The United States may or may not have played the better football in Monday’s match against Ghana. But it came away with three huge points. That, coupled with Germany’s 4-0 thrashing of Portugal, makes the U.S. slight favorites to advance to the knockout stage. FiveThirtyEight’s World Cup predictions now give the United States a 63 percent chance of advancing, up from 33 percent on Monday morning.This forecast is based on simulating the rest of the group stage 10,000 times, using estimates of team strength from ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (see here for a lot more methodological detail). It helps to have a computer to do this work when there are so many permutations to consider.There are nine remaining scenarios involving the Americans’ results, among them possibly beating, losing to or drawing with Portugal, and then the same possibilities against Germany. Some of these are relatively easy to resolve, but others are more complex and depend on the outcomes of the other remaining matches in Group G — Germany against Ghana and Portugal against Ghana — and possibly FIFA’s tie-breaking procedures.FIFA’s first tiebreaker is based on goal differential. That greatly advantages Germany, with its +4 so far, and greatly harms Portugal, with its -4. The next tiebreaker is based on goals scored (for that reason, it was slightly better for the U.S. to beat Ghana 2-1 than by the 1-0 scoreline that held for most of the game). Finally, head-to-head results are considered — so if it comes down to the U.S. and Ghana and they’re tied on both goals scored and allowed, the U.S. would go in ahead.Here’s the Americans’ outlook, in brief:Win twice, advance to the knockout stage.Win once and draw once, advance.Draw twice, advance.Win once and lose once, almost certainly advance (there’s one highly unlikely mathematical exception).Lose twice, and almost certainly go out (there’s one highly unlikely mathematical exception).Draw once and lose once, and it gets complicated. It’s considerably better for the U.S. to draw against Portugal and lose to Germany than the other way around.Now here’s the long version:Beat Portugal, beat Germany: U.S. is in. This rather optimistic scenario is easy to figure. You win all your matches, you win your group.Beat Portugal, draw Germany: U.S. is in. This scenario guarantees advancement and a tie for first place in the group. If Germany also beats Ghana, however, the U.S. would likely lose the tiebreaker and finish with the second qualifying position.Beat Portugal, lose to Germany: U.S. is in unless it gets really unlucky. This scenario generally leads to a second-place finish in the group. The exception would be if Ghana beat both Portugal and Germany. In that case, Germany, Ghana and the U.S. would finish in a three-way tie atop the group. One team — probably not Germany and possibly the U.S. — would be the odd one out based on goal differential.Draw Portugal, beat Germany: U.S. is in. This scenario delivers seven points and guarantees the U.S. first place in the group.Draw Portugal, draw Germany: U.S. is in. Two draws will be good enough. There won’t be enough points to go around the rest of the group to prevent the U.S. from advancing, though it would probably do so as the second-place team — either because the U.S. finishes second outright or because it loses the tiebreaker to Germany.Draw Portugal, lose to Germany: U.S. is favored to advance but not safe. This is among the more likely outcomes, so we’ll break it down in more detail. There are a number of permutations based on the results of Ghana’s games against Germany and Portugal.Under three permutations — Ghana draws with Portugal and either draws with or loses to Germany, or Ghana beats Portugal and loses to Germany, the U.S. will have sole possession of second place and advance.But under another permutation, the U.S. would be out despite its four points. This case happens if Ghana beats Portugal and Germany, giving both Ghana and Germany six points.In the other permutations, the U.S. would finish in a tie for second place, with Germany winning the group. If the tie is with Portugal, the U.S. would likely advance on the basis of goal differential. If the tie is with Ghana, it’s a little harder to say.Lose to Portugal, beat Germany: U.S. is almost certainly in. The only exception is if, in addition to these results, both Germany and Portugal beat Ghana. In that case, the U.S., Germany and Portugal would be tied atop the group with six points. The U.S. would likely get the second position based on goal differential, however, so this scenario is quite safe.Lose to Portugal, draw Germany: U.S. is a slight underdog to advance. This case is inferior to losing to Germany and drawing with Portugal because it gives Portugal three points and makes it much more of a threat to advance. The permutations get complicated:The U.S. is almost certainly out in the cases where Portugal beats Ghana. That, coupled with a Portuguese win against the U.S., would give Portugal six points and it would leapfrog the U.S. in the standings. (The only exception is if Germany gets blown out by Ghana so badly that it loses the tiebreaker to the U.S. — not at all likely.)Only one permutation guarantees the U.S. entry: if Germany beats Ghana but Ghana beats Portugal.A number of other permutations involve ties for second place, sometimes against Germany (bad for the U.S.) and sometimes against Portugal (good for the U.S.).Finally, there could even be a four-way tie for first if Ghana draws with Portugal and beats Germany!Lose to Portugal, lose to Germany: U.S. is mathematically alive but needs a miracle. This almost certainly dooms the United States. But just as there’s a wild-card scenario in which it could win twice but fail to advance, there’s one in which it could lose both remaining matches but move on. That would happen if Ghana beats Portugal and loses to Germany. Then Germany would win the group with nine points, and the U.S. would be in a three-way tie for second with Portugal and Ghana. The U.S. would need to beat both teams on the tiebreaker. It wouldn’t be how you script these things, but neither was Monday’s win.One final note: The Americans’ chances to advance should improve slightly when we rerun the numbers on Tuesday morning, as they’ll reflect the change in the Soccer Power Index, which we update overnight. It’s not that the United States’ SPI will increase so much as that Portugal’s will decline: Portugal looks much more beatable (or at least drawable) after its 4-0 defeat. SPI is not sophisticated enough to account for the red card to Portugal’s Pepe (who will miss the match against the U.S.) or the injury to the U.S.’s Jozy Altidore — nor for the fact that the Americans’ quality of play on Monday was not as impressive as the scoreline.
