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2015 EU Congress: Interventional Pain Procedures in the Era of Value-Based Care

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إنتهاء فعاليات مؤتمر الإجراءات التدخلية في تشخيص وعلاج آلام العمود الفقري

The International Spine Intervention Society, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, to provide continuing medical education for physicians, has opened the “2015 European Congress” at Marriott Hotel in Vienna.

The organization has spent the last 25 years developing and promoting the highest standards for the practice of interventional procedures in the diagnosis and treatment of spine pain. The organization is driven by leading multidisciplinary physicians who are dedicated to advancing awareness and implementation of evidence-based spine interventions through practice, advocacy, research, and education.

DSC_3547Dozens of European and US doctors attended the congress, which lasts from May 22 to 24 2015. The congress offers educational needs of physicians and allied health professionals who are involved in the care of patients with spine pain. It aims to enhance the knowledge, competence, and/or performance of physicians who are involved in the care of patients with spine pain to positively affect patient outcomes.

Timothy Maus, MD, Chair of the 2015 European Congress Planning Committee, said that in the era of reimbursement for value, interventional pain procedures will remain accessible to patients and be reimbursed only to the extent that their positive outcomes are supported by high quality literature.

He added: “Interventional Pain Procedures in the Era of Value-Based Care, this year’s theme, will focus on the latest evidence-based findings, current research, and the future of the field. Much of the high quality evidence supporting interventional pain procedures comes from members of the International Spine Intervention Society. Join us to learn more about the evidence addressing the safe and effective performance of interventional pain procedures.

The congress will highlight medical themes and issues by holding various sessions which identify best practices to ensure patient safety during interventional spine procedures, apply new research findings to the practice of ethical, evidence-based interventional spine care, define important patient-centered outcome measurements in private practice settings, describe how strict diagnostic criteria and anatomically validated technique can improve outcomes and reduce healthcare costs, identify the utility and limitations of history, physical exam, and imaging in your diagnostic algorithm and describe the evidentiary basis for the use of diagnostic blocks in the identification of spine pain generators reviewed the latest advances in Cardiology, Ophthalmology, metabolic diseases and surgery, as well as aspects of injury prevention, especially in the area of Traffic Medicine.

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Peace Art Gala am Heeresgeschichtlichen Museum

DSC_3246Unter dem Motto „60 Jahre Österreichisches Bundesheer – 55 Jahre internationale Solidarität“ wurde ein Friedenskunstfest am Heeresgeschichtlichen Museum statt im dritten Bezirk gehalten.

Das „Friedenskunstfest“ hat die Beteiligung des Bundesheeres bei Auslandseinsätzen in der Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft präsentiert .

Dutzende von Offizieren des Bundesheeres und ihre Familien haben dem Fest beigewohnt.
Österreichische Künstler, wie “Die Schnürer Buam”, “Die Dornrosen”, “Jazz Gitti” und “Die3″, die auch unsere Soldaten im Auslandseinsatz besucht haben, untermalten diese Veranstaltung musikalisch. Während dem Fest wurden verschiedene Offiziere über ihre Friedenerhaltungsmissionen und ihre Aufgaben vom ORF interviewt, und es wurden Filme zum Thema vorgeführt.

Die “Peace Art Gala” wird seit 2001 vom Österreichischen Bundesheer in Kooperation mit der UNIQA-Versicherungsgruppe durchgeführt. Dabei wird der “Day of UN-Peacekeepers” gefeiert.

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The Killing of Women and Girls Shames Every Society

Yury Fedotov“Women and girls continue to be killed in large numbers around the world. Based on estimates from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at least 43,000 women were murdered by their intimate partners or family members in 2012″ said Yury Fedotov, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime at 24th Session of the crime CCPCJ.

He added: “These murders, however, are only the most visible and brutal sign of what is happening to millions of women. Hidden from our view are the dreadful daily experiences of violence, including terrible sexual violence, that blights the lives of women and girls. Such experiences occur in the countryside and in cities alike; as well as in schools, work places and especially the home.”

 Fedotov said: “We must also acknowledge that, just as no society is immune from these violent acts, we are all part of the solution. No woman or young girl must be allowed to feel isolated or in danger. This means promoting inclusive societies that not only provide women with much needed security, but also offers them opportunity, equality and prosperity.”

