TOKYO (AP) — A coalition of 180 rights groups is calling for a boycott of next year’s Beijing Winter Olympics tied to reported human rights abuses in China. The games are to open on February 4, 2022. The coalition is made up of groups representing Tibetans, Uighurs, Inner Mongolians and others. The group has issued an open letter to governments calling for a boycott of the Olympics “to ensure they are not used to embolden the Chinese government’s appalling rights abuses and crackdowns on dissent.” Rights groups have previously asked the International Olympic Committee to move the games from China.
Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today from the U.K. (which funnily enough doesn’t have a day off celebrating July 4!). John Tiffany, Disney & National Team Up for PinocchioWe’re wishing upon a star that this project makes its way to Broadway! Tony winner John Tiffany is not just bringing Harry Potter to the stage—he’s also teamed up with Disney Theatricals and the U.K.’s National Theatre to potentially put Pinocchio on the boards. Penned by Tiffany’s Tony-winning Once collaborator Enda Walsh, the stage adaptation will be based on the original source of the tale, Carlo Collidi’s The Adventures Of Pinocchio, along with the 1940 Disney animated film (which featured classic tunes including “When You Wish Upon A Star” and “Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor’s Life For Me”)). The Daily Mail reports that a workshop will take place later this year and Pinocchio may then make its world premiere at the National in the 2016 holiday season. Design will be by Tony winner Bob Crowley, with choreography by Steven Hoggett.B’way Alum Gugu Mbatha-Raw Set for GlobeGugu Mbatha-Raw will tread the boards at Shakespeare’s Globe! The Beyond the Lights star will appear as Nell in Jessica Swale’s new play Nell Gwynn, directed by Christopher Luscombe. The production will play a limited engagement September 19 through October 11, with opening night scheduled for September 24. Mbatha-Raw is no stranger to the stage—her credits include playing Ophelia opposite Jude Law in Michael Grandage’s Hamlet in the West End and on Broadway. Side note: if you’ve not seen Beyond the Lights yet, turn on Netflix immediately. It comes from Gina Prince-Bythewood, the creator of Love & Basketball, and is thus essential viewing.New Ballet Boy for Billy ElliotOur Spidey sense tells us Nat Sweeney is destined for an incredible evening! He will make his West End stage debut on July 3 in the titular role in Billy Elliot. Sweeney joins Brodie Donougher, Thomas Hazelby, Ollie Jochim and Bradley Perret who alternate as Billy. Ruthie Henshall and Deka Walmsley lead the adult cast as Mrs Wilkinson and Dad, respectively.Cast Switcheroo for The Play That Goes WrongNew York-aimed hit comedy The Play That Goes Wrong is getting a new cast in the West End! From August 18, Leonard Cook will play Robert, with Bryony Corrigan as Sandra, Harry Kershaw as Chris, Laura Kirman as Annie, Chris Leask as Trevor, James Marlowe as Max, Laurence Pears as Jonathan and Niall Ransome as Dennis. Directed by Mark Bell, the Olivier-winning show is running at the Duchess Theatre.Trevor Nunn’s a Busy ManRufus Hound, Oliver Cotton, Laurence Spellman, Alex Waldmann and Susan Tracy have been tapped for legendary director Trevor Nunn’s The Wars of the Roses. Starring the previously reported Joely Richardson, the trilogy is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s histories: Henry VI Parts I, II & III and Richard III, by John Barton and in collaboration with Peter Hall. Performances will run September 16 through October 31 at the Rose Theatre Kingston. Will it then be next stop Broadway for Nunn with those puddy Cats? View Comments
Against then-No. 10 Florida State on Thursday, Ford poured in 15 points in the 10-point win. The Seminoles were the highest-ranked opponent Syracuse has beat this season and the victory helped clinch a double bye in the ACC tournament.When Ford plays up to her potential, she gives the Orange another shooter off the bench for a team that wants to take every open shot.“You have to pick your poison with them,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said after Ford knocked down five 3-pointers.Then three days later, Ford picked up three fouls in nine minutes, didn’t record a point against Pittsburgh as her inconsistent play resurfaced. Ford is third on SU in rebounding rate, according to WBBState.com, which measures rebounds per possession. But her overall numbers are low because she hasn’t been on the floor as much as she used to.Hillsman said the back injury has specifically restricted Ford in shooting, defending and boxing out.“I’m upset I’m not producing as much and helping the team out,” Ford said.On Thursday, Syracuse won its third game against a ranked opponent this season, a feat that hasn’t been done since 2001-02. On Monday, Syracuse reached No. 18 in the AP Poll, its highest ranking in program history. A win on Thursday would secure top-three finish in the ACC.Ford has flashed glimpses of the key player she could be, but she’s still facing a troublesome situation that she has no control over.“It’s hard to do everything when your back’s hurting,” Hillsman said. “It’s hard to go to the bathroom when your back is hurting. It’s just tough to overcome.” Comments Published on February 24, 2016 at 1:12 am Contact Paul: email@example.com | @pschweds It took less than a minute for head coach Quentin Hillsman to reference Syracuse’s depth during the media day press conference on Oct. 16. His starters don’t jog out when their names are announced over the loudspeaker before each game because he says he has seven starters.With one regular season game left, though, only five Syracuse players average 15 or more minutes. Last season, six players, including forward Taylor Ford, did that.In her senior year, Ford’s minutes and subsequent production have dropped off while she battles a nagging back injury. When she produces, she can help push No. 18 Syracuse (22-6, 12-3 Atlantic Coast) over the edge against top teams. When she doesn’t, the Orange leans on its typical go-to players. While it hasn’t cost SU, who is riding a program-record eight straight conference wins, Ford’s mercurial play could spark a deep postseason run or help prevent it.“She’s probably more like six or seven (in the rotation). She’s definitely a player we need in our rotation,” Hillsman said. “It’s one of those unfortunate things. There’s no scheme for injury.”As a junior, Ford averaged 6.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in 20.7 minutes emerging as a serviceable defensive stopgap and a capable long-range shooter. Without legitimate time off to rest, the forward’s been limited to a secondary role averaging 3.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 11.5 minutes per game. Her field-goal percentage has dropped from 37.2 percent over the past two years to 31 percent this season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFord said her injury hasn’t factored in her decreased production, but Hillsman said balancing her playing time has challenged him. Just twice this season, Ford has played more than 20 minutes. Against Coppin State on Dec. 9, she scored 21 points. Three days later, she scored just three.“Are we going to be able to have a lot of depth,” Hillsman asked at media day while rattling off questions that would determine the season’s outcome.Hillsman regularly uses six players off the bench, but only a couple of them play significant roles each game. Ford has twice, but has been ineffective in the others. Evan Jenkins | Staff Photographer Related Stories Taylor Ford’s 15 points propel No. 23 Syracuse past No. 10 Florida State Facebook Twitter Google+
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