With Tiger Woods restored to his familiar place among golf’s major winners, it’s tempting to allow the sports nostalgia to seep in. Tiger’s back! It’s just like the 1990s again! But as is the case in every sport, the game that Woods played 20 years ago is very different from today’s version and, if anything, makes his win at the Masters last month all the more impressive.Perhaps the biggest difference involves the sheer power of modern hitters. In 1995, Woods’s last season before turning pro, the average qualified PGA Tour golfer hit the ball 263.6 yards per drive; the leader, John Daly, checked in at 289.0 yards per drive. So far this season, the average is 292.9 yards per drive, and tour leader Cameron Champ checks in at 315.7. That’s right — the average drive distance from 2019 would have led the PGA Tour each season through 1996. Woods’s mark in 19971The first year Tiger played enough as a pro to qualify for the PGA Tour’s leaderboards. of 294.8 ranked second only to Daly’s 302.0. A 294.8-yard average today would rank just 86th of the 214 golfers on tour — tied with the slumping former World No. 1 Jordan Spieth. And just like the existing players increased their power through technology, existing major hosts have added length to offset it. Sixteen courses hosted a major in both the 1990s and 2010s; those courses averaged 7,011.6 yards back then and 7,307.9 yards now — an increase of 296.3 yards on average. Even the Black Course at Bethpage State Park in Long Island, which hosts this weekend’s PGA Championship, has increased its length by 222 yards since it hosted Woods’s U.S. Open victory back in 2002.We should note that both the boom in driving distances and the Tiger-proofing craze have largely leveled off since the mid-2000s. The average PGA Tour drive continues to creep up by a couple of yards every few years, but today’s long-drive leaders, such as Champ, Johnson and Rory McIlroy, are mostly hitting it the same distance as Bubba Watson and Robert Garrigus were a decade earlier. In that sense, the game Woods left when his 11-year major drought began in 2008 was actually similar to the one he climbed to the top of again last month.Just the same, when Tiger tees off Thursday at Bethpage in the PGA Championship, the modern sport’s power will be on full display. Woods might still smash it a solid 300 off the tee like he did in the late ’90s, but he won’t be vying for the tour lead in distance; instead, that part of his game makes him just another golfer in the middle of the pack. What once was a massive distance advantage that Woods used to rack up a -13 score relative to par on par-5s at the 1997 Masters is now nothing special. These days, just about everyone hits it like Tiger — if not better.So what happened? For one thing, pro golfers took Woods’s lead and became much stronger and more athletic. Although Daly was a freak of nature — he never worked out and bombed drives while chain-smoking and pounding Diet Cokes — today’s top players have a lot more in common with current World No. 1 Dustin Johnson, who stands a lean 6-foot-4, hits the ball 305 yards per drive and proudly posts shirtless Instagram photos. As we’ve written before, Woods’s current pursuit of majors has been made more difficult by an influx of younger athletes to the game that he himself helped inspire. And a big part of that younger generation’s success is linked to hitting the ball really far.But another, even bigger factor is a drastic improvement in equipment over the years. Before the 1990s, driver clubheads were significantly smaller, made of heavy material like persimmon (instead of metal) and attached to the ends of shorter, heavier metal shafts (as opposed to graphite). As more and more players began switching to modern clubs — the last major won with a persimmon driver was Bernhard Langer’s victory at the 1993 Masters — the tour began to see a massive increase in driving distance (and, interestingly enough, a decrease in driving accuracy). More than just the introduction of fitter players, established golfers were also hitting the ball harder: The 60 players who qualified for the PGA Tour driving leaderboard in both 1995 and 2005 saw an average increase of 18.6 yards per drive over that span.Simply put, lighter clubs with a longer shaft and larger clubhead surface area generate more power. As a fun exercise last year, YouTuber and PGA club pro Rick Shiels hit 10 drives with both a top-of-the-line club from about 20 years ago (the Ping TiSi Tec) and 2018 (the Ping G400 Max) and measured the results using tracking analytics. On average, Shiels estimated to have hit the ball 16 yards farther in the air (and 19 yards farther in total) with the modern driver, thanks in part to a ball velocity 4 mph faster off the clubhead:Of course, the ball itself has also made it easier to drive for huge distances. The introduction of Titleist’s Pro V1 model in 2000 — which features a “multilayer” design with a solid rubber core and thin polymer casing — instantly revolutionized the way balls were manufactured, optimizing power without sacrificing accuracy. When Shiels ran a similar test between 1998 and 2018 golf balls (using the same club for each), he drove the ball 11 yards farther through the air — and 12 yards farther in total — with the current Pro V1, thanks again to a nearly 3 mph boost in velocity off the face.These clear technological improvements have led to questions over whether such advantages should be dialed back at the pro level to make the game harder again. Although the golf ball debate rages on, many top-tier courses have been remade since the ’90s, “Tiger-proofing” themselves by adding more distance to their layouts. Par-72 major championship courses in the 1990s averaged 7,006.1 yards in total length; by the 2000s, that average became 7,319.3 yards, and this decade it’s 7,456.6 yards — a 6.4 percent increase that mirrors the change in average driving distance since the early 2000s.
As fans and media throughout Columbus continue to dwell on Ohio State’s 24-6 loss in Miami on Saturday, Buckeyes’ coach Luke Fickell said he can’t and won’t. “We have a 17-hour rule. After 17 hours, it’s over with,” Fickell said. “Doesn’t mean we forget about what happened or we forget the feeling of what happened, but we move on.” With the team’s 17-hour period of reflecting on the loss over, Fickell said his team will only concern itself with present problems. “Somebody asked, ‘What do you think this team is going to be in three weeks?’ I worry about today,” he said. “I’ll worry about tomorrow, tomorrow. “(One thing) the team can’t do is worry about what’s going to happen in three weeks, three months … that will eat you alive.” Junior defensive lineman John Simon, a captain for this Saturday’s game against Colorado, is eager to move forward with the season. He expects to learn a lot about his team after coming off its first loss of the young season. “We’re fired up. It’s an exciting week for us,” Simon said. “These are the weeks you kind of look forward to. You never want to lose, but you get to see what kind of team you have this week, seeing how we’re going to react and rebuild off this loss.” The other Buckeyes’ captain on Saturday will be junior fullback Zach Boren, who doesn’t plan to need rebuilding off of a loss again this season. “We’re going to go out and try and win every game,” Boren said. “No matter if it’s by one point or 50 points, we don’t care, we’re going to go out and win every game. That’s our mentality.” If the young Buckeyes can go on to win every game, Fickell said he believes it could leave Buckeye fans remembering the Miami loss as a mere bump in the road. “It’s ultimately where you end and not where you begin. We want to see improvement. That’s what our focus is going to be,” Fickell said. “But you have to move on.” “You still (have) to spend time on Colorado,” Fickell added. “We need to make sure we focus on what we’re doing, tackling on defense, ball security on offense.” Fickell said moving on involves holding every player accountable for his play, regardless of the player’s tenure with the team. “No excuses, whether they’re young or they’re old,” Fickell said. “We have such an incredibly high standard for those guys.” Simon echoed his coach’s feelings. “We’re not going to make excuses for ourselves. Miami came to play and got the job done. But our objective this week is Colorado,” Simon said. “We’re up to the challenge. Like I said, guys are in there this morning breaking down film, game planning, so we’re ready to go.”
