Liberal groups focus on Ivanka Trump

FILE – In this June 13, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump listens as his daughter, Ivanka Trump, speaks at a workforce development roundtable at Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee, Wis. Frustrated with her father, liberal advocacy groups are turning some of their focus to first daughter Ivanka Trump. In recent weeks, some activists have tried to pressure Ivanka Trump, appealing for her help on climate change, international labor conditions and immigration. The first daughter, an influential adviser to President Donald Trump in her own right, has sought to stay out of the fray. But the efforts underscore the politically charged position she occupies. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) Liberal groups focus on Ivanka Trump by Catherine Lucey, The Associated Press Posted Jun 19, 2017 1:40 am MDT Last Updated Jun 19, 2017 at 6:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Getting nowhere with her father, liberal advocacy groups have been looking for an ally in Ivanka Trump. They haven’t had much luck.In recent weeks, activists have been appealing to the younger Trump for help on climate change, international labour conditions and immigration. But the first daughter, an influential adviser to President Donald Trump in her own right, largely has sought to stay out of the fray. Still the efforts underscore the politically charged position she occupies as she seeks to advance a positive agenda while avoiding weighing in publicly on her father’s more controversial policies.The most high-profile campaign directed at the president’s daughter has come from New York-based China Labor Watch, which has been investigating working conditions at factories in China that have made Ivanka Trump products. The group on Thursday renewed a call for her to speak out about the detention of activists involved in the investigation and on their findings about labour conditions. They said they have sent a second letter to her at the White House to raise concerns.Ivanka Trump’s brand has sought to distance itself from the manufacturer under scrutiny, saying the company last made its products three months ago.Trump, who spent the past week promoting the administration’s efforts on job training, did not respond to requests for comment.With her focus on issues that typically draw liberal or bipartisan support, Ivanka Trump has left many with an impression that she does not share some of her father’s policies. But she avoided weighing in publicly on her father’s travel ban, border wall, proposed budget cuts or the Paris agreement, leading liberal critics to question her influence.Now some groups are trying to spur her to act.Before the president announced he would exit the Paris climate accord, the Natural Resources Defence Council started an online petition asking people to email and call Ivanka Trump to push her father to stay in the deal. The call for action implored people to “raise a massive outcry” and ask her to “do everything in her power to persuade the president to keep our promise.”“As we began hearing he was leaning in the direction of pulling out, we threw a Hail Mary,” said Ben Smith, the group’s digital advocacy director, adding that they sought to “appeal to what seems to be a well-reported story that she’s sympathetic.”Smith said 50,000 people signed the petition, “which is on the higher end of the performance scale for us.”Last week, Amnesty International launched a campaign that seeks to educate Ivanka Trump on their efforts to shut down a residential centre in Pennsylvania that houses detained immigrant parents and children. The advocates say the facility, which has a contract with the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is a detention centre.“She says she cares about women and kids and child care. She says she wants to use this power she now has. We’re following up on that,” said Naureen Shah, senior director of campaigns for the U.S. section of Amnesty International.Shah added: “It’s not a shaming campaign. She says she wants to do it.”“Democrats do not have many lines into the White House, they don’t have a lot of different ways to influence the president,” said Democratic strategist Lis Smith. “His daughter remains one of the few ways they are able to get to him.”In interviews, Ivanka Trump has stressed that this is her father’s administration and has said she airs her views with her father privately. During a recent interview on “Fox and Friends,” she expressed surprise about the “level of viciousness” that the administration had encountered in Washington, a statement that some found curious given her father’s aggressive rhetoric.Saying her father’s administration wants to do “big things,” she added: “I was not expecting the intensity of this experience, but this isn’t supposed to be easy.”She moved her family to Washington before her father’s inauguration. She serves as an unpaid aide to the president and stepped away from executive roles running her brand and at the Trump Organization, though she retains ownership of the brand. She has been more visible lately, working on a plan for paid family leave that is included in the president’s budget, taking part in the president’s first foreign trip and appearing with her father to talk about job training.Republican consultant Alex Conant, who worked on Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential bid, said the advocacy campaigns were unlikely to make a great impact on the first daughter. “As long as she has a thick skin, those campaigns will be unsuccessful and she’ll remain effective,” he said. read more

