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Teruel Will Host The International Conference On Social Enterprise

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Under the motto “Social enterprise, cooperative action and volunteerism: uniting the principles and values ​​for a renewed action”, the VIII International Research Conference EMES (International Research Network in Social Enterprise) will be held in the Teruel campus of the University of Zaragoza from October 4 to 8.

The meeting, which is held in person and also online, will bring together leading spokespersons and specialists in the sector, as well as the international scientific community specialized in social enterprise and social economy.

At the conference there are more than 200 academic papers to present, as well as a University Summer Course that brings together researchers, professionals from the sector and public representatives on the first day of the Congress.

Both international reference forums will analyze the contribution of the social economy when it comes to facing social and economic challenges through new business management models led by citizens for the sake of a common social mission.

The meeting will start on October 4 with a ceremony attended by Yolanda Díaz, Minister of Labor and Social Economy and Second Vice President of the Government; Emma Buj, mayor of Teruel; Marthe Nyssens, president of EMES; José Martín-Albo Lucas, vice-rector of the Teruel campus of the University of Zaragoza, and María Eugenia Díaz Calvo, Minister of Science, University and Knowledge Society of the Government of Aragon.

In addition, on the 4th the International Seminar that seeks to create an exchange and dialogue between researchers, professionals and public representatives will be held previously. Under the title “Social enterprise, cooperative and voluntary action: contribute principles and values ​​to renew the action. From research to practice and vice versa”, the registration period for this seminar is open until September 27.

Throughout the week, the conference will focus on the principles and values ​​of the Social Economy in the face of the growing social and environmental challenges that contemporary societies face at a global level.

To address these issues, the Conference will bring together academic communities from around the world to study different aspects of the third sector from various perspectives and theoretical approaches. These include social innovation, social entrepreneurship, volunteer activity, hybrid organizations, commons, transition movements, as well as critical approaches in management and administration studies.

This international forum will also promote synergies and address current issues in the sector through plenary sessions, panels and round tables in which representatives of international institutions such as the OECD, and renowned university researchers with extensive experience from universities around the world will participate. world such as, for example, from Belgium and the Netherlands to Brazil, Australia or South Korea, among other countries.

Younger researchers will also participate, who will present their projects and work in specific sessions, and authors of books in the field of social economy, both in English (the official language of the conference) and in Spanish.

Within the framework of this congress, the General Assembly of EMES, the network that promotes this congress – and of which university centers and individual researchers are part – will be held, in collaboration with the COST Empower-SE Action, the Research Group GESES (Group of Social and Economic Studies of the Third Sector) and the Laboratory of Social Economy LAB_ES, both of the University of Zaragoza, CEPES Aragón and REAS Aragón.

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3 Injured As Crane Collapses Near AdventHealth Orlando

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A crane collapsed near AdventHealth in Orlando this week, injuring three people. According to Orlando fire officials, two people were treated at the scene while one person was brought to the hospital after having a traumatic injury.

The incident happened Tuesday at the AdventHealth Orlando construction site.

Rescue Team Evaluate Workers, Assess Property

According to health officials, the person who suffered a traumatic injury caused by the debris was brought to Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical center, Wesh reported.

The crane, according to construction workers, is used to raise segments of concrete from the ground. Most of the time, several people are on the ground near the crane.

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After evacuating and assessing other workers, a rescue team eventually started to evaluate and assess the property.

Aaron Rhodes, Orlando Fire Department Special operations district chief, said that “once the area is deemed safe, the investigation will occur. Authorities who have jurisdiction over that will take that over. We won’t make any speculations about what caused it. Our main concern is making sure we’ve done everything we need to do make sure the area is safe.”

Construction Company To Determine Cause of Incident

Rhodes also noted that fortunately, only the crane collapsed at the site and that a complete and total failure of the building did not happen which may have been a whole different case.

AdventHealth also released a statement after the incident and said that they are working with other construction partners to determine what happened.

According to the news report by Welsh, the construction company leading the project, Finnrock, already dispatched engineers at the scene to identify the next steps.

 

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Florida Activist Desmond Meade Has Civil Rights Restored: Read Details

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Desmond Meade

Civil rights activist Desmond Meade – the man who has been fighting for the voting rights of felons in Florida – has finally won a prolonged battle. The Florida voting icon’s civil rights have been restored, allowing him to run for office, serve on a jury and take the bar exam.

