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Philips and Regional Medical Center announce USD 16 million, long-term strategic partnership to innovate patient care for residents of rural South Carolina

December 10, 2019

Partnership gives community health system access to same innovative Philips diagnostic imaging solutions of larger networks, bringing quality care closer to home and delivering on the Quadruple Aim

Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Orangeburg, United States – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, and the Regional Medical Center (RMC), today announced a strategic 5-year partnership agreement worth USD 16 million to deliver innovative diagnostic imaging solutions for the residents of rural Orangeburg, Calhoun, Bamberg and Barnwell counties in South Carolina, United States. The partnership will also support the expansion of the region’s only stand-alone community hospital, help RMC to standardize its imaging platforms and better integrate workflows and information, allowing for a better view of the patient. As a result, RMC will be better equipped to deliver on the Quadruple Aim: better outcomes, increased efficiency and improved patient and staff experience.

An hour outside of Charleston and 45 minutes from Columbia, RMC is the only acute care provider in the area, serving patients across a roughly 2,400-square-mile region of South Carolina. The healthcare system includes a 286-bed acute care hospital (designated as a Level III Trauma Center), and 24 primary and specialty care practices in Orangeburg, Calhoun, Bamberg and Barnwell counties. Regional Medical Center recently completed construction of a new USD 8.6 million emergency care facility in the city of Denmark in South Carolina. The 20,500-square-foot RMC Bamberg/Barnwell Emergency Medical Center provides round-the-clock emergency care, including diagnostic imaging, laboratory, observation and emergency transport services.

Long-term strategic partnerships (LSPs) are a growing trend used within hospitals and health systems to better manage the cost and complexity of their technology investments over a defined period of time, while expanding quality access to advanced medical care in order to improve patient outcomes. Philips is a leader in LSPs and the partnership will provide RMC with access to the latest diagnostic imaging solutions, such as the helium-free Ingenia Ambition X system, which can help improve first-time- right diagnosis and perform faster exams. Moreover, RMC will have access to industry-leading minimally invasive solutions such as the Philips Azurion image-guided therapy platform. Azurion offers a unique operating system that optimizes integration and an intuitive user interface that puts controls at the clinician’s fingertips.

“Delivering truly outstanding care requires our clinical teams to be at the forefront of the latest developments in medicine. Partnering with a health tech leader like Philips ensures our early and ongoing access to leading-edge solutions that can help us deliver the high quality care our communities deserve,” said Charles Williams, President and CEO of Regional Medical Center. “Having access to quality imaging solutions is key to getting to a faster diagnosis and treatment, which will enable us to continue to expand care and ultimately improve patient outcomes.”

Through Philips Medical Capital’s flexible finance plan, long-term strategic partnerships also provide a predictable and stable financial model, while helping take the guesswork out of technology adoption. Its partnership with Philips will allow RMC to not only offer state-of-the-art technology and standardize its diagnostic imaging, but also better integrate imaging data, allowing clinicians to get access to the right patient data for better diagnosis and treatment.

“At Philips, we understand that delivering on the Quadruple Aim is a challenge for all health systems, regardless of size or location,” said Vitor Rocha, Chief Market Leader of Philips North America. “With 1 in 5 Americans living in rural areas, it is important that we work with health systems like Regional Medical Center to bring innovative care closer to home for the communities they serve. Together, we can ensure that patients in more rural counties get the same access to quality care as their big city neighbors.”

For more information about the Regional Medical Center, visit www.trmchealth.org.

For further information, please contact:

Joost Maltha
Philips Global Press Office
Tel.: +31 6 10 558116
E-mail: joost.maltha@philips.com
Twitter: @joostmaltha

Silvie Casanova

Philips North America

Tel: +1 978-659-7467
E-mail: Silvie.casanova@philips.com

Delandous Haynes
Regional Medical Center
Tel: +1 803-395-2319
E-mail: dchaynes@regmed.com

About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2018 sales of EUR 18.1 billion and employs approximately 80,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at www.philips.com/newscenter.