Ohio State junior wide receiver Binjimen Victor (9) runs the ball in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against Penn State on Sept. 29. Ohio State won 27-26. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorWith a 26-14 deficit to overcome with eight minutes to go in the fourth quarter, the Ohio State wide receivers knew they had a job to do. Redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins had trouble getting the ball downfield against the Penn State secondary, completing 15 of 29 pass attempts for 132 yards with a touchdown and an interception through the first three quarters of the game. With a veteran group, the receivers did what their goal has been with the first-time quarterback all season: to have his back. With a 12-point deficit and no momentum, it was not a matter of when it would happen. As a group, they said they knew it would happen. It was a matter of who. That’s when Binjimen Victor came into the picture. Haskins trotted onto the field for the second drive of the second quarter, quickly recorded completions to two wide receivers, senior C.J. Saunders and junior Austin Mack. After an incompletion to Mack, Haskins saw something in the Penn State defense he had been preparing for. “I look back and if we got a certain pressure, which we did get that pressure, we were going to change the play and I look back and Coach [Ryan] Day said ‘Run it,’” Haskins said. “I see it coming and I don’t know what to do, so I snap the ball, I see it coming, I pulled up and I see Ben and I was like, ‘I have to make a play.’” Victor said he was running through the middle on a dig route and was not even the primary receiver on the play. The junior receiver had to look back to him to see if a play could be made. However, as the ball came to him, Victor felt as though his time had come. “I just had to make a play for my team,” Victor said. “I just felt I had to put it on my back.” Victor caught the overthrown ball in the air with a defender draped on his leg, trying to bring him down, The receiver shook him off and, according to Victor, all he saw was green grass, and took off. However, it wasn’t all green grass for Victor. With defenders coming after him in the open field, redshirt senior wide receivers Johnnie Dixon and Parris Campbell each picked a man and kept him away from their teammate. For Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, the combination of the catch and the block brought life back into the Ohio State sideline. “It gave the whole sideline hope,” Meyer said. “Defense gets the ball back to the offense, even though it’s way down deep in there and then one of the great drives in Ohio State history.”Victor scored on the 47-yard play, bringing Ohio State within one score halfway through the fourth quarter.The Buckeyes would eventually beat the No. 9 Nittany Lions 27-26, with Victor’s play standing out as the key moment in the comeback. Meyer said it was nothing new. The head coach called Victor a very good practice player, saying the junior has never really lived up to his potential, never really had his turn in the spotlight. For Haskins, these are the kinds of catches he and Victor practice on a daily basis. “He’s a freaky athlete,” Haskins said. “Every Sunday, we work on 2-minute drills and situations like that. He makes those catches every day, so this is the time to do it in the game and it really came up big.” Victor knew someone had to make a play. It came with many parts, but instead of him making the blocks, leading the way for another receiver’s highlight, it was his chance. “You know, when I got a chance, you only get a couple,” Victor said. “You just have to make it pay.” For Meyer, that play is not only game-altering, keeping Ohio State on the path it was initially scheduled to be on. He thinks Victor’s catch could be career changing. “That’s the biggest play of anybody’s career, that one,” Meyer said.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The researchers took 50 cats from shelters and peoples homes and deprived them of food, human contact, scent and toys for a few hours.They then introduced them to stimuli within these four categories to see what they chose.Most cats chose human socialisation over any of the other categories.The authors of the study wrote: “While it has been suggested that cat sociality exists on a continuum, perhaps skewed toward independency, we have found that 50% of cats tested preferred interaction with the social stimulus even though they had a direct choice between social interaction with a human and their other most preferred stimuli from the three other stimulus categories.” Dog lovers always tell cat lovers that while the latter animal smells less, doesn’t need walking and is arguably more intelligent, they don’t like humans and are fundamentally selfish.Cataholics have been vindicated, however, by a new study which relays the cheering news that cats don’t just enjoy human company – they pick it over food.New research from Oregon State University, published on Friday in Behavioural Processes, concludes that cats enjoy human contact more than eating.Dispelling the rumour that cats are antisocial and the only love they show is cupboard love, they subjected cats to a series of tests to prove what they choose in different situations.
A Nanny who was paid £3.60 an hour shook a 10-month old baby boy to death when she “snapped” minutes after his mother left for work, a court heard.Viktoria Tautz, 34, allegedly killed Joshua Paul by using “excessive and dangerous” force when she lost her temper while looking after him at his north London home.Joshua suffered bleeding in the brain and bruising to the spinal cord and died in his parent’s arms at Great Ormond Street Hospital two days later.Tautz, a Hungarian student who was employed through an agency, told police that they had played a game of “horsey” on her knee that morning but he did not fall or show any pain. What am I going to tell his parents?what Viktoria Tautz said on the way to the hospital Prosecutor Zoe Johnson QC said experts had concluded Joshua died “as a result of being shaken or shaking accompanied by some sort of injury to his head”.Ms Johnson told jurors at the Old Bailey that Tautz “excessively and dangerously shook Joshua, that shaking leading to his death.”On that day, for whatever reason, something snapped in the defendant and for a short while she lost her temper with Joshua and assaulted him causing all those injuries.”Joshua was born three months prematurely with two holes in his heart and weighed just 3.7lbs (1.7kg). He needed help with breathing and was fed by a tube in his stomach. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Joshua suffered three cardiac arrests and it was agreed with his parents that he would be allowed to die. He died in his parents arms at 10.55pm on 1 September.Tautz told police that she played a game of “horsey” with Joshua before putting him in his cot, jurors heard.She claimed that she was in the room doing some sewing when Joshua suddenly burst out crying and his face went red.Tautz said that when she picked him up he went floppy and stopped breathing so she turned Joshua over to pat his back.She confirmed that while Joshua was in her care he did not fall, bang or shake his head. Tautz, of north London, denies one count of manslaughter. The trial continues. The 10-month old boy died at Great Ormond Street HospitalCredit:John Stillwell/PA Viktoria Tautz, a Hungarian student employed through an agencyCredit:Central News At 8.40am on August 29 2014, Joshua’s mother left for work as the boy was “happy and playing” after breakfast. A short time later, a neighbour heard Tautz crying out “help, help, help” and saw Joshua lying unresponsive on the hallway floor, the court heard.Paramedics arrived at around 9.11am. A distraught Tautz travelled with the child to hospital and was heard to say: “What am I going to tell his parents?”At 11:43am, Joshua had a CT scan at North Middlesex Hospital, which revealed he had a bleed on the brain and he was transferred to Great Ormond Street.A further CT scan and an MRI of the head and spine revealed severe swelling, bleeding in the brain and eyes as well as evidence of bruising to the spinal cord. After two months, his parents were allowed to take him home and at the time of his death he was crawling and beginning to pull himself up to stand.Tautz, who had attended courses in childcare and had provided a reference from a previous employer, was paid £3.60 an hour to look after Joshua between 8am and 5.30pm.She kept a diary of her time with the baby boy which showed she loved him and Joshua’s parents had no concerns about her, jurors were told. “The results were all in keeping with a very sick child, but did not provide an explanation for Joshua’s sudden collapse and his brain and spinal injuries,” said Ms Johnson.”The doctors explained that Joshua had suffered a devastating and irrecoverable brain injury from which he would not survive.”