Meade received the news on Saturday during his live broadcast on Twitter. According to Durham Herald Sun, the news was given to him by his family, who presented him with a letter from the Florida Clemency Board announcing that his civil rights have officially been restored.

“I feel great, another chapter in the journey,” he said after receiving the news. “It shows that you just got to keep pushing,” he added.

Meade is the founder, president, and executive director of the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, which raises voice for the civil rights of citizens coming back to society after completing prison terms.

The right activist of Orlando, Meade, led a grassroots effort for many years that got success in 2018 with the statewide passage of Amendment 4 to the Florida Constitution, restoring voting rights for as many as 1.4 million Florida felons, including him.

Desmond Meade

Desmond Meade. Image Credit: Twitter

However, despite approval from over two-thirds of state voters, the terms of restoration were the subject of debate, with GOP state leadership saying that returning citizens must pay all fees and fines before they could return to the voting booth.

Meade, who was convicted of drug and firearms offenses and served a jail term, already has the right to vote and had cast his right in the 2020 presidential elections.

Governor DeSantis Denied Right In March

In March 2021, Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican, for the second time denied a pardon for Meade, saying it was because of a serious allegation against him from the U.S. Army. DeSantis said Meade could go through the regular process to apply to have his civil rights restored.

On the very day, DeSantis and the Cabinet, sitting as the Clemency Board, adopted an “automatic process” to speed up the restoration of rights for felons who have completed jail terms or other offenses, including paying fines and fees. The move also abolished the five-year waiting period before felons can apply for restoration.

New Rules

According to new rules, the felons with outstanding legal financial obligations can still apply to have their civil rights restored, able to go before the clemency board, which can waive court-ordered fees and fines.

Meade’s rights were restored with that new rights restoration process that the FRRC pushed for. But the rights restoration rule does not apply to those people who are convicted of murder or felony sex crimes.

“It’s not a pardon, but it’s definitely a step,” Meade said in the video. “I can apply to the Florida Bar now, I can get a house, I can run for office if I wanted to run for office.”

MacArthur Fellow

According to WUSF News, Meade was made a 2021 MacArthur Fellow in September. He was also granted a sum of $625,000 as a “Genius grant”. Meade has said the money will be used to pay off law school loans and to continue his work for people convicted of felonies.

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Orlando man goes live on Facebook before hitting Police officers with brick

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ORLANDO, Fla. — A man in Orlando, Florida hit the police and injured two officers with brick on Saturday morning. The police revealed that the culprit had set up a video live stream on Facebook before causing the incident. The attack took place when the officers were standing at Magnolia Avenue around 12:40 a.m. on Saturday “as part of a downtown detail”, police said.

The culprit was identified as William McClish, 27. A number of charges have been filed against him, including an attempt at the first-degree murder of a law enforcement officer with a weapon, said the police.

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Videos of the attack are doing rounds on YouTube, which was posted by the Orlando Police Department. The footage shows a man walking towards a police car while picking up something from the ground. Thereafter, the man moves towards the police car and starts ambushing them with the brick. A second officer comes to the rescue and starts punching the man to the ground. The dispute, however, continued but the camera couldn’t capture the whole of it. Subsequently, the squabble took attention and more police arrived on the scene.

Nearly four officers could finally arrest the man.

The YouTube description of the live stream by the Orlando police stated: “It was determined the man set up a camera to live-stream the attack to Facebook – that is the source of the video above.”

Further, police Chief Orlando Rolón also issued a statement citing that the incident marks the second unprovoked attack on Orlando police officers in one week.

Eyewitnesses reported that the officer was speaking with another officer when a man suddenly attacked without warning.

Rolón also stated: “One officer has a significant facial injury. The other was bit and nearly had his eye gouged out. Our officers will recover from their injuries, but individuals like this who take premeditated steps to harm law enforcement officers and other human beings must be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law.”

Another attack on the police had taken place just a few days ago when several individuals opened fire on two police officers.

According to a report by news station WESH, in a similar incident on Tuesday, two Orlando police officers were investigating a tip in an unmarked vehicle when three men opened fire on them. Officers returned fire.  None of the officers were injured. Three men have been arrested in connection with the shooting.

Rolón said: “We cannot wait for an officer or a citizen to be murdered. Prosecution and proper sentencing will be a deterrent for those who think they will only get a slap on the hand and probation soon after a short time in prison.”

While one officer hit with the bricks sustained severe nose injury, the second officer suffered profound eye damage with his left eye gouged out. He was bitten several times on his arm and hand.

McClish was later taken into custody following the attack.

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