Russian Theater Performing For One Spectator At A Time

MOSCOW, March 23 (Reuters) – Usually it’s the artists for whom a solo is the ultimate prize. Now it is the audience.

Starting this month, Russia’s Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre will stream its performances online and allow just one spectator in the theater to watch in person.

Called “One-On-One,” the project is designed to create a new kind of interaction with the public at a time when a growing number of coronavirus cases are limiting outings and gatherings.

“We are ready to hold performances for one person because in the end … one spectator has the same value as a full house,“ Marat Gatsalov, the theater’s principal stage director, said in a statement.

The theater, located in Perm, an industrial city 1,100 km (680 miles) east of Moscow, said it would shortly be accepting applications for those wanting to attend the performances alone.

It said that one of the performers would choose thespectator in a draw, but that the chosen person would need to be screened by a doctor before entering the theater.

Russia has so far recorded 438 cases of the virus, as well as one coronavirus-related death.

The authorities have barred foreign nationals from entering the country until May in an effort to stop the coronavirus from spreading further, and have canceled or heavily restricted public gatherings.

(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Andrew Osborn and Alison Williams)

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The need for online privacy is finally resonating with video chat

The public’s generally blasé attitude towards online privacy finally seems to have met its match — in video chatting. 

On Friday, New York City banned its schools from using Zoom after determining the platform wasn’t private and secure enough. Like organizations and individuals around the world, the district had turned to Zoom to remotely carry on its business during coronavirus-necessitated social distancing orders. 

However, in recent weeks, Zoom’s data collection practices, lack of security and encryption, and multiple other vulnerabilities, came to light. So now, its prominence as the quarantine video chat tool of choice is in question.

In addition to the NYC Department of Education’s actions, other districts are reexamining their use of the platform, too. Even the FBI issued a warning about “Zoombombing,” the coordinated practice of crashing online classes and meetings and broadcasting inappropriate or offensive content. 

In the past, major online privacy scandals have had an underwhelming effect on the public’s actions. 

The Cambridge Analytica scandal exposed the extent of data Facebook (and other tech giants) collect on its users and monetize through targeted advertising; today, Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram continue to gain users. Amazon-owned Ring is a privacy disaster, delivering data to law enforcement and snooping on users; sales of Ring cameras actually tripled in December 2019. Throughout 2019, reports surfaced on every company that makes smart speakers that the devices are were in some way listening to our private conversations; by the end of 2019, sales of smart speakers still reached a record high.

But now, apparently, the act of breaking into our streamed, visual digital gatherings is the privacy violation egregious enough to get authorities and individuals alike to actually care about online security. 

Under social distancing orders, video chats have had to take the place of our in-person interactions. The fact that those classes, therapy sessions, and family catch-ups could be Zoombombed or otherwise exploited has prompted action in ways that other security flaws have not.

Zoom itself has put in place more privacy protections that should prevent against Zoombombing, including changing the default settings to password protect meeting and enable waiting rooms for participants. It has issued a series of apologies for other privacy blunders, such as a vulnerability that let hackers steal Windows passwords and its practices of mining data from LinkedIn and sending data to Facebook. 

That does not appear to be enough for superintendents who are trying to enable online learning while also protecting the privacy of their charges. The New York City Department of Education has recommended that schools use Microsoft Teams for virtual class instead. 

Protecting your online privacy can sometimes feel like an impossible task on an internet that runs on the use of personal data to sell things. But a compromised video call puts the issue into focus in a way that other scandals haven’t. 

As our world relies on the virtual realm for connection while social distancing, hopefully that attitude can impact our privacy on the rest of the web, too.

Queen Elizabeth II delivers very British social distancing solidarity speech

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The Queen has spoken.

Queen Elizabeth II took decidedly rare action Sunday, delivering a televised speech to the United Kingdom and British Commonwealth. The 93-year-old monarch spoke about the need for solidarity and strength as the world battles coronavirus and feels the economic impact of social distancing. It was only the fourth such appearance during a time of national trouble she has made.

“I am speaking to you at what I know is an increasingly challenging time,” the Queen opened. “A time of disruption in the time of our country.”

The queen offered sympathy to those suffering, and thanks to healthcare workers and others providing essential services. She called on the historically British traits of stoicism in conjuring up the storied attitudes of World War II Britons, imploring her subjects to show that face again — despite the Brexited U.K. being a very different place than it once was.