Detectives have made “immense” progress in the investigation into the Manchester bombing and are confident they have arrested some “key players”, Britain’s top counter-terror officer has said.Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said police have made “significant” arrests and “finds” and have got hold of a “large part of the network” being sought over the atrocity.Mr Rowley said: “They are very significant, these arrests.”We are very happy we’ve got our hands around some of the key players that we are concerned about but there’s still a little bit more to do.” A relative of the 22-year-old said he had felt increasing frustration at his treatment in the UK, heightened after a friend was fatally knifed in what he perceived to be a religious hate crime.She added that the British-born bomber began referring to others in the country as “infidels” who were “unjust to Arabs”.Libyan authorities, who are questioning Abedi’s parents and siblings, claimed he made a final phone call to his mother on the eve of the attack, in which he said: “Forgive me.”Music fans were targeted at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in the worst terrorist attack on British soil since the July 7 bombing in London in 2005.As Abedi’s route to mass murder continued to be probed:Downing Street announced the Government’s emergency Cobra committee will meet in Whitehall on Friday morning to discuss the latest developments, chaired by the Home Secretary.Officers also carried out searches at properties in Manchester, Wigan and Nuneaton. A bomb disposal unit returned to the Wigan address on Thursday night so experts could examine “potentially suspicious items”.British investigative efforts remained focused on smashing the potential terror ring which may have assisted Abedi, despite the belief of Libyan authorities that he acted alone.Twenty-three people remained in critical care across eight hospitals. They included five children at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.British Transport Police announced that specialist firearms officers are to patrol on trains nationwide for the first time.NHS England warned health organisations to “ensure care is in place should it be needed” as Britain remained on high alert in the run-up to the bank holiday weekend.A man and a woman arrested as part of the probe were released without charge.At the Nato summit in Brussels, Theresa May confronted Donald Trump with her concerns about security lapses which allowed crucial evidence to be handed to US journalists by his officials.He vowed to investigate, calling the leaks “deeply troubling” and warning the sources of the security lapse could be prosecuted. In St Ann’s Square, boxer Khan said: “I just wanted to come here and show my respects.”Obviously it’s a very sad time for Manchester. I have to say, the people of Manchester are very brave and we all have to stick together and get through things like this.”I believe in the people of Manchester, they’re very strong and we just have to all stick together.”I’ve come here to show my respects and I can’t believe the amount of people I have met here who are here for the same reason as me, showing their respects and laying flowers down.” Jeremy Corbyn delivers his speech on Friday morningCredit:Jonathan Brady/PA We stand with the UK. We know this kind of attacks. We will do everything we can to increase cooperation against terrorism. @theresa_may pic.twitter.com/gfeTmisK9Q— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 26, 2017 It is now believed that Salman Abedi built the bomb himselfCredit:AP 4:32PMMassive security review for Bank Holiday weekend Meanwhile, with the General Election campaign resuming, Jeremy Corbyn’s suggestion that Britain’s involvement in military action abroad is linked to the Manchester attack has been condemned as “twisted reasoning” by the Security Minister. Meanwhile, it is has emerged that police fear the Manchester bomber might have built a second device that is now in the hands of fellow jihadists.Officers who raided the home of Salman Abedi discovered a working bomb factory with a huge stash of explosive chemicals and other components.Security sources now believe that Abedi assembled the bomb himself after learning his trade in Libya.But the amount of material in his home has led to fears that he could have built more than one device and and distributed them to other British-based extremists. 10:45AMMore details of those arrested released by police 3:07PM#ForManchester posters at Manchester Central Park Mosque 1:51PMGreat City Games and Great Manchester run to go ahead despite terror threat Hundreds of tourists have watched the Changing of the Guard ceremonies at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.The popular events were cancelled on Wednesday in the wake of the Manchester attack to allow police officers, who would have been controlling road closures, to be re-deployed.But a Ministry of Defence spokeswoman said the colourful spectacles, that attract large crowds to the Queen’s official London home and her Berkshire castle, would go ahead as scheduled.In bright summer sunshine, visitors to the capital watched as F Company the Scots Guards marched to replace the Buckingham Palace old guard of the Queen’s Colour Squadron, RAF. After yesterday’s transatlantic row over Manchester security leaks in America, US secretary of state Rex Tillerson is making his first official visit to the UK today for talks with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson from 11am.The Foreign Office said the visit was “an expression of UK-US solidarity” following the terrorist attack in ManchesterThe pair will write messages of condolence for the victims and hold talks on a range of foreign policy issues.However, the visit will be seen as an attempt to repair the rift that opened up over the intelligence leaks. Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the fallout for the Manchester Arena bombing.We’ve been hearing overnight that counter-terror police have carried out new raids in connection with the attack, searching addresses in Manchester and Merseyside.One man was arrested in the Moss Side area of Manchester in the early hours of Friday morning and detectives searched a property in St Helens.Eight men are in custody in connection with Monday’s atrocity, with police and security agencies working at pace amid fears of further attacks. Meanwhile, with the General Election campaign due to resume on Friday, Jeremy Corbyn has signalled his intention to bring the issue of terrorism into the political arena.The Labour leader is expected to make a veiled attack on the Conservatives for underfunding the police service at a time of heightened threat, while linking Britain’s overseas military campaigns with terrorism at home.On Thursday, UK police resumed “working closely” with US authorities on the probe after a tense showdown between the allies over leaked intelligence.With Britain on critical alert, a huge operation is under way to dismantle a suspected “network” linked to suicide Abedi, who killed 22 people – seven of them under 18. 5:14PM’A lot of the risk contained, but still some uncertainty’ Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley discloses that police have reviewed security at more than 1,300 events around the country ahead of the bank holiday weekend.But he issued a message of reassurance to the public.”Go out as you planned. Enjoy yourselves and be reassured by the greater policing presence you will see.”We can’t let the terrorists win by dissuading us from going about our normal business.” Speaking after chairing a meeting of the Government’s emergency Cobra committee, Home Secretary Amber Rudd disclosed that the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has assessed that the terror threat level should remain at critical while the “live” police operation continues.The rating was raised to critical, the highest level, for the first time in a decade in the wake of the Manchester outrage. It indicates that an attack may be imminent. The “I Love MCR” signs have been popping up at sites across Manchester. Here they are seen adorning a pillar as worshippers attend Friday Prayers at Manchester Central Park Mosque. Armed officers on board a Virgin train as British Transport Police with weapons begin patrolling the railway networkCredit: Yui Mok/PA West Indian-born Byron Gibbs, 79, who has run Gibbs Hardware for the past 33 years, said that the shop next door had opened about 12 months ago.He said a number of men appeared to work there but had never come into his shop to buy anything.He said: “I never go there to talk to them, I don’t have my hair cut there. Everyone round here has noticed that the shop has not opened since Monday and they usually open every day, including Sundays.”Mr Gibbs said he had recognised the face of suicide bomber Abedi from the television. 