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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...
Lloyds Bank bans Bitcoin purchases on its credit cards

Lloyds Bank bans Bitcoin purchases on its credit cards

Business
Lloyds Banking Group has banned its customers from buying Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies on their credit cards.The ban, starting on Monday, applies to Lloyds Bank, Bank of Scotland, Halifax and MBNA customers. It will not apply to debit cards, only to the banking group's eight million credit card customers.The move follows a sharp fall in the value of digital currencies, prompting fears about people running up debts.Lloyds is concerned it could end up footing the bill for unpaid debts should the price continue to fall.Explaining the ban, a Lloyds spokeswoman said: "We continually review our products and procedures and this is part of that."Bitcoin ended last week down 30% at $ 8,291.87 - its worst week since April 2013 and far below the $ 19,000 it reached last November.However, the c...
Visa bans several cryptocurrency-backed cards, leaving thousands in the lurch

Visa bans several cryptocurrency-backed cards, leaving thousands in the lurch

Finance
Visa ended its relationship with a large cryptocurrency card provider on Friday, causing thousands of people's transactions to be declined and scrambling to figure out how to access their money. The card provider, WaveCrest, confirmed in an email to CNBC that it was required "to immediately close all Visa cards." "As a licensed E-Money Institution, WaveCrest is required to safeguard funds to cover all of its issued electronic money and we can confirm that these funds are safe and available for redemption through other channels," the statement read. Visa, a payment network, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Wavecrest provided its services to a number of crypto-card companies, including Bitwala, Cryptopay, Wirex and TenX. These companies convert people's cryptocurrencies ...
House of Cards to return without Spacey

House of Cards to return without Spacey

Entertainment
The final season of House of Cards will start production in 2018 without Kevin Spacey, Netflix has said.The sixth season of the US political drama, which starred the 58-year-old as a fictional president, was originally expected to air in mid-2018.But the show was put on hold after actor Anthony Rapp claimed Spacey sexually assaulted him when he was 14. Since then, numerous allegations against the Oscar-winning actor have surfaced.According to media reports, Netflix has been considering five possible spin-offs for the popular show, although it is unclear what the focus would be or when they would air.Image:Spacey is seeking 'evaluation and treatment', according to a representativeThe company has now confirmed that work on the sixth season - comprised of eight episodes - will begin in the ne...