Windows 10’s Creators Update may nerf a workaround to mandatory updates

Windows 10 Home users may soon lose some of their already limited ability to prevent Microsoft from forcing automatic system updates on their PCs. While there’s no official way to prevent updates in Windows 10 Home, a workaround is to mark your Wi-Fi connection as metered. The Windows Insider Preview Build 15058 released on Tuesday reduces the effectiveness of that workaround, as WinSuperSite recently spotted. In build 15058, heading to Settings > Update and Security > Windows Update reveals the following note: “We’ll automatically download and install updates, except on metered connections (where…

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Unhealthy lifestyle may cause 17.6 million cancer-related deaths globally in 30 years – WHO

] The World Health Organisation (WHO) predicts that the world may record more than 17 million cancer-related deaths in the next 20 to 30 years if unhealthy lifestyle choices should continue. Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa, said in a statement released in Abuja on Saturday that African countries would be the most affected by the disease. “Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, with approximately 8.8 million cancer-related deaths in 2015. “Within the next 20-30 years, the global death rate due to cancer is expected to…

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Theresa May to unveil boost to vocational education system

Theresa May will move on Monday to reassure business leaders that they will not suffer skills shortages as a result of Brexit, when she places expansion of vocational education at the heart of a new proactive industrial strategy. Many businesses worry that the UK’s departure from the single market will not only damage their trade with Europe but will also make it more difficult to attract enough suitable workers. Before Christmas, the Institute of Directors called on May to address the issue of skills shortages before Brexit and, as a…

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Roll out of revised education system to begin in May

The new education system developed to replace the discredited 8-4-4 could finally be implemented in May on a pilot basis in lower primary schools, documents seen by the Sunday Nation reveal. The system, which places emphasis on continuous assessment tests (CATs) over one-off examinations, will then be rolled out in January next year covering nursery, Standard One, Two and Three. The revelation comes ahead of a major conference on the curriculum scheduled for January 30 that will discuss the proposed system and schedules. In 2019, the system is expected to…

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Brexit: UK to leave single market, says Theresa May

Theresa May has said the UK “cannot possibly” remain within the European single market, as staying in it would mean “not leaving the EU at all”. The PM promised to push for the “freest possible trade” with European countries and warned the EU that to try to “punish” the UK would be “an act of calamitous self-harm”. She also said Parliament would vote on the final deal that is agreed. Labour warned of “enormous dangers” in the prime minister’s plans. And the European Parliament’s lead negotiator said there could be…

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Electronic Health Records May Help Customize Medical Treatments

Chances are your doctor has stopped taking notes with pen and paper and moved to computer records. That is supposed to help coordinate your care. Increasingly, researchers are also exploring these computerized records for medical studies – and gleaning facts that help individual patients get better care. Computerized medical records are hardly new. Pioneers at one of the nation’s first HMO’s, Kaiser Permanente, were using electronic medical records as far back as the 1970s, and saw them as a big part of the future of medicine. “The part of it…

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Mental health care overhaul pledged by Theresa May

Plans to tackle the “hidden injustice” and stigma of mental illness have been revealed by Theresa May. Extra training for teachers, an extra £15m for community care, and online self-checks were among measures announced by the PM on Monday. Mental health experts said more funding was needed to improve services. Mrs May’s speech comes as she outlined her plans to use the state to create a “shared society”. She promised to “transform” attitudes to mental health problems as part of an event at the Charity Commission. Young women ‘highest mental…

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Squid may become favourite UK meal as seas become warmer

The traditional British fish supper could be replaced by the likes of squid as the waters around the UK’s shores grow warmer, say government scientists. Squid and fish that thrive in warmer waters, such as sardines and anchovies, are flourishing around the North Sea, according to fisheries data. Squid are now being caught at 60% of survey stations in the North Sea, compared with 20% in the 1980s. But the likes of cod are heading north, away from British waters. Dr John Pinnegar, of the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and…

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‘Sedentary lifestyle may lead to lower grades in boys’

Parents, take note! A sedentary lifestyle may impair your child’s reading skills and academic performance, a new study has warned. In the study, a sedentary lifestyle was linked to poorer reading skills in the first three school years in six to eight year old boys. The study conducted at the University of Eastern Finland investigated the longitudinal associations of physical activity and sedentary time with reading and arithmetic skills in 153 children aged six to eight years old in Grades 1-3 of the primary school. Physical activity and sedentary time…

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Sedentary lifestyle may impair academic performance in boys

A sedentary lifestyle is linked to poorer reading skills in the first three school years in 6-8 year old boys, according to a new study from Finland. The study conducted at the University of Eastern Finland in collaboration with the University of Jyväskylä and the University of Cambridge was recently published in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport. “Low levels of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and high levels of sedentary time in Grade 1 were related to better reading skills in Grades 1-3 among boys. We also observed that…

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