Prescription for behaviour change

first_img BEHAVIOUR ANALYSIS Now, you must determine the frequency, circumstances and consequences of the behaviour to be altered or implemented. If the desired outcome is to consume less fat, you must first find out what foods in your diet are high in fat, when you eat them and when you don’t eat them – all part of the preparation stage. Knowing when you don’t eat those, points to circumstances under which you exert control of your diet and will help as you set goals. POSITIVE OUTLOOK Having a positive outlook means taking an optimistic approach from the beginning and believing in yourself and working towards change, and remaining enthused about your progress. Also you may become motivated by looking at the outcome – how much healthier you will be, how much better you will look, or how far you will be able to jog. This week’s article is a follow-up to last week’s article ‘Process to Healthy Behaviour’ Using the same plan for every individual who wishes to change a behaviour will not work. The same prescription would not provide optimal results for a person who has been inactive for 20 years compared with one who walks regularly three times each week. This principle also holds true for people who are attempting to change behaviours. People respond more effectively to a process according to the stage of change they have reached, thus, applying any process at each stage of change enhances the likelihood of changing the behaviour permanently. The following description of the most common processes of change will help to develop a personal plan for change. SOCIAL LIBERATION This stresses external alternatives that make you aware of problem behaviours and contemplate change. Examples of social liberations include non-smoking areas, health-oriented cafeterias and restaurants, advocacy groups’ civic organisations, policy interventions, and self-help groups. Social liberation provide opportunities to get involved, stir up emotions and enhance self-esteem, thus helping you to gain confidence in your ability to change. SELF-ANALYSIS This is the decisive desire to modify the behaviour. If there is no interest in changing the behaviour, you won’t do it. You will remain a pre-contemplator or contemplator. A person who has no intention of quitting smoking will not quit, regardless of what anyone may say or how strong the evidence in favour of quitting. Therefore, in self-analysis you may want to prepare a list of reasons for continuing or discontinuing the behaviour. When the reasons for changing outweigh the reasons for not changing, you are ready for the contemplation or preparation stage. EMOTIONAL AROUSAL This process involves deep emotional experiences. Watching a loved one die of lung cancer caused by cigarette smoking may be all that is needed to make a person quit smoking. Other examples are dramatisation of the consequences of drug use and abuse, a film about open-heart surgery, or books illustrating damage to body systems as a result of unhealthy behaviours. COMMITMENT Upon making a decision to change, you now accept the responsibility to change and believe in your ability to do so – you have begun the preparation stage. Now, you must draw up a specific plan of action, write down your goals and share them with others. In essence, you are signing a behavioural contract for change. You would be more likely to adhere to your programme if others know you are committed to change. CONSCIOUSNESS-RAISING This is the first step in the programme. It involves obtaining information about the programme so you can make a better decision about the problem behaviour. For example, the problem could be physical inactivity. Learning about the benefits of exercise can help you to decide the type of fitness programme to pursue. This is part of the precontemplation stage. GOAL-SETTING Goals motivate change in behaviour. The stronger the goal or desire, the more motivated you will be either to change the unwanted behaviour or to implement new, healthy behaviours. Write down your goals and prepare an action plan to achieve those goals. This will help with modifying the behaviour. (This topic will continue next week).last_img read more

Scare for Lewis at trial

first_imgFormer West Indies Under-19 captain, off-spinner Ramaal Lewis, will take no further part in the fifth and penultimate Jamaica Scorpions WICB Professional League trial match currently taking place at Sabina Park. The 19-year-old, who made his first-class debut last season, will miss today’s third and final day of the three-day encounter after dislocating his shoulder. The injury occurred as he attempted field a ball at full stretch in the covers while representing John Campbell’s XI against Paul Palmer’s XI. “Lewis will not take nay further part in the match,” explained Scorpions coach, Junior Bennett. “He dived full stretch to save a ball at cover, and dislocated his shoulder. We took him to the doctor, and they slipped it back in and he is now recuperating.” Bennett, who revealed that he was the person who took Lewis to the doctor, also expressed pleasure that the injury was not more serious. “We are quite pleased that the injury is not as serious as it could have been, and we look forward to him returning to action soon, ” he said. Meanwhile, the batsmen continued to show their worth in the match-up with Palmer’s XI closing on 223 for five in reply to Campbell’s XI 363 earlier in the day. Experienced batsman Tamar Lambert scored 74 for Palmer’s XI with the skipper getting 45. All-rounder Rovman Powell, 36, was also got among the runs. Veteran spinner Nikita Miller took two for 21. Earlier, batsman Andre McCarthy, who resumed the day unbeaten on 159 finished on 163 not out as Campbell’s XI,  resuming on 346 for nine, were all out for 363.last_img read more