12-volt battery that was a possible power source of the Manchester bomb 2:52PMTwenty-three Manchester victims remain critically ill The Foreign Secretary was pictured killing time for the US Secretary of StateCredit:ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP Police officers tie up cordon tape outside the barber’s shopCredit:DARREN STAPLES/Reuters Flowers for the victims of Monday’s bombing at St Ann’s Square in central ManchesterCredit:Emilio Morenatti/Ap A detective removes items from a barbers shop in Moss SideCredit:Christopher Furlong/Getty A spike in hate crime has hit Manchester in the wake of Monday’s suicide bombing, Greater Manchester Police say.A total of 56 hate crimes were recorded by the force on Wednesday, a significant rise on the 28 reported on Monday.Chief constable Ian Hopkins said: “Whilst we can’t directly link this to the events of Monday night, we are continuing to monitor the situation and support our communities.””Manchester has come together this week, the public has seen that, they have seen that compassion.”But it is important that we continue to stand together here, in Greater Manchester.”Particularly standing together against some of the hateful views that we have seen from a very small minority of the community that have no place here in Greater Manchester.”He added: “I have sent a personal message out to all the faith leaders and places of worship today and have thanked them for the support they have shown and stressed that hate crime will not be tolerated.” Najma Khalid came to lay flowers with members of the Women’s Chai Project.She said: “We just want to stand together and tell Manchester we love them and we are praying for the victims. This is not going to divide us. Life carries on and we’re standing united.” A police cordon is in place around the Fade Away barbershop in Princess Road, Moss Side, after a police raid early today.The shutters were down on the shop but part of it appeared to have been smashed open to gain access to the front door. A cordon was then placed around the building at 6am, which stretches to an adjoining chemist, cafe and upstairs flats.A marked police van is parked outside the store next to a bus stop with a number of officers guarding the cordon. People stand next to flowers for the victims of Monday’s bombing at St Ann’s SquareCredit:Emilio Morenatti/AP St HelensGreater Manchester Police said officers have been carrying out searches at an address in the St Helens area of Merseyside this morning.A spokesman said: “These searches are connected to Monday’s attack on the Manchester Arena, but this is a fast moving investigation and we are keeping an open mind at this stage.”Moss SideOfficers are also searching an address at a property in Moss Side in connection with the attack on the Manchester Arena on Monday.The search is being carried out at a separate property to the address where a man was arrested earlier this morning.A police spokesman said: “As it stands ten people in total have been arrested in connection with the investigation, of which a man and a woman have since been released without charge. Eight men remain in custody for questioning.” 7:17AMRecap: Everything you need to know on Friday morning 2:41PMAmir Khan leaves floral tributes to Manchester victims Remnants of a backpack used to carry the Manchester bomb Tourists watch the Changing the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace on FridayCredit:John Stillwell/PA A police officer is reflected in the window of a barber’s shop in Moss Side as plain clothes officers search insideCredit:DARREN STAPLES/Reuters 1:20PMTillerson: The special relationship will withstand Manchester leaks Boris Johnson is left scratching his head as he waits for Rex TillersonCredit:ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP It comes amid fears the attacker might have built a second device that is now in the hands of fellow jihadists.Security sources now believe he assembled the bomb himself after learning his trade in Libya. But the amount of material in his home has led to fears that he could have built more than one device and and distributed them to other British-based extremists.A security source told the Telegraph: “The worry is there was enough to build two or three bombs and we can’t rule that out.” Danielle Anderson, 36, who came to lay flowers with sister Simone Anderson, 32, said the city seemed busier on Friday than it was earlier in the week.She said: “We came to town yesterday and it was the weirdest atmosphere, nobody was talking, everybody looked sad and everybody was quiet. It didn’t feel right.”Today it does feel different, it’s a lot busier. Yesterday, you could hear a pin drop.” 9:14AMJeremy Corbyn condemned over ‘crass’ speech linking UK military action to terrorism 11:08AMMore armed police at Wembley and Twickenham this weekend The 22 Manchester attack victims – including seven children Hopkins hosted a weekly show every Sunday on the station. He said: “I have seen him a few times just walking past in the street. I don’t know if he used this barbershop or he is involved with anyone there.”We’re all shocked around here about what happened on Monday and how close we are to all this. You don’t know who these people are.”Earlier, Greater Manchester Police said they were searching a property in Moss Side in connection with Monday’s attack and had also arrested a man in the area.A spokesman said: “The search is being carried out at a separate property to the address where a man was arrested earlier this morning.” Amber Rudd failed to convince audience member that 20,000 fewer police has no bearing on terrorism #BBCQT #GE2017 pic.twitter.com/M7yVOlgp6R— Scott Nelson (@SocialistVoice) May 25, 2017 Boris Johnson and Rex Tillerson attend a joint press conferenceCredit:ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP 7:46AMWhere the new searches are taking place 12:46PMIsil calls for more attacks on West at start of Ramadan Liam Gallagher has announced his first ever solo gig in Manchester – with all profits to be donated to the families of the terror attack victims.The former Oasis singer announced the string of solo shows on his Twitter account, with tickets available from 9am on Friday morning. 9:34AMLiam Gallagher announces first ever solo gig to raise funds for Manchester attack appeal Morning – on way to Manchester to pay my respects to the Victims of Manchester 🙏❤️— Amir Khan (@amirkingkhan) May 26, 2017 12:30PMTerror threat level to remain at critical amid ‘live’ police operation The owner of a shop next door to a barbershop raided by armed police overnight in Moss Side said the premises involved has not opened since Monday’s suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena.It is understood that an armed response unit arrived at the Fade Away shop in Princess Road in the early hours of Friday and that the shutter to the barbershop was cut open at about 5.15am to gain access to the front door.A cordon was then placed around the building at 6am and stretched to an adjoining chemist, cafe and upstairs flats. The cordon was lifted at 10.40am.A marked police van is parked outside the store next to a bus stop with a number of uniformed officers guarding the cordon. 11:52AM Jeremy Corbyn: It’s not unpatriotic to question British foreign wars after Manchester attack Jeremy Corbyn has denied he is being unpatriotic by claiming that the deployment of British troops overseas is linked to the suicide bombing of a pop concert in Manchester, reports Christopher Hope and Laura Hughes. Ben Wallace, the Security MinisterCredit:JULIAN SIMMONDS for The Telegraph The Labour leader said in a speech this morning:“We cannot carry on as though nothing happened in Manchester this week. “So, let the quality of our debate, over the next fortnight, be worthy of the country we are proud to defend. “Let’s have our arguments without impugning anyone’s patriotism and without diluting the unity with which we stand against terror.” Mr Corbyn also said that as Prime Minister he would only deploy British troops in the world’s trouble sports when he knows that the outcome will “deliver lasting peace”.Click here for more details. An Islamist jihadist then stabbed a police officer and his wife in a Paris suburb in front of their son. The killer explicitly claimed in a live broadcast of the murder that he was responding to Adnani’s call.Later that month, three Isil suicide bombers opened fire then blew themselves up at Istanbul’s main airport, killing 45 and wounding more than 250.The final global body count after the month-long rampage was 421 dead and 729 wounded.Hitting multiple targets in many different countries is designed to send the message that no person on earth is safe or can be protected from terrorism. Here’s Boris Johnson meeting US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson a few moments ago.The pair are holding talks after a tense showdown between the US and British authorities over leaked Manchester intelligence.After Theresa May warned the transatlantic row risked hampering the “special relationship” between the UK and America, it was announced Mr Tillerson would make his first official trip to Britain. Friday Prayers at Manchester Central Park MosqueCredit:OLI SCARFF/AFP 9:36AM’We stand with the UK’: Emmanuel Macron offers support to Theresa May European security services are bracing for more attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan beginning tomorrow, after Islamic State called on its followers to rise up in an “all-out war” on “infidels” in the West, reports Middle East Correspondent Josie Ensor in Beirut.Saturday marks the start of a 30-day period of fasting and reflection in the Islamic world, which has in recent years seen a large uptick in Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) terror attacks.“Muslim brothers in Europe who can’t reach the Islamic State lands, attack them in their homes, their markets, their roads and their forums,” the jihadist group said in a message entitled Where are the lions of war? and published on YouTube.Defending themselves after the suicide attack on Manchester Arena, which left 22 mostly children and teenagers dead, the group said: “Do not despise the work. Your targeting of the so-called innocents and civilians is beloved by us and the most effective, so go forth and may you get a great reward or martyrdom in Ramadan.”Last year, Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the late Isil spokesman, issued a call to arms to followers to carry out lone wolf attacks during the holy month. It was the bloodiest Ramadan month on record.Isil took credit for a lone jihadist gunman, an Afghan American who perpetrated America’s deadliest mass shooting in history and worst terrorism on US soil since 9/11 during early morning hours of June 12 at an Orlando gay nightclub, killing 49 and wounding 53. British police have resumed “working closely” with US authorities on the probe after a tense showdown between the allies over leaked intelligence.After Theresa May warned the transatlantic row risked hampering the “special relationship” between the UK and America, US Secretary of State is making his first official trip to Britain today.With Britain on critical alert, stay with us for the latest updates today amid the huge operation to dismantle a suspected “network” linked to Abedi. ‘Large part of network’ linked to bombing held, police sayFresh raids on Manchester barbershop and takeawayPolice reveal eight men as young as 18 held in custodyIsil calls on followers to rise up in ‘war’ on infidels in WestOfficers fear bomber could have distributed other devicesCorbyn speech linking UK wars to attack declared ‘crass’Rex Tillerson visits UK for talks after security leaks angerSalman Abedi: Who is