About Regional Medical Center

Owned by Orangeburg and Calhoun counties, Regional Medical Center (RMC) health care system includes a 286-bed, acute-care hospital certified by The Joint Commission and 24 primary care and specialty care practices. RMC also operates a new, 20,500-square foot emergency care facility serving Bamberg, Barnwell and surrounding areas. RMC has advanced certification as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and is designated as a Level III Trauma Center by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).


dlhBOWLES and RAPA to Exhibit newly developed Camera and Sensor Cleaning Technology at CES 2020

COLUMBIA, Md., Dec. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — dlhBOWLES of Columbia, Maryland USA announces a new development for an innovative technology supporting Advanced Driving Systems (ADS) and Autonomous Vehicles (AV) with the RAPA group located in Selb, Germany and in Auburn, Alabama USA.  Clēr™ is a Camera and Sensor Cleaning product line that uses patented technology developed by dlhBOWLES to distribute air and water at the right time to the right location on a vehicle in order to keep cameras and sensors free of environmental contaminants.

dlhBOWLES’ Clēr™ product line includes RAPA’s solenoid distribution system to control when, how, and how much air or liquid is distributed to a sensor.  Together with dlhBOWLES’ expertise in fluid distribution, the Clēr™ system provides vehicle manufacturers with a highly engineered system to maintain functionality of their ADS and AV Systems while the vehicle is in operation. This technology will be on display by invitation only in the Westgate Hotel at CES 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada from January 7, 2020 through January 10, 2020.  Contact dlhBOWLES at marketing@dlhbowles.com to request a private viewing of this technology.

dlhBOWLES Chief Executive Officer John Saxon announced, “Our recently formed partnership with RAPA underscores dlhBOWLES’ commitment to serve our customers with excellence in everything we do and furthermore reflects our desire to collaborate with companies who share our vision of constant improvement. We consider CES 2020 an ideal time and place for our new product line reveal as we build upon our past, leverage our present, and shape our future.”

Also, RAPA LP Chief Executive Officer Kelly Nelson sees this cooperation as a great opportunity for the future: “Anticipating the engineering challenges of our customers before they face them is at the heart of our product developmental strategy. The opportunity to collaborate with a company like dlhBOWLES should be seen as a clear commitment to our customers to that end. Together we will lead the way in providing solutions to our customers within the ever-changing and challenging engineering landscape of autonomous driving.”

dlhBOWLES provides cleaning systems for automotive cameras and sensors that seamlessly integrate into a vehicle’s existing washer system, improving the effectiveness and safety of today’s Advanced Driving Systems and tomorrow’s Autonomous Vehicle technology.  Foreign materials like dust, mud, road salt, snow and water can cause sensor obstruction that will lead to degraded system performance or even render the system inoperable.

Any vehicle utilizing optical sensors (including cameras) will need a clear, unobstructed view to function properly and ensure safe operation. The presence of cameras and sensor systems on new vehicles has increased significantly over the past few years and will be part of standard equipment in the coming years as more vehicles adopt the lifesaving ADS technologies.

As a partner of the Automotive industry, RAPA shapes the current trends in automotive engineering. With innovative solutions in safety, comfort, e-mobility, efficiency and sustainability, this family-owned company based in Selb, Germany will soon be celebrating 100 years of success as a reputed technology partner and hidden champion.

Rausch & Pausch provides engineering and installation services for large premium automotive brands such as BMW, Daimler, Jaguar, Tesla and Porsche to name but a few. RAPA focuses on the development of parts, components and systems for vehicles and assists along the entire cycle from pre-development to the start of production. With an ultra-modern, high-tech laboratory at its headquarters, the latest measuring and test equipment, and prototype production; RAPA offers an excellent infrastructure at its plant in Selb, Germany and Auburn, Alabama, USA. But this is still not enough as every production system is developed in-house and is tailored exactly to specific requirements.