“I hope in the years to come, everyone will be able to take pride in how they responded to this challenge,” Queen Elizabeth II said, “and those who come after us will say that the Britons of this generation were as strong as any. That the attributes of self-discipline, of quiet good-humored resolve and of fellow-feeling still characterize this country.” 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was late to impose social distancing orders on the country, though they are now in full effect. Johnson himself was hospitalized for coronavirus complications Sunday. The Queen’s heir, Prince Charles, has also tested positive for coronavirus. With the country’s leadership in such a state, the queen’s subjects might just appreciate her sentiment: that “we will meet again.” 

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One person said on Twitter: “Nibiru arrive, to be here soon.

“God is the greatest not Maga. America ‘will pay a very heavy price, indeed!’ #coronavirus #iran #tehran”

Another person said: “I think this corona virus s*** is a cover for Nibiru incoming.

“Look at these empty hospitals, military going to Mt. Cheyenne. COVID keeps making less sense.”

A third Twitter user said: “World/America! Nibiru/Planet X will pass soon, the Poles will shift, and y’all will be bombarded with Hundreds of millions of meteorites, y’all government is lying/deceiving y’all deliberately.

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“But in reality, Mars’ surface looks more similar to a desert on Earth.”

Mr Waring went on to accuse NASA of doctoring its images to obscure the supposed fact Mars is hospitable.

He said: “This way, there is no other country racing to Mars and NASA will have no competition… which gives them a lot of time to get there.”

But the Red Planet is very much the opposite of being hospitable, with no vegetation, a paper-thin atmosphere and planet-sized dust storms.

There are also many reasons why the US space agency alters the colours of its rover photos, none of which have to do with aliens.

Coronavirus in the Bible: Is COVID-19 a biblical plague of the end times?

Is coronavirus a biblical plague of prophecy?

Despite the outrageous claims made online, most Bible experts do not believe in links between scripture and the pandemic.


The Bible did warn of war and plague in the end days but most experts agree coronavirus does not fit the description.

Revelation 16-17, for instance, says: “Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, ‘Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth’.

“The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly, festering sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshipped its image.

Xherdan The Sphynx Cat Becomes Internet’s New Spirit Animal

A sphynx cat in Rüti, Switzerland, is becoming an internet sensation thanks to his unusual wrinkles and constantly grumpy expression.

Xherdan the cat may look scary to some, but it was love at first sight for his owner, Sandra Filippi, who adopted him six years ago when he was a kitten.  

Xherdan, 6, is covered in wrinkles from head to toe. People have been comparing him to a caterpillar, an alien, a brain and a

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Xherdan, 6, is covered in wrinkles from head to toe. People have been comparing him to a caterpillar, an alien, a brain and a dumpling.

“When I first saw him, he immediately stole my heart,” Filippi told Caters News Agency. “He makes me and other people laugh all the time and that’s the most beautiful thing there is. I am so incredibly proud. He is just so unique.”

Xherdan is also well-known for his angry-looking frown, but his owner says he's a sweet cat who loves to sleep and "talk."

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Xherdan is also well-known for his angry-looking frown, but his owner says he’s a sweet cat who loves to sleep and “talk.”

Xherdan’s extreme looks might intimidate some people, but Filippi says he’s such a sweetie that even the most apprehensive person loves him after they meet him in the flesh. 

“He also speaks a great deal and in all pitches ― when he is excited, when he is hungry, when he plays, or while cuddling and falling asleep,” Filippi told

“He makes me and other people laugh all the time and that’s the most beautiful thing there is," Xerdan's owner sa

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“He makes me and other people laugh all the time and that’s the most beautiful thing there is,” Xerdan’s owner says.

Filippi isn’t the only one who has developed a great love for Xherdan.

An Instagram page devoted to him has more than 25,000 followers.

Xerdan "speaks a great deal and in all pitches," according to his owner.

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Xerdan “speaks a great deal and in all pitches,” according to his owner.

Xherdan’s looks may be unique, but his personality is in keeping with his breed. Sphynxes are known for their intelligence, extroverted personalities, great energy, and habit of showering their owners with affection.

Even the most apprehensive person loves Xerdan after they meet him in the flesh, his owner says.

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Even the most apprehensive person loves Xerdan after they meet him in the flesh, his owner says.

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