UNODC is working to unravel the gender bias that has been woven into many legislations and criminal justice systems and which perpetuates impunity for these violent acts. Our work encourages all those in the criminal justice system to respect and protect women and girls and to view domestic violence as a serious crime.

Violence against women and girls, in all its many forms, shames us all. To end this serious crime, we must all work in a spirit of partnership and cooperation to change laws, change perceptions and change behaviours. If not, we will continue to see this violent crime undermine our efforts to build better, more inclusive societies.

Egypt Deplores Comments on Court Rulings

The death penalty against politicians, is an unjust penalty that being done in many Criminal Courts of the third world countries. We are deeply condemned the mass death sentence handed down by an Egyptian court to more than 100 defendants, including former president Mohammad Morsi. However, we publish below the Egyptian government clarification about the ruling. Kawther Salam.

مصر تستهجن التعليق على أحكام القضاء

وزير الدفاع يصدق على سفر 4 لجان قضائية عسكرية لتسوية المواقف التجنيدية

egypt flagIn response to comments made by several governments and non-governmental organizations on the decisions by the Cairo Criminal Court held today, May 16th 2015 at the Police Academy to refer the two cases known as the “Espionage case” and “Escape from Wadi Natrun Prison” case to the Grand Mufti for his opinion, the State Information Service condemns the comments as they reflect ignorance and lack of accuracy. The Cairo Criminal Court did not issue any judicial rulings in the two cases today, but has just made two decisions to refer the cases to the Mufti for his consultative opinion, and will issue the verdict in the two cases on June 2nd.

The State Information Service (SIS) emphasizes that, in accordance with the provisions of the Egyptian law, the defendants are being tried before a normal court and a normal judge and not before a special court, and that litigation is absolutely guaranteed for the defendants to ensure a fair trial. In the case of death sentences being issued in the two cases in the hearing scheduled on June 2nd, the defendants have the right to contest the sentences in front of the Court of Cassation. The Public Prosecution also has the right to appeal against the ruling even if the defense does not. The Court of Cassation has the right to either repeal the ruling and refer it to a different court for a retrial, or to confirm it. Even if the new court issues the same execution sentence, the defendants again have the right to contest the ruling; if they do so, the Court of Cassation itself will be tasked with issuing a verdict.

The SIS calls on all parties who have commented on the decisions to look thoroughly into the cases, in an objective manner that does not forego the nature of the charges against the defendants, as they were accused in the “Espionage Case” of plotting operations against the state, including attacks on security facilities and security personnel, killing and abducting police officers and personnel, in addition to attacks on prisons and sabotage of prison buildings, and killing prisoners. Mohamed Mursi and others are accused of spying for the benefit of foreign entities, disclosing secrets pertaining to the country’s national security, and coordinating with militant groups inside the country and abroad to plot terrorist operations. As for “The Escape from Wadi Natroon Prison” case, the defendants are accused of plotting with foreign entities and the Global Muslim Brotherhood Organization to create a state of chaos in the country, training militias to conduct anti–state operations, attacking prisons, and assisting in the escape of prisoners.

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EU Commission: Euro and Oil Prices Are Low

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A statement was released by the EU Commission on May 13 2015 which states that the Growth of the EU’s economies is benefiting from many supporting factors at once. According to the statement, the oil prices are relatively low, global growth is steady, the euro has continued to depreciate and economic policies in the EU are supportive of growth.

In its latest economic forecast published on 5 May 2015, the Commission forecasts GDP growth to be 1.8% in the EU (1.5% in the euro area) in 2015 and expects the trend to accelerate to 2.1% in 2016 (1.9% in the euro area).

On Friday 15 May 2015, the European Commission in Austria will held a press conference on the package of country-specific recommendations which will adopted this year.

Dr. Johann Sollgruber, Head of the Representation of the European Commission and Marc Ensign, responsible for economic policy coordination and the European Semester in Austria will brief the journalists about the European semester is the economic policy coordination within the EU. It serves the identification of growth-promoting structural reforms.

All EU member states have committed themselves to achieving the objectives of Europe 2020 and to translate these into national targets and growth-promoting strategies. The desired growth effects can unfold better if individual Member States’ efforts are coordinated. For this reason, the Commission adopts every year a detailed analysis of economic and structural reform programs of the EU countries and provides recommendations which should be implemented substantially in the next 12 to 18 months.