For over 60 years, dlhBOWLES has been a pioneer of innovation thanks to their deep strength in research and development leading to more than 250 patents in the area of fluid management systems and devices.  The company utilizes dedicated engineering teams using state-of-the-art prototyping and manufacturing processes, allowing for a penchant to take the initiative.  In 2012, the company was first to market with its front camera cleaning system on the Ford F-150 Raptor.  dlhBOWLES has achieved its standing as a valued and trusted supplier of washer, sunroof and powertrain components to many original equipment manufacturers.  Proven product effectiveness and focus guided by key partnerships brings the benefits gained to find real answers to customer pain points thereby Making Safety Systems Safer.

Media contact:

Russell Hester
Director of Business Development
Email: marketing@dlhbowles.com

Sundance Energy Inc. Announces Appointment of Stephen J. McDaniel to Board of Directors

Michael D. Hannell to Step Down as Chairman in Connection with Previously Announced Retirement

DENVER, Dec. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Sundance Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: SNDE) (“Sundance” or the “Company”), a U.S. onshore oil and gas exploration and production company focused in the Eagle Ford in South Texas, today announced that Stephen J. McDaniel has been appointed to serve as an independent, non-executive member of the Company’s Board of Directors.

Current Chairman of Sundance, Michael D. Hannell, will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board through December 31, 2019, at which time Mr. Hannell will step down and Mr. McDaniel will transition to the role of Chairman.  As previously announced, Mr. Hannell intends to retire from the Board, which is expected to be effective in April 2020 to ensure an orderly transition of leadership responsibilities.  Subsequent to Mr. Hannell’s retirement, the Company’s Board of Directors will comprise seven directors, six of whom will be independent non-executive directors and five of whom will be U.S. based directors.

Eric McCrady, Sundance’s Chief Executive Officer said “I would like to thank Mike for his many years of service to Sundance. Under Mike’s Chairmanship the company grew from a small non-operating company with ~4 boepd of production to a best-in-class operator with ~13,600 boepd of production. We would not be where we are today if not for his many contributions. Since joining our board in 2006 and becoming our Chairman in 2008, he has continually provided Sundance with guidance and wisdom, and we are incredibly grateful.”

Mr. McDaniel has led a distinguished career in the oil and gas industry, presently serving on the Board of Directors for Ultra Petroleum Corporation (OTCQX: UPLC), Encino Energy, a $2 billion private exploration and production company, and Bazean Corporation, an oil and gas focused technology company.

Mr. McDaniel previously founded Midstates Petroleum Company, serving as its Chairman and CEO. Mr. McDaniel built Midstates from a start-up company with less than $1 million in equity capital and grew the company to an enterprise value of approximately $1 billion at the time of its IPO in 2012.

Prior to founding Midstates, Mr. McDaniel spent nine years in investment banking predominantly at Merrill Lynch where he served as Managing Director in the global energy and power group focused on large scale M&A and capital markets transactions. Mr. McDaniel began his career with ConocoPhillips where he spent 13 years in roles of increasing responsibility in engineering, operations, and business development, ultimately serving in a corporate business development role as Vice President of Business Development for Conoco Overseas Oil Company.

Mr. McDaniel holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Petroleum Engineering from Louisiana State University and is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Independent Producers Association of America, and the National Association of Corporate Directors.  Mr. McDaniel also serves as the Chairman of the Executive Board of Directors of the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate in the country, covering the major population centers across Texas.

Mr. McCrady went on to say “We are very excited to announce the appointment of Steve to the Sundance Board and welcome him as our new Chairman. His wealth of experience from a long and incredibly diverse background in the oil and gas sector is a major addition. His success in building a best in class business at Midstates from the ground up and track record of increasing shareholder value will serve Sundance well as we seek to become a dominant player in the Eagle Ford.”

About Sundance Energy Inc.

Sundance Energy Inc. (“Sundance” or the “Company”) is an independent energy exploration company located in Denver, Colorado. The Company is focused on the acquisition and development of large, repeatable oil and natural gas resource plays in North America. Current activities are focused in the Eagle Ford.  A comprehensive overview of the Company can be found on Sundance’s website at www.sundanceenergy.net.