San Miguel Beer back in PH Cup Finals anew, closes out Ginebra

first_imgPBA IMAGESSan Miguel Beer knocked off Ginebra, 100-94, in Game 5 of their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Saturday at Cuneta Astrodome.Four-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo was unstoppable, finishing with 25 points on 11-of-18 shooting from the field, nine rebounds, and three assists to guide the Beermen to their fourth straight Philippine Cup Finals appearance, 12th overall in the conference.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also saw his triple-double effort of 10 markers, 16 boards, and 16 assists go down the drain as Ginebra makes its exit in the Philippine Cup.San Miguel faces the winner of the the other semis series between Magnolia and NLEX in a best-of-seven finals. The Hotshots and the Road Warriors are currently tied at 2-2.The scores:SAN MIGUEL 100 — Fajardo 25, Lassiter 23, Ganuelas-Rosser 14, Cabagnot 12, Santos 11, Espinas 5, Ross 5, De Ocampo 4, Pessumal 1.GINEBRA 94 — J. Aguilar 32, Mercado 14, Thompson 10, Devance 9, Ferrer 8, Tenorio 8, R. Aguilar 7, Cruz 4, Caguioa 2, Caperal 0.Quarters: 25-34, 55-55, 83-76, 100-94.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Marcio Lassiter continued his stellar showing with 23 markers powered by five triples, to go with eight boards, while Matt Ganuelas-Rosser added 14 points, eight rebounds, and three dimes.Alex Cabagnot got 12 markers, five boards, and five assists, while Arwind Santos hushed the rowdy Gin Kings faithful with a double-double of 11 points, 13 rebounds that went with four blocks, and three steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We will see if we can do this, but there is a very good chance for it because the advantage is with us,” said San Miguel coach Leo Austria, who gets a chance to continue the dynasty with a possible sixth title in four years.Playing like the champions that they are, the Beermen overcame a double-digit deficit in the second quarter and weathered everything the Gin Kings threw at them in the fourth quarter. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina San Miguel took an 83-72 lead before Sol Mercado and Jervy Cruz rallied Ginebra back and even gained a 90-87 edge midway through the final frame.Santos nailed a booming triple to knot the score at 90 with 6:04 to play, triggering a 13-3 final assault to finish the game. He also played huge on the defensive end late.Despite finishing the best-of-seven series in five games, Austria admitted that eliminating Ginebra wasn’t as easy as it appeared for San Miguel.“We know Ginebra will come out hard because their backs were against the wall. But our players refused to lose because they knew the importance of this game,” he said.Japeth Aguilar topscored for the Gin Kings with 32 points on top of four rebounds, while Mercado had 14 on a 4-of-10 sniping from downtown.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Rondina tells Tigresses: ‘Don’t make me famous, make UST famous’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters View commentslast_img read more