The EU Commission has published the country-specific recommendations for each Member State, along with an overarching on how to strengthen and sustain the recovery, and how the streamlined European Semester is implemented. (See PDF – Eccom2015)

However, the EU still faces underlying weaknesses as a result of the crisis and the low longer-term growth trends already experienced pre-crisis according to the EU Commission statement released on Wednesday 13 2015 in Brussels. The labour market situation is gradually improving, not least due to reforms implemented in several Member States in recent years, unemployment is still intolerably high (9.6%). Poverty and marginalisation have increased. The high level of private and public debt continues to weigh on investment and growth in a context of persistently low growth and low inflation.

In some Member States, the share of non-performing bank loans is high and still rising. A large investment gap estimated at over EUR 300 bn accumulated over the past six years has had a negative effect on domestic demand in the short term and on potential growth in the medium to long term. The trend of declining productivity growth has not yet been reversed and population ageing will have big impacts on the future labour force.
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Offizieller Besuch des Präsidenten von Turkmenistan

DSC_2919_edited-2Wien – APA – Österreich und Turkmenistan wollen ihre Zusammenarbeit sowohl politisch als auch wirtschaftlich stärken. Das haben Bundespräsident Heinz Fischer und sein turkmenischer Kollege Gurbanguly Berdymuchammedow am Dienstag in Wien beschworen.

Das autokratisch regierte, zentralasiatische Land verstößt regelmäßig gegen Menschenrechte. Auch Heinz Fischer hat das nach eigenen Worten im Gespräch “ausführlich angeschnitten”. Er habe auch “konkrete einzelne Fälle und Namen angeschnitten”, betonte Bundespräsident Fischer vor Journalisten und ergänzte: “Ich halte es für wichtig, dass wir als Staatspräsidenten auch auf diesem Wege Gedanken austauschen und auf Probleme hinweisen.”

Turkmenistan wird von Menschenrechtsorganisationen wie Amnesty International immer wieder kritisiert. In dem 5,3-Millionen-Einwohnerland, eine frühere Sowjetrepublik, gibt weder freie Medien noch eine politische Opposition.
In Berdymuchammedows ausführlichem Pressestatement kam das Thema Menschenrechte nicht vor, auch Fragen waren danach nicht zugelassen. Umso detaillierter schilderte der turkmenische Staatschef, der seit 2006 im Amt ist, wie Turkmenistan die wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit mit Österreich – das man als “Perspektivenpartner” im Maschinenbau, der Landwirtschaft oder im Tourismus sehe – ausbauen möchte.

Im Rahmen des zweitägigen Besuches des Präsidenten in Wien wurden deshalb insgesamt drei Abkommen unterzeichnet – zur Stärkung der bilateralen Beziehungen, zur Vermeidung von Doppelbesteuerung sowie ein Abkommen zwischen der Wirtschaftskammer Österreich (WKO) mit dem Industriellenverband Turkmenistans zur Intensivierung der wirtschaftlichen Zusammenarbeit.

Turkmenistan zähle auf Österreich als “Bindeglied” in der Zusammenarbeit mit der Europäischen Union, betonte Berdymuchammedow und verwies auf den “Energiedialog” mit Europa. Derzeit gibt es Verhandlungen über umfangreiche Gaslieferungen aus Turkmenistan mit der EU, die sich mit Blick auf den Ukraine-Konflikt nach Alternativen zu Russland umsieht. Berdimuhamedow unterstrich in diesem Zusammenhang seine Hoffnung, dass Österreich weiterhin diesen Prozess unterstützen werde.

Zwar nahm weder Berdymuchammedow noch Bundespräsident Fischer das Wort “Ukraine” in den Mund, der turkmenische Präsident erklärte jedoch, dass “alle internationalen sowie inneren Konflikte” mit nur friedlichen Mitteln durch Verhandlungen und unter Berücksichtigung internationaler Normen gelöst werden müssten. Etwa sieben Prozent der Bevölkerung Turkmenistans sind ethnische Russen. Das Regime versucht nach Angaben von Aktivisten, die Verbreitung von Berichten über die Kämpfe in der Ostukraine zwischen pro-russischen Separatisten und pro-westlicher Regierung in Kiew zu unterbinden.

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70 Years Korean Liberation

DSC_2057aVienna – Mai 9 2015 – Austria Center – Kawther Salam – Experience the Unique Charm and Beauty of Korean Culture, a ceremony was held in Vienna’s Austria Center on Saturday May 9 2015 to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Korea.. The Korean Ambassador SONG YOUNG-wan and his wife attended the ceremony among hundreds of Koreans, Austrians, Ambassadors, diplomats and other representatives of the International organaziation and foreign countries.

