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Instagram to allow teens to block messages from adults

Instagram to allow teens to block messages from adults

Technology
Instagram is introducing new anti-grooming safety measures that will prevent adult users from sending direct messages to teenagers unless they follow them.It follows criticism of Facebook over its actions on child grooming, with multiple international statements calling for the company to ensure that young people using its platforms were kept safe. Of particular concern has been the company's plans to move all of its platforms to using end-to-end encryption, similar to WhatsApp. Critics allege this would disable Facebook's own internal monitoring of messages for potential grooming. Image: Facebook also owns Instagram and WhatsApp Instagram's policies require that all of its users are over 13. People who identify themselves as teenager...
NCAA to allow fans at Division I men’s basketball tournament

NCAA to allow fans at Division I men’s basketball tournament

Sports
Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The NCAA will allow a limited number of fans at the 2021 Division I men's basketball tournament, the governing body of college sports said Friday. NCAA officials said the decision to allow up to 25% capacity at tournament venues, with physical distancing, was made in conjunction with state and local health authorities in Indiana. Attendees will be required to wear masks. Advertisement Officials announced in January that the entire 67-game tournament will be held in Indiana to better control the environment for the event's participants amid the coronavirus pandemic. Selection Sunday, the annual day that teams find out if they earned a spot in the tournament, is planned for March 14. Tournament play starts March 16 and 17. The Final Four is scheduled for April 3 and 5. "We...
Microfibers could allow pieces of clothing to track a variety of vital signs

Microfibers could allow pieces of clothing to track a variety of vital signs

Science
Dec. 1 (UPI) -- New research suggests it won't be long before socks or a wristband are tracking a variety of vital signs, from a person's heart rate and blood pressure to their cholesterol levels and circadian rhythms. According to a paper published Tuesday in the journal Applied Physics Reviews, microfibers and nanofibers will make it possible for pieces of clothing to keep tabs on common ailments, such as diabetes, asthma, obesity and high blood pressure. Advertisement Wearable fibers are both sensitive and flexible, capable of being woven into a variety of garments, or even woven directly into a person's skin -- like a tattoo. These fibers can measure blood pressure, heart rate, sleep quality, cholesterol levels, oxygen levels and other vital signs. As a population ages, health proble...
Reserve Bank of India appeals to Supreme Court to allow NPA classification

Reserve Bank of India appeals to Supreme Court to allow NPA classification

Finance
MUMBAI: India's central bank has appealed to the country's top court to let banks classify loans as nonperforming, saying a ban imposed to help borrowers in the COVID-19 pandemic could greatly harm the nation's financial system. The Reserve Bank of India, in a filing to the Supreme Court late on Friday, warned that failure to immediately lift an interim stay on banks classifying any loan as a non-performing asset (NPA) would also undermine the central bank's regulatory mandate. The court granted the stay last month, responding to a plea filed by an Indian optician, later joined by a wide range of borrowers whose income or revenue was hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The court is set to rule on the matter on Tuesday. The ruling could have far-reaching consequences not only for millions of bo...
Miami Dolphins to allow 13,000 fans, require masks at Hard Rock Stadium

Miami Dolphins to allow 13,000 fans, require masks at Hard Rock Stadium

Sports
Aug. 24 (UPI) -- The Miami Dolphins announced Monday that they will allow a maximum of 13,000 fans for their first home game this season at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Fans will be required to wear masks when not drinking or eating. The announcement comes after the Kansas City Chiefs announced last week they will allow about 16,000 fans for the first game of the NFL season Sept. 10 in Kansas City, Mo. Advertisement The Dolphins will host the Buffalo Bills in their first regular-season home game Sept. 20. As of Monday morning, the Chiefs and Dolphins were the only NFL teams to announce allowing a specific number of fans at their first home games this season amid the coronavirus pandemic. Hard Rock Stadium also serves as the home stadium for the University of Miami football te...