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For more information, please contact:

John Roberts
VP Finance & Investor Relations
Tel: (720) 638-2400

Teledyne introduces two-camera smart system for automation supporting Visible, LWIR and 3D sensors

Compact and versatile, the new VICORE smart system targets factory floor applications

Teledyne DALSA’s new VICORE two-camera system

VICORE two-camera system excellent for VIS, LWIR, and 3D inspection applications

BILLERICA, Mass., Dec. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Teledyne DALSA, a Teledyne Technologies [NYSE:TDY] company and global leader in industrial vision solutions, is pleased to announce its newest smart system, VICORE™.

This flexible system offers excellent performance for inspection applications using traditional 2D, thermal, and 3D imaging or a combination thereof. Its small, book-style format consumes minimal cabinet space and provides convenient, front-accessible connections for cameras, I/O and system components. This includes a dedicated industrial Ethernet port that offers efficient communication with complementary factory devices using Ethernet/IP or Profinet. VICORE can be setup and deployed as a standalone system, with attached HDMI display and keyboard, or as a remotely accessible networked device through its LAN port.

“The VICORE system is sensor friendly, cabinet friendly, 3rd party device friendly and user friendly,” says Steve Geraghty, General Manager of Teledyne DALSA Industrial Products. “This is truly a smart choice for anyone looking for performance and flexibility in system design at an affordable price.”

To maximize user and application reach, VICORE offers a choice of embedded application software. New users, or users of Teledyne smart camera technology, can be up and running in minutes with their easy-to-use iNspect™ software. For users that need additional flexibility or customization, Teledyne’s flagship Sherlock™ 7 software has them covered. For users looking to measure height features using 3D profile sensors, our newly released Sherlock™ 8 software will do the trick. Sherlock 8 expands on Sherlock 7 capabilities and offers improved ease-of-use.

VICORE is the smart choice for:

  • Dual camera applications
  • Low-cost high resolution (up to 25 Megapixel) applications
  • Thermal applications using Teledyne Calibir™ cameras
  • 3D applications using Teledyne Z-Trak™ profile sensors
  • Surface applications using Genie™ Nano with multi-segment lighting (Shape from Shading)

Teledyne DALSA is part of the Teledyne Imaging group and a world leader in the design, manufacture and deployment of digital imaging components for the machine vision market. Teledyne DALSA image sensors, cameras, smart cameras, frame grabbers, software, and vision solutions are used in thousands of automated inspection systems around the world and across multiple industries including semiconductor, solar cell, flat panel display, electronics, automotive, medical, packaging and general manufacturing. For more information, visit www.teledynedalsa.com/mv.

Teledyne Imaging is a group of leading edge companies aligned under the Teledyne umbrella. Teledyne Imaging forms an unrivalled collective of expertise across the spectrum with decades of experience. Individually, each company offers best-in-class solutions. Together, they combine and leverage each other’s strengths to provide the deepest, widest imaging and related technology portfolio in the world. From aerospace through industrial inspection, radiography and radiotherapy, geospatial surveying, and advanced MEMS and semiconductor solutions, Teledyne Imaging offers world-wide customer support and the technical expertise to handle the toughest tasks. Their tools, technologies, and vision solutions are built to deliver to their customers a unique and competitive advantage.

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Teledyne DALSA reserves the right to make changes at any time without notice.

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Senior Manager, Global Media Relations & Content Development                                
519-886-6000 ext. 2187                                                                                              

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QuantuMDx and Ontera collaborate to advance sepsis diagnosis

QuantuMDx and Ontera collaborate to advance sepsis diagnosis

Improving outcomes for sepsis patients and promoting antibiotic stewardship

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UK/ CALIFORNIA, USA (10 Dec 2019). QuantuMDx Group Limited and Ontera, Inc have announced a collaboration to create a next-generation solution for blood stream infection and drug resistance detection. The technology will be based on QuantuMDx’s rapid cell/sample preparation technology, Capture-XT® and Ontera’s powerful nanopore biosensor, currently utilized in their SAM and DUO Nano platforms.

