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SEC Charges Husband and Wife With Nearly $1 Billion Ponzi Scheme
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 -- The Securities and Exchange Commission issued the following news release on Jan. 24:

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged a California-based couple with orchestrating a nearly billion-dollar Ponzi scheme involving alternative energy tax credits.

According to the SEC's complaint, Jeffrey and Paulette Carpoff raised approximately $910 million from 17 investors between 2011 and 2018 by offering securities in the form of investment contracts through their two solar generator companies, DC Solar Solutions Inc. and DC Solar Distribution Inc. The Carpoffs allegedly promised ... Show Full Article

New Study Reveals Women Entrepreneurs in STEM in LAC are on the Rise
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 -- The Inter-American Development Bank issued the following news release on Jan. 23:

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- The study commissioned by the IDB Lab also shows that 54% of women entrepreneurs in STEM have raised capital

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Women entrepreneurs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics are on the rise in Latin America and the Caribbean, with 54% successfully raising angel or venture capital and almost 80% planning on scaling up their company internationally in the next five years, according to the new study "wX Insights 2020: The Rise of Women STEMpreneurs (https://publications.iadb.org/en/wx-insights-2020-rise-woman-stempreneurs-study-women-entrepreneurs-stem-latin-america-and-caribbean)," ... Show Full Article

HHS Secretary Azar Issues Statement on Annual March for Life Event
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued the following statement by Secretary Alex Azar on the annual March for Life event:

"As thousands from across the country gather to march for life, I am proud to serve as part of the most pro-life administration in this country's history, and I am immensely proud to join President Trump at the march as he becomes the first President to address this important gathering in person. President Trump believes that every life has inherent dignity and value, and it is an honor to lead a department that has demonstrated our full ... Show Full Article

Fort Drum Community Members Take on 10-Week Fitness Challenge
FORT DRUM, New York, Jan. 25 -- The U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command issued the following news:

Fort Drum Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation staff members hosted a kickoff event for the inaugural Slim the Mountain Challenge on Jan. 14 at Monti Physical Fitness Center.

More than 160 community members signed up for this 10-week health and fitness competition that encourages participants to trim body fat and lose extra pounds. When the event concludes in March, prizes will be awarded to the top male, female and three-person team.

Aly Thibodeaux, FMWR Sports / Fitness ... Show Full Article

Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Mahoney, Bolivian Foreign Minister Longaric Exchange Letters on Unique Distilled Spirits
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 -- The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative issued the following news release on Jan. 24:

Deputy United States Trade Representative C.J. Mahoney and Bolivian Foreign Minister Karen Longaric today exchanged letters to launch a process by Bolivia to designate Bourbon Whiskey and Tennessee Whiskey as distinctive products of the United States, and by the United States to designate Singani as a distinctive product of Bolivia.

Singani, Bourbon and Tennessee Whiskey are among Bolivia's and the United States' most unique and well-recognized products. This exchange of letters represents ... Show Full Article

Carbon Free Hydropower Turbines Surpasses Power Expectations and Biological Tests Show Improved Fish Passage
BURBANK, Washington, Jan. 25 -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the following news release:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Walla Walla District's (Corps) new fixed blade hydroelectric turbine increases energy efficiency and recently concluded fish survival testing shows improved fish passage survival.

The Corps' newly designed turbine at Ice Harbor Lock and Dam, in southeast Washington on the Snake River is the first of its kind specifically designed for safer fish passage. It also increases turbine efficiency by 4%, which will benefit electricity distributors and consumers.

Survival ... Show Full Article

Agencies Awarded for Conservation Efforts at Channel Islands Marine Protected Areas
WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 -- The U.S. Department of the Interior's National Park Service issued the following news release:

Marine Conservation Institute will present a Blue Park Award to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, and the National Park Service at a 4:00 pm ceremony at the Santa Barbara Zoo. The award recognizes the collaborative efforts of state and federal managers in meeting the highest science-based standards for protection and management of the northern Channel Islands Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).

"The northern Channel Islands ... Show Full Article