Japan-Liberia Dialogue a Milestone

first_imgForeign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan has said that the newly established Japan-Liberia Business and Investment Dialogue marked a milestone and a major turning point in Liberia’s drive for Economic and Development Diplomacy.Giving the official opening remarks of the dialogue at the C. Cecil Dennis auditorium at the Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday in Monrovia, Minister Ngafuan told the audience: “We have come to concretize our commitment to the building of a vibrant private sector in Liberia. We are here to discuss how to deepen bilateral trade to practical presentations and exchanges of ideas to foster trade and investment.”The establishment of the Japan-Liberia Dialogue is the result of bilateral discussions held between President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Japanese Prime Minister Abe last year,  during the fifth Tokyo International Conference on Africa Development (TICAD V) held in Japan. This was where the idea of a dialogue was given birth. Both leaders discussed the importance of investment in Liberia and agreed to initiate a Policy Dialogue between the two governments.The Dialogue brought together participants from the Japanese Business sector, led by Japanese Ambassador to Liberia, Naoto Nikai, and officials of the Liberian Government and Liberia’s private sector executives led by Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan. Prominent amongst the executives of the Japanese business delegation was Mr. Sachio Kaneki, Senior Vice President of Mitsubishi Corporation.Minister Ngafuan, in his opening speech, described the Dialogue as critical to the restoration of direct trade and investment between the two countries which would serve as a fulcrum from people to people relationship as well as business to business partnership.He stressed the importance of the Dialogue which is in line with Liberia’s Agenda for Transformation as Japan is one Liberia’s longest standing partners in the Asian region and was one of the first countries to resume diplomatic ties to Liberia after the election of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.The Liberian Foreign Minister then admonished participants to focus on relevant issues that will lead to the increase in bilateral cooperation, increased trade volume and make Liberia a strategic trading partner to Japan.The Chief Liberian diplomat hailed many Japanese contributions to Liberia, ranging from power to infrastructural developments, including the donation of 15,000 metric tons of petroleum products, the contribution of a 10 megawatts of power to the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), the ongoing construction of the Somalia Drive, the Japanese Food Aid and the financing of major projects in the country, among others.Minister Ngafuan  urged Liberian and Japanese business executives to identify areas of common interests and activities within the framework of business and investment promotions.“Lastly,’ he asserted, “in  furtherance of our ties and as a way to cement our cherished relationship with Japan, we look forward to the promised reopening of the Japanese Embassy in Monrovia which will further bolster the friendship and ties between Liberia and Japan and will ease the process of acquiring visas and boost trade and investment between our two countries.”The Senior Vice President of Mitsubishi Corporation Mr. Kaneki, lauded both governments for what he called a remarkable decision that brought together the private sector from each country.While encouraging his colleagues at the occasion to explore new investment opportunities in Liberia, Mr. Kaneki noted that the economic relationship between Liberia and Japan is not new: “In Japan, Liberia has been known as the most famous country for business registration.”He also spoke profoundly of Liberia’s maritime program, noting that it has hundreds of ships flying the Liberian flag which covers about 12.5% of total operating ships in the world.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“We must protect the gains of independence”– Harmon tells Region 3 residents

first_imgMinister of State, Joseph Harmon, called on residents of Essequibo Islands-West Demerara (Region Three) to rise above political, ethnic and religious differences and work together as one in order to protect the gains ofMinister of State Joseph Harmon delivered remarks at the flag raising ceremony in Region Threepast generations of Guyanese, who sacrificed their lives for Guyana’s Independence.The Minister was at the time delivering remarks at a flag raising ceremony on Wednesday organised by the Regional Administration of Region Three held at the Synthetic Athletic Track at Leonora, West Coast Demerara.“Where we are today is a result of the hard work done by all of the governments that we have had since Independence. I make no distinction here because we believe that every government, every politician and every individual had a role to play in making us who we are and allowing us to be where we are today,” he said.The Minister said that 50 years ago when Guyana achieved Independence from Britain, it was in a state of crisis with poor and in some cases, non-existent roads, schools and other vital infrastructure. He said that today some of those challenges still persist but assured that the Coalition Government stands committed to providing the kind of leadership that is required to make the country a better place for future generations.“We can fix these problems if we work together as one people. National unity is [an] imperative… If we work together our destiny will be a strong one,” Minister Harmon said.He also spoke of the Administration’s policy of ensuring that Guyana becomes an education nation. He said that education moves a nation from poverty to prosperity and said that, “we are going to create the conditions in this country that would make you want to remain here to work and live and those who would have migrated would want to return home.”Meanwhile, Regional Chairman, Julius Faerber also spoke of the struggle for Independence and said that it is an extremely great achievement of which all Guyanese must be proud.Apart from the flag raising ceremony and military parade done by ranks of the Joint Services stationed in the Region, there was also a packed cultural programme with performances by students from a number of schools in the region.last_img read more