uni dropout who turned to terror?The victims: Seven children among 22 people killedEverything we know about attack at Ariana Grande gig With two big sporting events tomorrow, sports fans can expect to see more armed police on patrol.The Metropolitan Police said extra officers will be on duty for the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday and the Premiership Rugby Final at Twickenham. Possible detonator of Manchester bomb in a picture released as part of US leaks Boris Johnson greets US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson outside Carlton Gardens in London on Friday morningCredit:ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP Fresh raids were carried earlier today as security services brace for more attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan beginning tomorrow. Enhanced policing and security will also be in place for Saturday’s Scottish Cup Final at Hampden Park in Glasgow.Police Scotland are asking ticket holders for the match between Celtic and Aberdeen to arrive early to allow for checks, and to not take bags into the stadium.Superintendent Mark Hargreaves, match commander for the event, said: “Whilst I understand that some people may be inconvenienced by the increased security, public safety is our priority and I am sure everyone in Scotland will co-operate with us and support this.”There is no specific threat against Scotland, or the Scottish Cup Final; however, people should remain calm but vigilant and report anything suspicious to police.” Tourists gather for the Changing the Guard ceremonyCredit:John Stillwell/PA 11:05AMBarbershop raided by police ‘has not opened since Arena bombing’ Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I’m sitting here in Manchester, a place where 21 years ago the IRA detonated a bomb that injured 212 people.“That was the last terrorist act in Manchester. They are all terrorists. We have to be unequivocal that no amount of excuses, no amount of twisted reasoning about a foreign policy here or a foreign policy there can be an excuse.“The reality is these people hate our values. You only have to look at their propaganda to realise.” 9:00AMPictures: Police raid barbershop after smashing open shutters Jeremy Corbyn’s suggestion that Britain’s involvement in military action abroad is linked to terror attacks like the Manchester suicide bomb has been condemned as “twisted reasoning” by the Government’s Security Minister.Mr Corbyn will deliver a speech in London this morning in which he will point to “the connections between wars the Government has supported or fought in other countries and terrorism here at home”.But Ben Wallace said the timing of Mr Corbyn’s speech is “appalling” and “crass” as he rejected the idea that there is a link between UK foreign policy and terror. At last! The pair shake hands outside Carlton GardensCredit:ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP At a bilateral meeting with new French President, Mrs May thanked him for the solidarity shown by the French following the Manchester attack.”Of course France itself knows what it is like to suffer from terrorist attacks. And these incidents show us why it is so important for us to work together in defeating terrorism,” she said. 5:37PMRise in local hate crime since attack LBC and Katie Hopkins have agreed that Katie will leave LBC effective immediately.— LBC (@LBC) May 26, 2017 Greater Manchester Police have provided the first full breakdown of the arrests made in the huge investigation to establish whether there was a “network” behind Salman Abedi’s suicide attack.Counter-terror detectives have revealed eight suspects aged between 18 and 38 are in custody in connection with the Manchester bombing.In total 10 individuals were detained between Tuesday and Friday. All were held “on suspicion of offences contrary to the Terrorism Act”.A 16-year-old boy arrested in Withington on Thursday and a 34-year-old woman arrested In Blackley on Wednesday have been released without charge. There are road closures in place ahead of the @Great_Run on Sunday. Check our travel advice & plan ahead: https://t.co/eCXm4cskMs pic.twitter.com/X0QGnBD3mm— TfGM (@OfficialTfGM) May 26, 2017 9:58AM’The time for rhetoric is over’: BBC’s Andrew Neil demands action Meanwhile, Merseyside Police said a search of a property – believed to be leased to a pizza takeaway – in St Helens is complete.A spokesman said: “This phase of the operation is still in its infancy. There is currently no specific threat to Merseyside.” Superintendent Louise Harrison said:”I understand that this kind of activity can cause concern for people living in nearby communities and would like to thank them for their understanding and patience. “As a result of today’s operation, Merseyside Police is working very closely with community groups, community leaders, partner agencies and individuals to make sure concerns are addressed and that we provide the best possible service to local people. “Over the coming days and weeks we will be continuing to work with our local communities to address any concerns they may have. We always need the public’s help to defeat terrorism by being extra vigilant and letting us know of any suspicious behaviour or activity.”“Terrorists want to create discord in our communities, but Merseyside has a long history of our communities living and working together. This is a time for us all to work closely together and unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to divide us. “Public safety is the paramount concern for the police and will continue to be our top priority and we have a duty to act and protect the public. We cannot be complacent and cannot take chances in situations such as this and police and the security services must act on information received.” The developments followed a fraught day in which Greater Manchester Police severed intelligence-sharing ties with the US due to evidence being repeatedly passed to journalists without permission.”While we do not usually comment on information-sharing arrangements with international law enforcement organisations, we want to emphasise that, having received fresh assurances, we are now working closely with our key partners around the world including all those in the Five Eyes intelligence alliance,” Mr Rowley said.Abedi, who was known to security services for his radical views, was said to have been in close contact with family members moments before slaughtering concert-goers on Monday. But, as these pictures show, he kept Mr Johnson waiting… Salman Abedi, pictured left putting his bins out and right in CCTV footage shortly before the attack, is now thought to have assembled the bomb himself after learning his trade in Libya Manchester Arena bomber Salman Abedi 11:37AMRex Tillerson meets Boris Johnson… after keeping him waiting Tickets on sale fill your boots https://t.co/4oUcxr4p6e LG x— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) May 26, 2017 The money raised from the Manchester show, at the O2 Ritz on May 30, will be donated to the Manchester Evening News’ British Red Cross appeal, which was set up to help relatives of those affected by the tragedy.Speaking to the paper about his decision, he said: “I just knew I had to. I’m not in it for the money. The gig was going to happen anyway and we all have to do what we can. I want to try and help pick people up. People like me, doing what we do, it’s our duty to give people a good time.”Click here for more details. The spokeswoman said a rehearsal for Trooping the Colour – also known as the Queen’s Birthday Parade – which was due to be held today had been moved to next Wednesday.She said: “This decision has been taken by General Officer Commanding London District as preparations were ahead of schedule.”We take these rehearsals for Queen’s Birthday Parade very seriously to ensure we are able to equal and even exceed the standards of excellence expected for this important and high-profile annual event.”In January, it was confirmed Changing the Guard was switching to fixed days in the autumn and winter after security was stepped up in the wake of the Berlin terror attack. Speaking on his first official visit to the UK, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the US took “full responsibility” for and “regrets” the leaking of information from the Manchester bombing.A row erupted between the US and British authorities after a host of sensitive information, including photographs from the scene of the attack, was leaked to American news outlets in the wake of Monday’s attack.Mr Tillerson said: “This special relationship that exists between our two countries will certainly withstand this particular unfortunate event.” Islamic State has called on its followers to rise up in an “all-out war” on “infidels” in the West. Saturday marks the start of a 30-day period of fasting and reflection in the Islamic world, which has in recent years seen a large increase in terror attacks.As detectives revealed the youngest man in custody over the Manchester attack is 18, early-hours searches were on Friday launched at a Manchester barbershop and a takeaway on Merseyside.Officers who earlier raided terrorist Salman Abedi’s home discovered a working bomb factory with a huge stash of explosive chemicals and other components. 