefs. While remote, the islands of American Samoa, true to the meaning of the word Samoa (Islands of Sacred Earth), are welcoming and offer beautiful landscapes and centuries of culture and history.
Seasoned backpacker and adventurer Yang Lu earned the grand prize in the 2015 Share the Experience photo contest with this image of a sunburst captured at sunrise in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah. Yang has made the outdoors part of his daily life and finds deep connection to the land through his lens.
“My photography is not just for recreation, it is to inspire people to explore these areas." -- Yang Lu
Photo by Yang Lu (www.sharetheexperience.org).
The plantings of cherry trees originated in 1912 as a gift of friendship to the People of the United States from the People of Japan. In Japan, the flowering cherry tree, or "Sakura," is an exalted flowering plant. The beauty of the cherry blossom is a potent symbol equated with the evanescence of human life and epitomizes the transformation of Japanese culture throughout the ages.
Would a reasonable person question your involvement with that project? How would your actions be interpreted on the evening news? As a Federal Government employee, you have been placed in a position of trust and are held to a high standard of ethical conduct. READ BELOW...
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Awarding Contracts to Spouse: A contracting officer for the General Services Administration (GSA) wound up in Federal court after funneling contracts to her husband's employer. Investigators discovered that the officer had directed over $11.5 million to the company that employed her husband over the span of 15 months, all in the form of GSA purchases of food preparation and serving equipment items. As a result of these purchases, the officer's husband received raises and a Jaguar from his employer. The officer pleaded guilty to violating conflict of interest laws, and was sentenced to 180 days of home confinement and five years of probation. She additionally was ordered to pay $161,000 in restitution.