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BIR Informs Public of Increase in Taxes on Tobacco Products

Increases to the excise tax rates for cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products will go into effect on June 1.

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Half a dozen young people, local artists and music producers have created a peace song for Carnival 2014. To read more about the song, click here.
 

 
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The Bookworm: 'On the Origins of Sports'

Why are games played like they are, with different balls and a field of certain size? “On the Origins of Sports” by Gary Belsky & Neil Fine explains those and many other head-scratchers.

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2016-05-24 23:06:20
Students Get ‘Hands On’ Learning; STEAM Winners Announced

Five students took their place in the ranks of computer program developers and another dozen took prizes in graphic publishing and website design at the annual STEAM Fair last week on St. Thomas.

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2016-05-24 22:31:58
Customs Officers Make ID Fraud Arrest at St. Thomas Airport

Chintamkumar Patel, 23, made his initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller on Friday after being charged in a complaint with using a false document to defraud the United States.

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2016-05-24 21:50:49
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Parks Free for National Parks Week

If enjoying St. Thomas Carnival isn’t on your agenda, St. John’s Trunk Bay Beach or St. Croix’s Fort Christiansvaern and Steeple Building might beckon. Admission is free until Sunday as the National Park Service celebrates National Park Week.

Trunk Bay is the only V.I. National Park facility that charges admission. It’s usually $4. The admission to Fort Christiansvaern and the Steeple Building in Christiansted National Historic Site is regularly $3 for both. Other park facilities on St. Croix are always free.

Joel Tutein, superintendent at Christiansted National Historic Site, said the fee free week is to show appreciation for the public’s support.

That said, he also pointed out that there is a donation box if the public was inclined to help.

On St. John, the park’s chief of interpretation, Paul Thomas, said the fee free week is to encourage people to enjoy the park.

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“Get people outdoors,” he said.

Admission fees at all 397 national park facilities are waived in honor of National Park Week, which began April 21.

This year’s theme is “Picture Yourself in a National Park.”

“National Park Week is the perfect time to experience all that our national
parks have to offer,” Neil Mulholland, president and chief executive officer of the National Park Foundation, said in a press release.

“It is also an invitation to join the community of national park supporters,” he said. “Visit, volunteer or get involved with the Foundation or any one of the local friends groups that support our parks. Together, we can make this National Park Week one to remember.”

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