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British envoy Sparkes leaving Nepal

Gorkha Post

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KATHMANDU —

British Ambassador Andrew James Sparkes called on Foreign Minister Mahendra Bahadur Pandey and informed about the finishing of his task in Nepal next month.

Foreign Secretary Shanker Das Bairagi was also present amid the meeting, according to a statement issued by British Embassay.

Sparkes has taken a personal decision to leave the British Foreign Service following thirty years of service and three Ambassadorial posts, as per the statement.

Envoy Sparkes arrived in Kathmandu as the British envoy to Nepal in April, 2013. Generally, British envoy has a three-year term.

Sparkes wants to keep up his relations to Nepal, for which he has an incredible love, and to proceed with his engagement with the improvement of the nation especially in the training and health areas, the statement informed.

“I may be leaving as Ambassador but I am sure I am not saying farewell to Nepal. I wish achievement and flourishing to its awesome people, and want to keep on having influence as a single person in the forthcoming festival of 200 years of unique relationship between Nepal and the UK,” the statement cited Sparkes as telling.

Foreign Minister Pandey said Ambassador Sparkes has expressed his craving to work in the field of education and health after his retirement.

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Regular bedtime beneficial for heart and metabolic health among older adults

Raghu Kshitiz

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KATHMANDU — Sufficient sleep has been proven to help keep the body healthy and the mind sharp. But a new study on sleep patterns has suggested that a regular bedtime and wake time are just as important for heart and metabolic health among older adults too.

Researchers at Duke Health and the Duke Clinical Research Institute, in a study of 1,978 older adults, have found that people with irregular sleep patterns weighed more, had higher blood sugar, higher blood pressure, and a higher projected risk of having a heart attack or stroke within 10 years than those who slept and woke at the same times every day.

The study  was published Sept 21 in the journal Scientific Reports.

“From our study, we can’t conclude that sleep irregularity results in health risks, or whether health conditions affect sleep,” said study’s lead author Jessica Lunsford-Avery.

“Perhaps all of these things are impacting each other.”

African-Americans had the most irregular sleep patterns compared to participants who were white, Chinese-American or Hispanic, the data showed.

Still, the data suggest tracking sleep regularity could help identify people at risk of disease, and where health disparities may impact specific groups.

Irregular sleepers were also more likely to report depression and stress than regular sleepers, both of which are tied to heart health.

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