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.
The following are some of the significant cases in this area. They are offered as a start to understanding the issues, and are not intended as a substitute for obtaining legal advice from DOI's Solicitor's Office or private counsel. These summaries are intended neither as a legal analysis regarding specific matters, nor as a complete review of the topic.
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Southeastern Community College v. Davis, 442 U.S. 397, 99 S.Ct. 2361 (1979). Held that a person was "qualified" only if she could, with her hearing disability, performed essential functions of her position.
Bragdon v. Abbott, U.S. 118 S.Ct. 2196 (1998). Court addressed for the first time the question of what constitutes a disability, in the context of alleged discrimination in a public accommodation. Court found that reproduction is a major life activity, and that HIV substantially limited this major life activity.. In this case, the Court also addressed the question of proof that a disabled person poses a direct threat to the safety of others.
School Board of Nassau City v. Arline, 480 S.Ct. 273 (1987). School teacher with TB was improperly dismissed. While the Rehabilitation Act does not protect an individual who posed "a significant risk of communicating an infectious disease to others," this determination must be based on medical or other objective scientific evidence, not simply on a good faith belief that a significant risk existed.