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          BIR Director Marvin Pickering CHARLOTTE AMALIE – The hotel room tax will go up 2.5% next year, according to the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Hoteliers, time share developers and innkeepers will have to charge their guests a 12.5% tax effective January 1, 2016, the BIR said. The current rate is

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ARRESTED: Andre Stoutt of West End, Tortola CRUZ BAY – A 30-year-old Tortola native was arrested over the weekend as being a fugitive from mainland justice, according to the Virgin Islands Police Department. Andre Emmanuel Stoutt of West End Tortola was arrested at 3:11 p.m. Saturday by a U.S. Customs

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ATF’s Carlos Canino in his office in Miami. MIAMI – Raised in an Army family that eventually settled in the Boston area, Carlos Canino considered three career choices when he graduated from college with a degree in criminology: law enforcement, military service or coaching. But after working as an assistant

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    The Palms in La Grande Princesse CHRISTIANSTED – Beaches near two of St. Croix’s most popular hotels – The Palms Hotel in La Grande Princesse and the Buccaneer Hotel in Shoys – are not considered safe for swimming or fishing, according to the Department of Planning and Natural Resources.

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MIAMI – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on Tuesday signed a multi-million-dollar loan and grant agreement dedicated to building out geothermal technologies in the six countries that are part of the Eastern Caribbean bloc. The funds, which will total $71.5 million, will be administered

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TRUNK BAY, St. John — While sunscreen is proved to have positive effects on humans, it actually has massively damaging effects on coral reefs, researchers discovered in a recent study. The study, released Tuesday, found that even a tiny amount of sunscreen — equivalent to a drop of water in

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Education Commissioner Sharon McCollum CHRISTIANSTED – An outbreak of impetigo is enough to close down a school district in the United States. And the V.I. Department of Health went on television Tuesday night to announce that it would be testing for the highly-contagious superficial skin infection this week on St.

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                     Gov. Kenneth Mapp CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Gov. Kenneth Mapp forwarded a bill to the Legislature to provide for an appropriation of $550,000 for operating expenses from the general fund to the V.I. Taxicab Commission and for the implementation of mandatory continuing education for taxi and tour operators as a

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MENLO PARK, Calif. – Facebook has introduced a feature that will warn users if their account is being targeted by state-sponsored hackers. Users will be notified if the social networking service has enough evidence to prove agencies like the GCHQ or NSA are compromising an account, and sent a message:

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Alexander Hamilton created the Coast Guard in 1790. SAN JUAN – The U.S. Coast Guard paid tribute to guardsman Heriberto Hernandez on Friday with the commissioning of the Coast Guard Cutter Heriberto Hernandez this weekend in Puerto Rico. Cutter Heriberto Hernandez became the Coast Guard’s 14th Fast Response Cutter, carrying

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