The combined technologies should enable clinicians to quickly interrogate blood specimens of those presenting with sepsis signs and symptoms, allowing guided ‘right first time’ care management, at the bedside.

Sepsis affects more than 30 million people worldwide every year leading to an estimated 6 million deaths.¹  If it’s not recognized early and managed promptly with targeted antibiotics, sepsis can lead to septic shock, multiple organ failure and death.

QuantuMDx’s revolutionary Capture-XT® technology captures, concentrates and enriches targeted pathogens from a large sample volume, quickly enabling visual diagnosis and downstream utilization, such as drug-susceptibility analysis, PCR, NGS and now nanopore detection, with this collaboration.

Ontera’s single pore platform provides fast amplification of multiple bacterial targets, differentiation between antibiotic resistant and susceptible strains. The company uses silicon nanopore for in-minutes quantitative measurement of nucleic acids, proteins and small molecules, avoiding time-consuming laboratory procedures that can delay lifesaving, fast and precise treatment.

“Sepsis is one of the hardest diseases to detect. It’s like looking for a needle in a haystack, due to the low concentration of organisms in the blood stream that cause disease,” says Jonathan O’Halloran, Chief Scientific Officer at QuantuMDx. “Our early prototype testing has already shown sensitivity in the range required for this kind of test and performed in minutes from spiked bacteria in whole blood. We haven’t even pushed the technology yet, but it has the potential to become a paradigm-shifting, powerful device. And, by including drug resistance in the assay to enable right first time prescribing, the impact of this partnership could be profound.”

“Today, 30% of patients receive inappropriate antimicrobial therapy. By not only identifying sepsis but also resistance to most common antibiotics in less than 30 minutes, we will transform the sepsis landscape and impact lives,” says Murielle Thinard McLane, CEO of Ontera. “We have set out on a mission to democratize access to molecular information to create a more sustainable planet. This collaboration with QuantuMDx is a major proof point along that mission.”


1)      WHO 2019

Sepsis arises when the body’s response to any infection injures its own tissues and organs. If not recognized early and managed promptly, it can lead to septic shock, multiple organ failure and death. It is a serious complication of infection in all countries and particularly in low- and middle-income countries it represents a major cause of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality.  (WHO 2019)

About QuantuMDx

QuantuMDx Group is a multinational company with a global vision of empowering the world to control and eradicate disease by making transformative, quality point-of-care diagnostic technologies universally accessible. QuantuMDx has operations and strategic partnerships in the United States, Asia, Europe and Africa – keeping it at the forefront of molecular diagnostics. For more information go to: www.quantumdx.com

About Ontera

Ontera, a leader in silicon-based nanopore sensing, was founded with the idea that better information is needed to enhance human and environmental health in a sustainable way. The company aims to democratize access to molecular information through its series of nanopore based platforms, making it accessible at the point of need: easy, fast and cost effective. For more information, visit ontera.bio.

Ontera Media Contact                                              QuantuMDx Media Contact
Hannah Hurdle                                                                  Debra Daglish
Bioscribe, Inc.                                                                    QuantuMDx Group Ltd
Phone: +1 805.601.5331                                             Phone: + 44 (0) 870 803 1234
Hannah@bioscribe.com                                                Debra.Daglish@quantumdx.com

Avis Named World’s Leading Car Rental Company at World Travel Awards 2019

BRACKNELL, United Kingdom, Dec. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading car rental brand, Avis, has been named the world’s leading car rental company for the second year in a row at the World Travel Awards 2019 Grand Final. The award was announced at an awards ceremony in Muscat, Oman on 28th November 2019.

The evening marked the climax of the WTA 26th anniversary Grand Tour 2019, with the winners of WTA’s six regional ceremonies going head-to-head for the coveted World titles.

The 26th annual World Travel Awards is globally recognized as a highly prestigious honours programme in global travel and tourism. The awards are voted for by travel and tourism professionals and consumers worldwide, and this honour recognises the brands’ commitment to excellence, with an ultimate industry accolade.

