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Red cards 'more likely' when referees use slo-mo

Red cards 'more likely' when referees use slo-mo

Technology
Football referees are more likely to hand out harsher penalties when replaying situations in slow motion, a new study has found. Cognitive scientists in Belgium researching VAR (video assistant referee) technology found that while replays did not significantly affect the accuracy of a decision on whether a foul had taken place or not, they did affect judgement on intention.The study was conducted by Dr Jochim Spitz and colleagues at the University of Leuven on the response of 88 elite football referees to videos of yellow-card fouls.Referees were 63% accurate when using slow-motion replays to make a technical decision on whether or not a foul was committed, compared with 61% accurate in real time.However, 20% of the referees gave a red after watching the video in slow motio...
'More than half' of UK households face broadband problems

'More than half' of UK households face broadband problems

Business
One in five British households have experienced slow broadband speeds in the last year, according to Which.A similar number have had connection dropouts and router problems, the consumer rights group added.It polled more than 1,900 customers across 12 providers, more than half of whom reported having problems with their broadband service or price.Which said providers had "a long way to go" to meet customer expectations.The survey looked at the biggest providers, including BT, Sky, TalkTalk, Virgin Media and Zen Internet. Together they serve about 90% of UK broadband customers.Superfast broadband: Rural residents 'left in the lurch'Three million homes to get ultrafast broadband It said TalkTalk customers were most likely to experience "very slow" speeds, with 31% of them reporting problems ...
Brexit disruption to UK-EU flights 'more likely'

Brexit disruption to UK-EU flights 'more likely'

Business
Disruption to flights between Britain and the European Union is becoming more likely as Brexit approaches in March 2019, Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary has said.Mr O'Leary was speaking after a meeting with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling about the need to reach an "open sky" deal between the UK and Europe ahead of leaving the EU."It is now more likely there will be a disruption to flights," he said."I think there will be disruption around September, October 2018."Airlines say they need a new deal to replace current arrangements by September or October next year to be able to provide scheduled flights in the months after Britain exits the bloc.Mr O'Leary said some European airlines were against the UK getting a favourable deal, singling out the French and the Germans."It's odds against a d...