UG launches Cheddi Jagan photographic and book exhibition

first_imgIn commemoration of the birth centenary of the late President of Guyana, Dr Cheddi Jagan, the University of Guyana (UG) on Wednesday launched a photographic and book exhibition in honour of his life’s work.The event featured key speakers including UG Registrar, Dr Nigel Gravesande;Some of the works that were on display at the exhibitionProfessor Emeritus Winston McGowan and Dr Jagan’s daughter Nadira Jagan-Brancier.During his address, Professor McGowan referred to the works of the late President as “phenomenal” and summarised the range of his works. He also stressed on the humble persona which enveloped Dr Jagan and his famous books, one of which is the The West on Trial that speaks of Guyana’s fight for freedom.The Professor also quoted Dr Jagan saying, “I first wanted to be a doctor. Didn’t want to be merely a specialist and craftsman and cure individual aches and ills. I wanted to cure the ills of society. I want to know that I have served humanity as a human being.”Meanwhile, Jagan-Brancier used her platform to speak on the personal life of her father, his ambitions and hobbies.In addition, there was also a voice clip presented on behalf of UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith, who noted that the University was using the exhibition as an opportunity to have conversations about important personalities, policies, and projects.“We are intending at our university to raise how we deliver intellectual discourse to extend the perimeter of our engagement beyond the places where we have campuses,” he stated.At the exhibition, which was hosted at the Education Lecture Theatre (ELT), various photographs, books, newspaper articles and other publications which were composed by Dr Jagan were displayed. The organisers also noted that this was just a fraction of his works which they were able to gather and there were many outstanding pieces in other parts of the world.In the coming days, the exhibition will be held at other areas in the country. It will commence on March 22-29 at the UG Turkeyen Campus, followed by the National Library Main Branch from April 3-10, the National Library New Amsterdam Branch from April 23-30 and finally concluding with the National Library Linden Branch from May 4-11.The coordinators are urging all students to visit the various exhibitions so as to gain more knowledge on the works of the late President of Guyana. The birth centenary of Dr Cheddi Jagan will be celebrated on March 22, 2018.last_img read more

Predators have successful weekend in exhibition series

first_imgFirst Period goals:Payton Bowen, with an assist from Jordyn Larson & Hannah PiketPayton Bowen, with an assist from Hannah Piket & Kasey DitnerBeth Connelly, unassisted goalSecond Period goals:Jerzi Westgate, with an assist from Bralin WillichMadison Fell, with an assist from Mikayla LoewenJordyn Larson, unassisted goalPayton Bowen – for the Hat Trick, with an assist from Beth Connelly & Jordyn LarsonThird Period goals:Payton Bowen, with an assist from Beth Connelly & Kendra BowenMadison Fell, with an assist from Jerzi Westgate & Kasey DitnerPredators goals from Sunday:First Period goals:Advertisement Predators coach Rob Larson was quite happy with this weekend’s outcome.“In the first game, we played pretty well. Sunday’s game was a lot tighter, there was a lot of penalties in that game so it was hard to get any flow going”, said Larson.Up next, the Predators will be heading to Fort Saskatchewan for a tournament on November 3 and 4.Predators goals from Saturday:Advertisement Jerzi Westgate, with an assist from Jaycee Bird & Kasey DitnerMadison Fell, with an assist from Payton Rogers & Jaycee BirdSecond Period goals:Payton Rogers, with an assist from Payton Bowen & Jordyn LarsonThird Period goals:Payton Bowen, with an assist from Kendra BowenPayton Bowen, with an assist from Bralin WillichHannah Piket, unassisted goalcenter_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C. Predators female hockey team had quite the weekend as they went against the Beaverlodge as part of an exhibition series.On Saturday, the Predators hosted Beaverlodge at the North Peace Arena winning the game 9-1.Payton Bowen was voted Most Valuable Player of the game.- Advertisement -On Sunday, the Predators travelled to Hythe for the second game of the series against the Beaverlodge.The game was tough as many penalties were given to both teams throughout gameplay. In the end, the Predators did manage to win the game 6-4.Jerzi Westgate was voted Most Valuable Player of the game.Advertisementlast_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP search for missing Toronto Girl

first_imgPhoto provided by Toronto Police Grande Prairie RCMP have been requested by Toronto Police Service to canvass public assistance regarding a missing 18 year old Mariam Makhniashvili- Advertisement -She was last seen on Monday September 14, 2009, at 8:30 a.m. in the Bathurst Street/Eglinton Avenue West Area of Toronto.An unconfirmed and uncorroborated tip was received that Makhniashvili may have been seen in Grande Prairie on December 2, 2009 at 9:40 a.m. at a hotel on the bypass.  Police arrived to confirm the female’s identity and she had already departed.She is described as five-foot-three, with light brown shoulder-length hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing black pants, a light blue shirt and a dark blue jean jacket.Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416−808−5300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).Advertisementlast_img read more