Keith Rankin, President, International, Avis Budget Group said: “We’re delighted to be named the world’s best car rental company. This accolade is an indication of our focus on providing the best possible products and experience to our customers. We pride ourselves on delivering premium service, whilst constantly innovating, evolving and adopting the latest technology to reinvent the rental experience, helping to make it more connected, streamlined and on-demand; as shown with the launch of our award-winning Avis App.

“The award is also testament to our highly-trained agents and experienced teams at the 5,500 Avis locations worldwide, delivering increasingly high levels of customer experience and satisfaction. As a leading, global mobility solutions provider, we rely on the expertise and professionalism of our staff. These awards help celebrate their hard work and dedication to excellence.”

About Avis
With approximately 5,500 locations in nearly 170 countries, Avis is one of the world’s largest car rental providers dedicated to expanding on-demand mobility solutions and personalizing the customer experience. Avis is owned by Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:CAR), which is the parent company of Avis, Budget, Zipcar, Payless, Apex Car Rentals, France Cars, Maggiore, Morini Rent and Turiscar. Through these leading mobility brands, customers can get just about any type of vehicle (car, truck, van), for any length of time (minute, hour, day, month), for any purpose (business, leisure), across more than 11,000 locations in approximately 180 countries. For more information, visit www.avis.com and follow @avisinnovation.

Contact details:

MHP Communications


Nasdaq Launches Sustainable Bond Network

New platform increases transparency for the demand in the global sustainable bond market

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Dec. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Nasdaq (Nasdaq: NDAQ) today launched the Nasdaq Sustainable Bond Network, a global, publicly available web-based platform designed to improve transparency in the market for green, social and sustainability bonds. The online repository provides issuers of sustainable bonds across the world with a platform to voluntarily publish key information and data regarding their specific bonds*, which, in turn, provides investors with the information they need to compare sustainable bonds successfully.

Issuers using the Nasdaq Sustainable Bond Network are provided an opportunity to showcase their sustainability efforts and provide a greater level of transparency for their bonds. The Nasdaq Sustainable Bond Network also introduces a standard framework for impact reporting.

For investors, the Network´s data collection tools address a growing need for improved data aggregation in the sustainable bond market, replacing the need for the manual collection and administration of data.

From its launch, the Nasdaq Sustainable Bond Network contains bond data from a select number of European and U.S. issuers. The Network will be continuously expanded through feedback from a global advisory board, consisting of public and private investors, expert organizations and issuers, including: Allianz Global Investors, Freddie Mac, SEB, The Nordic Investment Bank, Alecta, The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, New York State Homes and Community Renewal, Cicero and Climate Bonds Initiative.

“As an investor we want to actively contribute to shaping the future of sustainable finance,” says Beatrix Anton-Grönemeyer, Chief Sustainability Officer at Allianz Global Investors. “We are strong supporters, and we are looking forward to contributing to the development of the Sustainable Bond Network as we believe it will create more transparency and has the potential to simplify investment decision-making in this nascent asset class.”

In 2015 Nasdaq launched the world´s first sustainable bond market, which has more than doubled in size every year since and recently surpassed 200 listed instruments across 50 issuers in the Nordic region. Following the strong growth of the market, Nasdaq has expanded its offering to include additional segments. In December 2018, Nasdaq launched an ESG Data Portal, a centralized distribution point that offers investors access to standardized ESG data from Nordic listed companies.

“As portfolio managers look to keep pace with investor demand, the launch of our Sustainable Bond Network will help our clients evolve their sustainable investing strategies,” says Bjørn Sibbern, President, European Markets at Nasdaq. “Based on experience gained building our European sustainable debt markets and our ESG Data Portal, this launch marks the next phase of our mission to increase transparency around sustainability to issuers and investors across the globe.”

* Bond data includes the Key Sustainable Bond Documents — Framework, External Review, Assurance Reports and Allocation/Impact Reports — as well as Project Categories, Project Category Allocation and Impact Metrics.

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