Utah QB Jason Shelley embracing new role with confidence

SALT LAKE CITY — One quality that teammates and coaches love about Utah quarterback Jason Shelley is his confidence.The moment never seems to be too big for the redshirt freshman.Nothing exemplifies that better than a second-quarter play Shelley made against BYU. With the No. 17 Utes struggling to get their offence going in the first half of a 35-27 victory over the Cougars last weekend, Shelley sprinted 11 yards into BYU territory for a key first down, hurdling cornerback Keenan Ellis along the way.“I’ve never hurdled anybody before and I just tell people, ‘Don’t hurdle. It’s dangerous. Not the right thing to do,’” Shelley said. “That was a reflex. I’m not going to lie to you.”Shelley’s willingness to act on instinct and do whatever needs to be done to win is one key reason Utah is playing No. 10 Washington in the Pac-12 championship game on Friday night. He has gone 3-0 as a starter since stepping in for Tyler Huntley after Huntley broke his collarbone in a 38-20 loss to Arizona State.The Utes haven’t taken a step backward with Shelley at the controls. He hasn’t committed a turnover and his poise on and off the field has rubbed off on the rest of the team.“As a leader, the team really responds to him,” coach Kyle Whittingham said. “He’s a guy that’s really got the respect of his teammates and that’s through his work ethic, how he’s performed, and who he is. He’s a professional.”For Shelley, it’s a satisfying step in a season that began with speculation about whether he would ultimately even remain a quarterback or get moved to a different position. Shelley faced an intense battle with freshman Jack Tuttle in spring and fall camp for the No. 2 quarterback spot. Shelley ultimately prevailed over Tuttle, a four-star recruit from Utah’s 2018 signing class who has since left the program, and won the backup job.Now he is proving himself worthy of being a starter.None of Shelley’s key stats really jump off the page. He has thrown for 624 yards and three touchdowns over the last three games, while completing 58.5 per cent of his passes. But his knack for making big plays does catch fans’ attention.In wins over Oregon and Colorado, Shelley connected with receivers on deep passes at critical junctures. Then, against BYU, he did damage with his legs, rushing for a career-high 61 yards, including an impromptu 33-yard run for Utah’s final touchdown with 1:43 left.“I was just trying to run the clock out and then there was a lot of grass, so I figured I could seal the game with a touchdown,” Shelley said.Offensive production is holding steady under Shelley’s leadership.The Utes averaged 41.0 points and 481.8 total yards during a four-game winning streak in October. After Huntley and lead running back Zack Moss went down with injuries, Utah has ripped off three straight wins while averaging 32.3 points and 393.3 yards.Whittingham credits offensive co-ordinator and quarterbacks coach Troy Taylor for scripting plays that are tailored to Shelley’s specific skills. He has many of the same dual-threat qualities as Huntley, but the plays with Shelley incorporate nuances that play to his strengths at the position.Shelley does his part by not trying to do too much by himself.“He never presses,” Whittingham said. “He doesn’t try to make a play when there’s not one there to be made.”___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25John Coon, The Associated Press read more

SENSATION IN SLOVENIA Krka beat Celje PL to win Super Cup

It sounds completely amazing, but RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko lost first trophy in the season! Absolut outsiders MRK Krka Novo Mesto made the biggest sucess in the club history by beating the Slovenian handball powerhouse 23:22 (11:12) at the final of Super Cup.MRK Krka Novo mesto – RK Celje Pivovarna Laško 23:22 (11:12)MRK Krka Novo mesto: Tomić 14 saves, Pavlin; Leon Rašo 1, Bevec, Didovič 4, Okleščen 2, Pršina 3, Irman, Jakše 5, Klemenčič, Dino Rašo, Batagelj, Papež 8, Kukman, Windischer, Matko.RK Celje Pivovarna Laško: Ferlin 4 saves, Panjtar; Vujović 1, Jurečič 4, Malus 1, Razgor 3, Marguč 1, Šarac 4, Grošelj 1, Nenadić, Kodrin 3, Horžen, Makuc 1, Anić 2, Dujšebaev, Bećiri 1. ← Previous Story LNH 18/19: Rampant PSG beat local rival Ivry Next Story → Rampant RNL smash MT Melsungen MRK KrkaRK Celje Pivovarna Lasko read more