DSC_1896On the occasion the “The Little Angels” presented their repertoire at Austria Center stage. Very varied arrangements of dance and music allow the beauty of Korean traditions to be brought to life on the stage during the celebration. The performances show the peace loving heart of the Korean people.

The Little Angels Children’s Folk Ballet of Korea is a symbol of dynamic Korea, Charming cultural, ambassadors of peace and good will. It was founded to promote Korean traditional culture around the globe, for the sake of world peace in 1962 with the intention to make the peaceful culture of the Korean people accessible to the whole world. The folklore dances performed by the Little Angels allow their audiences to access the 5,000 year history of Korea. The polished repertoire of the dance group includes theatrical sketches, marvellously arranged songs and traditional Korean dances which offer the audience some connection to the beauty of the “Land of Morning Calm”.

In September 1965, just 3 years after its founding, the Little Angels gave their first performance in front of President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Gettysburg, PA. Since then the dance troupe has undertaken 56 international tours involving more than 6,000 performances in 50 countries. They gave special performances for 50 heads of state including numerous appearances at the White House in the USA, at Buckingham Palace in front of Queen Elizabeth II, in the auditorium of the General Assembly of the United Nations as well as in the Kremlin in Moscow and in Pyongyang, North Korea, in 1998.

Special tours in memory of the 70th anniversary of the Korean War

DSC_2208In a first KW60 tour the Little Angels visited all of the 16 UN member states which directly supported the Republic of Korea (South Korea) in defending itself against the military invasion from North Korea, and made great sacrifices in doing this. More than 190,000 of these brave soldiers were wounded, taken prisoner or killed. The purpose of the tour was to honour those veterans who are still alive and their families. They came to Korea to defend freedom in our land. Korea won this war but it is still a divided country.

The Republic of Korea (South Korea) has developed well over the last 60 years and is now considered to be amongst the 10 most highly developed countries in the world. Korea was also the host nation for the G-20 summit in 2010.

Korea will never forget the UN soldiers and the helpers after the war. We will always thank each and every country which stood by the Korean people, both during and after the war, in their time of greatest need.

In 2010 the ensemble visited the 16 nations which directly participated in the Korean War. The 34 day tour began with the USA and then led to Canada and Columbia. In a second part of the tour which lasted for 35 days, the ensemble visited the European and the African member states, namely United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Turkey and Greece. Ethiopia and the Republic of South Africa were the two countries on the African continent. In a third step four nations in Asia were visited, namely Thailand, New Zealand, Australia and the Philippines and thus, in this way, all 16 nations which stood beside Korea militarily were visited.

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Fostering Coping and Psychosocial Adjustment Following Spinal Cord Injury

20150507_142514The 6th meeting of the European Spinal Psychologists Association (ESPA) which is scheduled to last two days was opened today Thursday May 7 2015, at 9am at the Vienna Marriott Hotel. The meeting was headed by Professor Paul Kennedy, Chair of ESPA Stoke Mandeville Hospital and the University Of Oxford, UK and organized in cooperation with the Austrian Workers Compensation Board (AUVA).

It is approbated with DFP credits by the Austrian Medical Chamber and education points by the Professional Association of Austrian Psychologists (BÖP).

Dozens of professor, doctors and students from all over around the EU and Western countries attended the meeting, particularly from UK, Norway, Austria, Ireland, France, Spain USA and other countries.

The major theme addressed during the meeting was Fostering Coping and Psychosocial Adjustment Following Spinal Cord Injury. Three work-shops were held after the opening session in which the gathering discussed the subtle processes of coping, Developing a checklist to formulate psychosocial treatment goals in SCI and Managing challenging behaviour.

On Behalf of ESPA, Professor Kennedy thanked the Austrian Workers Compensation Board (AUVA) for their sponsorship of this meeting and he welcomed the attendance.

He said: “We have an interesting and comprehensive scientific and professional programme of speakers, papers and workshops exploring coping and psychosocial adjustment following spinal cord injuries.”

He added: “Peter Magnus and I on behalf of ESPA would like to thank our hosts Professor Wilhelm Strubreither and Amra Causevic (AUVA) for their support with the programme and the organisation of this meeting.”

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