2:25PMChanging of the Guard attracts crowds again after it is halted due to Manchester bombing France will to “do everything we can” to help Britain fight terror, President Emmanuel Macron has told Theresa May as he met her at the G7 summit this morning. A former independent terror watchdog has said it was a “grave mistake” to abolish control orders to monitor terrorism suspects.Lord Carlile said the sweeping powers “may have saved dozens of lives” between 2005 and 2011.The independent peer and top QC also urged Theresa May to use their replacements “to their full effect now”, with just a handful of people currently subject to terrorism prevention and investigation measures (TPIMs).Control orders restricted the freedom of terrorism suspects and could be used to force people to move or restrict their use of phones and computers.But they were abolished by the coalition government in 2012 amid concerns over their impact on civil liberties. Lord Carlile told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme:”In my view control orders worked very well in the period between 2005 and 2011. Although they were criticised for breaching civil liberties, in fact they were upheld by the courts, every control order was subject to automatic review by senior judges.”Fifty-three people were placed on control orders, 23 of them with relocation requirements and restrictions on their use of the internet and so on.”I believe that may have saved dozens of lives and my view is that it was a grave mistake by the coalition government to remove control orders and to produce something more dilute. I do wish at least that TPIMs would be used to their full effect now.”TPIMs place restrictions on those suspected of being involved in terrorism, but where there is not enough evidence to charge or deport them.Just seven people are subject to TPIMs at the moment, Lord Carlile said, adding that they were “better than nothing”.Lord Carlile was previously a Liberal Democrat peer but quit the party given its stance on security issues. A police officer outside a barber’s shop in Moss Side that was raided by officers in ManchesterCredit:DARREN STAPLES/Reuters Chief Superintendent Jon Williams, from the Metropolitan Police, said:”We are working closely with both the Football Association (FA) and Wembley to ensure this weekend’s iconic football matches pass off without incident. “Together we have a long history of delivering safe and secure major sporting events. The focus is the safety and security of fans. “Anyone coming to the FA Cup Final or the other play off matches over the weekend will see an increase in police numbers in and around the stadium.“This will include extra armed officers on foot patrol around the environs of the Stadium, and the deployment of police armoured vehicles to support road closures.“At Twickenham rugby fans will see more armed officers on foot around the stadium.“If you have a ticket for any of the matches please help us out. Arrive earlier as there will be additional security and entry searches which may take a bit longer than fans are used to.“Our operations will include a range of highly visible but also covert and discrete tactics and this will run far beyond the final whistle and away from specific stadia. This will also apply right throughout the transport network.” Assistant Commissioner Rowley outlined a number of strands of the investigation into the attack:Finances – Officers are mounting a large-scale financial investigation, with Mr Rowley saying: “We are interested in equipment people have bought bearing in mind a bomb was constructed.” Communications – Police are looking back at communications and working closely with technology firms. Exhibits – Investigators have seized large volumes of material during searches of a number of properties and expect to amass hundreds of electronic devices.CCTV – Police are trawling through footage on local cameras to establish movements and patterns of activity in the lead up to the attack. Witnesses – Officers are working to “triage” hundreds of statements from those caught up in the bombing. International inquiries – Detectives are probing links to Libya as well as liaising with counterparts across Europe and elsewhere. Andrew Neil’s done it again. After stirring speeches following the Westminster and Paris attacks, Andrew Neil’s monologue on This Week concerning the Manchester terror attack has been praised online.The BBC presenter called for a “national conversation”, saying that the “time for rhetoric is over” in his latest, stirring monologue. NHS England have given an update on the condition of those injured in the Manchester attack.A total of 66 people are now being treated across eight hospitals, including 23 patients in critical care, after Monday’s attack. In the years leading up to Monday’s attack, it was said Abedi was known to security services, but his risk to the public remained “subject to review” and MI5 considered him a “former subject of interest”, a Whitehall source said.Police hunting the “network” behind his attack said they had made “significant” arrests and seized “very important” items in raids.Emergency services on the night and aftermath of the Manchester attack were criticised by the widower of one victim, who accused them of leaving families in the dark.Steve Howe, whose wife Alison, 45, died as she was waiting to collect their daughter from the concert, told Channel 4 News: “I gave them all the details, all the information from security in the arena, no-one has rang us… I was so frustrated.” 10:18AMKatie Hopkins to leave LBC after calling for ‘final solution’ over Manchester attack 8:13AMWhat do we know about the bomb used in the Manchester attack Scene of the Pulse nightclub attack in OrlandoCredit:Phelan M. Ebenhack/AP Manchester is hosting the Great City Games and Great Manchester run this weekend, putting pressure on the local police force.Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “There are no military personnel patrolling Manchester but we are therefore able to receive additional armed policing support because of this plan.”We are using this to help in our efforts enable the Manchester Games and Manchester 10k to go ahead.”We are working with event organisers and Manchester City Council to review and enhance our safety and security.”The athletics event will go ahead as planned on Friday afternoon and evening. Events start from 4.45pm and run until 7.20pm. 9:06AMEnd of control orders to monitor terror suspects a ‘grave mistake’ Cameras aloft, tourists crowd around The MallCredit:John Stillwell/PA 5:16PMSix elements in investigation 10:27AMEight suspects held in Manchester bomb probe as young as 18 Here’s more from our Crime Correspondent Martin Evans on what we know about the bomb used by Salman Abedi – and the fears of a second device:Abedi arrived back in Manchester from Libya on Thursday, travelling via Istanbul and Dusseldorf. The following day he visited the Arndale shopping centre in Manchester, where he was caught on CCTV buying a Karrimor rucksack.It is believed he then spent the weekend putting together the main components of the device, including the detonator.On Monday he then travelled the three miles from his home in Elsmore Road in the Fallowfield district to a rented apartment in Granby Row on the edge of Manchester’s Gay Village.The building was raided by special forces at lunchtime on Wednesdayand specialist forensics teams and bomb squad operatives were still at the building on Thursday.Sources believe Abedi may have used the £75 a night apartment to put all the components of the device together, before heading off late on Monday evening to make his way to the Manchester Arena where he killed 22 people.The use of two addresses to assemble the device was a tactic used by the 7/7 bombers who also spent months learning how to build a bomb at a training camp in Pakistan.Former Metropolitan Police officer, David Videcette, who helped investigate the tube bombings said it was likely Abedi had spent many months abroad practising how to assemble a device before returning to the UK.He said: “This is not something you can just put together by reading a book or watching a YouTube video. He will have spent time at a camp somewhere, possibly in Libya, being shown how to do it. “But once you have the skills and the materials, assembling the device itself can be done fairly quickly.”Click here for more. Latest update pic.twitter.com/cQ7F69tVRX— G M Police (@gmpolice) May 26, 2017 Police raided a house in the Withington area Credit:David Rose for The Telegraph 1:56PMExtra police at Scottish Cup Final in Glasgow Katie Hopkins, the controversial broadcaster, and LBC “have agreed” that she will leave the radio station “immediately”.They have parted company in the same week that she called for a “final solution” following the Manchester attack. 8:00AMRex Tillerson visiting UK in bid to repair intelligence rift More from Assistant Commissioner Rowley:”Having made enormous progress and made some significant arrests and had some significant finds, there still remain important lines of inquiry for us to pursue.”We’ve got to try to understand everything we can about the dead terrorist, his associates.”We need to understand the whole network and how they acquired and built the bomb that exploded on Monday night.”It’s going to take a little more time to close down those gaps in our understanding.”We are working as fast as we can do because everyone wants answers to this.””We’ve got a lot of the risk contained but we still have some uncertainty.”As we chase down those lines of inquiry we will keep this strong policing presence.”We need to grow our confidence that we have got every component of the network and we have got as full an understanding as possible about how the device was constructed and whether there’s any remaining risk.”Clearly we haven’t covered all the territory we want to but we have covered a large part of it.”Our confidence has been increasing over recent days but there’s still more to do to get to the degree of confidence we want.” Mark Rowley, the UK’s most senior counter-terrorism officer, confirmed British chiefs had “received fresh assurances” from their overseas counterparts that they could be trusted with confidential material.Home Secretary Amber Rudd said she expected the “critical” assessment of the terror threat – suggesting a fresh attack may be imminent – to remain in place in the coming days.Ms Rudd told BBC1’s Question Time: “During this period of ‘critical’, which we hope will only last for a few days – it could be longer, it will depend on the operation – we’ve pulled out additional support from the Army so we can go about our normal life.” Police today revealed that the eight men in custody “on suspicion of offences contrary to the Terrorism Act” in connection with Monday’s atrocity, which killed 22 people – including seven children – are aged between 18 and 38. The half marathon and 10km events will take place in Manchester city centre on Sunday 28 May. Amir Khan, the boxer, is among those who travelled to Manchester today to leave floral tributes to the victims under the watch of armed police officers.Manchester Cathedral, within the cordon since Monday evening, reopened on Thursday and is offering visitors the chance to sign a book of condolence and light a candle in memory of those who died.