Shikalo hints at Bandari exit amid Yanga talk

first_img“This might be a good way for me to say goodbye though I cannot entirely say that as at now. But it is a good way for me to leave while on the right side of history after helping Bandari to clinch a title that takes them to continental football. That’s the dream of every player,” Shikalo told Capital Sport.The keeper has been a core figure for the Dockers this season, playing a massive role in their successful campaign that saw them win only their second major title with the FKF Shield as well as finishing second in the Kenyan premier League.Bandari FC goalkeeper Faruk Shikalo gives out instructions during his side’s SportPesa Cup tie against Tanzania’s Singida United at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam in February 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluBandari also reached the final of the SportPesa Cup in Tanzania, losing to Kariobangi Sharks who they beat to the Shield on Sunday.Shikalo says he is inclined to move if the offer appeals to him with the Tanzanians having posted his image on their official Twitter account welcoming him to the club, a post they have since deleted.“Yes, there have been talks, but at the moment, nothing has been concluded. There are still a few things we are yet to agree on and we will make the final decisions after the African Cup of Nations. If we agree, I will move. If not, I will continue giving my best for Bandari,” Shikalo further stated.Other than Shikalo’s departure Bandari is expected to keep most of their first team players especially with continental football beckoning for them.Bandari FC head coach Bernard Mwalala on the touchline during his side’s Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield final against Kariobangi Sharks at the Kasarani Stadium on June 1, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaHead coach Bernard Mwalala has affirmed as much, saying he will not make massive changes to his squad ahead of their CAF Confederations Cup campaign and an assault at the KPL title next season.“As a coach I will not make that mistake of trying to change the team because maybe they have not played continental football before. I will keep faith in this squad that I have and build them. Maybe add one or two but not many changes,” Mwalala affirmed.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Bandari FC keeper Faruk Shikalo poses with the Football Kenya Federation Shield trophy at the Kasarani Stadium on June 2, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 4 – Harambee Stars goalkeeper Faruk Shikalo has hinted that Sunday’s Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield triumph over Kariobangi Sharks might have been his final match for the Dockers as he closes in on a move next door to Tanzanian giants Yanga SC.Shikalo has been a prime target for the Jangwani giants since playing a starring role for Bandari in their SportPesa Super Cup campaign in Dar es Salaam in February and the Tanzanians have been said to solidify their approach.last_img read more

Sunderland 0-1 Tottenham: Ryan Mason’s late goal secures first win of the season for Spurs

first_img1 Ryan Mason Ryan Mason’s late winner handed Tottenham their first Premier League win of the season at the expense of struggling Sunderland. The England midfielder finished off a flowing Spurs move with eight minutes remaining to send the Dick Advocaat’s side to the foot of the table. Pressure will continue to mount on the Dutch coach after this defeat – his side have now taken just two points from their opening five games. The Stadium of Light has been a happy hunting ground for Spurs in recent years and Mauricio Pochettino’s side were bright in the opening stages. The visitors could have been awarded a penalty inside two minutes when Kyle Walker was bundled over by Patrick van Aanholt. Sunderland improved as the first half went on and former Tottenham man Jermain Defoe squandered a golden chance to put them ahead. Having broken the offside trap, the forward raced through on goal and his shot cannoned off the post and away to safety. Defoe caused the Spurs defence problems throughout the first half and had a good shout for a penalty after he was tugged back by Toby Alderweireld before shooting straight at Hugo Lloris. After his goalscoring exploits for England, Harry Kane was looking to get off the mark in a club shirt and he missed Tottenham’s best chance of the game in the 67th minute. Andros Townsend found the forward unmarked at the back post with a clipped cross but he mis-kicked his attempted volley. Eric Dier headed straight at Costel Pantilimon as Spurs pushed for a winner and they finally made their pressure count inside the last 10 minutes when Mason danced through midfield, combining with Erik Lamela, before lifting a deft chip over Pantilimon. Jack Rodwell lashed a shot off the bar as Sunderland poured forward in search of a late equaliser while Pantilimon denied Kane with a point-blank save and Spurs held on for a welcome first win.last_img read more