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.
If you are injured at work, or have a work-related illness, you may be entitled to injury compensation benefits provided under the Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA). Federal employees have certain rights and responsibilities in filing for these benefits. If you are injured at work, or have a work-related illness:
Immediately report any work-related injury to your supervisor.
If you require emergency medical treatment, obtain care first, and then notify your supervisor as soon as possible after receiving treatment.
If you do not have access to a computer, your supervisor or Workers' Compensation Program Specialist can assist you in initiating the claim. If access is not available, your supervisor or Workers' Compensation Program Specialist can provide you with a paper copy of form CA-1, to complete and submit to your supervisor as soon as possible, but not later than 30 days after the injury.
If you do not have access to a computer, your supervisor or Workers' Compensation Program Specialist can assist you in initiating the claim. If access is not available, your supervisor or Workers' Compensation Program Specialist can provide you with a paper copy of form CA-2, to complete and submit to your supervisor as soon as possible, but not later than 30 days after the injury.
Supervisors and Workers' Compensation Program Specialists can assist injured workers in completion of claim forms, and the SMIS Help Desk provides assistance with online filing of claims.
You must obtain witness statement(s). The statements can be entered into the SMIS or you can provide a printed copy of claim form to witness to complete witness section of form. The claim forms must be completed as precisely as possible in order to avoid delays caused by the need for additional information. You may be asked to provide additional information, beyond what was already provided.
Although your supervisor or Workers' Compensation Program Specialist may assist you, it is your responsibility to obtain the information needed to support your claim.
If you are temporarily unable to work because of your injury, you need to keep your supervisor informed about your medical condition, and return to work as soon as your physician allows you to do so.
You should have a discussion with your supervisor about the availability of appropriate light-duty assignments during your recovery period. Your supervisor will complete the supervisory component of Form CA-17, Duty Status Report, and will give it to you to provide to your doctor for completion of the medical component of the form based upon your medical examination. The CA-17 should include a copy of your current position description as an attachment.
You must provide your supervisor a copy of the completed form from your doctor indicating any medical limitations or restrictions specified.
You are obligated to return to regular duty as soon as you are able to do so, and to avoid activities while on workers' compensation that might aggravate the injury/condition.