A Scottish teenager severely injured in the Manchester Arena terror attack has been transferred to a hospital in Glasgow as her recovery continues.Laura MacIntyre’s parents said 15-year-old is making “good progress” after suffering serious hand and leg injuries in the blast on May 22, in which 22 people were murdered by a suicide bomber.Laura, from Barra in the Outer Hebrides, was at the Ariana Grande concert with friend Eilidh MacLeod. It was later confirmed Eilidh was among the dead while Laura was found in hospital.The Castlebay Community School pupils were reported missing after they failed to get in touch with family following the explosion. Laura MacIntyre (left) with her friend Eilidh MacLeod (right), who died in the attack Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Michael and Nan MacIntyre said their daughter is now one step closer to home and they thanked people in Manchester for their help, particularly a man who stayed with Laura in the aftermath of the bombing.In a statement, they said: “The kindness and care started from the first moments after the bombing when a young travel safe officer held Laura’s hand and comforted her for an hour while she waited for treatment.”We believe he helped save Laura’s life that night and he will always be a hero to our family. Since then, he has been to visit Laura in hospital and it was a privilege to meet him and thank him in person.” Among the other people they thanked were medical staff at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Greater Manchester Police, Police Scotland and airline workers.They continued: “Laura continues to make good progress in her recovery but it will be a long process. Her hand and leg injuries are significant but we are glad that she has been able to move to Glasgow.”She is now one step closer to eventually returning home to Barra, from where we have received enormous love and support.”
The study found that US children spend an average of 3.6 hours a day engaged in recreational screen time. The research controlled for household income, parental and child education, ethnicity, pubertal development, body mass index and whether the child had had a traumatic brain injury.In the study, families were given questionnaires to see how many children aged 8 to 11 get nine to 11 hours sleep, less than two hours recreational screen time, and at least an hour’s exercise daily.The study found 29 per cent of children achieved none of the three recommendations, while 41 per cent met just one, 25 per cent met two and just five per cent met all three.Just over half of the children met the sleep recommendation, while round one third met the screen time recommendation, and 18 per cent met the physical activity recommendation.While achieving all three was associated with the best performance in the tests, when individual factors were examined levels of physical activity made little difference, with the strongest association linked to screen time.Protect yourself and your family. Find out more about our Duty of Care campaign to regulate social media Each minute spent on screens necessarily displaces a minute from sleep or cognitively challenging activitiesDr Eduardo Esteban Bustamante, University of Illinois Children who spend more than two hours a day looking at a screen have worse memory, language skills and attention span, a landmark study has found.The research, which involved children aged between eight and 11 found that those with higher amounts of recreational screen time on smart phones and playing video games had far worse cognitive skills across a range of functions. The research, published by the Lancet Child and Adolescent Health, tracked the daily habits of 4,500 children who were then asked to carry out detailed cognition tests.The study found that more than two hours a day of recreational screen time was associated with worse working memory, processing speed, attention levels, language skills and executive function.The study of US children, led by the University of Ottawa, questioned thousands of parents and children on their daily habits – including time spent sleeping, using smartphones and other devices, and levels of physical activity. Overall cognition skills were best among the one in 20 children who got between nine to 11 hours sleep, less than two hours recreational screen time, and at least an hour’s exercise daily. These children did around five per cent better in the tests than the average child. Significantly, the study isolated screen time as the likely key factor. Children who were glued to their screens for less than two hours a day saw performance around four per cent better than the average among their group, regardless of other habits. The findings are likely to be considered by Dame Sally Davies, the country’s chief medical officer, who is undertaking a review of the impact of technology on children’s health, and whether to set guidance on healthy screen time. Until now, experts have argued about a lack of clear evidence about the impact of screen time.It comes as the Telegraph’s campaign calling for a statutory duty of care on all social media and online gaming companies, opening them up to legal action when standards are breached. Dr Walsh said more research was needed to examine the potential impact of different online activities.In the meantime he urged parents and health officials to consider two hours recreational time online as the maximum daily limit.“We found that more than two hours of recreational screen time in children was associated with poorer cognitive development. More research into the links between screen time and cognition is now needed, including studying the effect of different types of screen time, whether content is educational or entertainment, and whether it requires focus or involves multitasking.“Based on our findings, paediatricians, parents, educators, and policymakers should promote limiting recreational screen time and prioritising healthy sleep routines throughout childhood and adolescence,” he said.Writing in a linked Comment, Dr Eduardo Esteban Bustamante, from the University of Illinois, USA, said the findings suggest that too much screen time could mean children’s brains had too little time to recover from the strain of each day. “Each minute spent on screens necessarily displaces a minute from sleep or cognitively challenging activities. In the case of evening screen use, this displacement may also be compounded by impairment of sleep quality,” he said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Lead researcher Dr Jeremy Walsh told the Telegraph: “These are landmark findings. We’ve set a clear two hour benchmark here and it shows clear cognitive benefit is associated with keeping within that limit. “I think parents should now be looking closely at screen time and this suggests it should be limited to two hours a day.”The findings are from an observational study- meaning it was not possible to prove that extra time on devices caused the weaker cognitive skills. But experts believe several factors- the impact of blue light on the brain, the online activity itself and the fact time spent on gadgets eats into time which might otherwise be spent exercising, sleeping or taking part in more social or mentally challenging tasks, could explain the links.